A four-poster bed offers the very best in classic and Victorian design. A four-poster bed share the same architectural qualities as a canopy bed, but adds an additional layer of decoration because of its height. The height of a four-poster bed typically rests on the middle or “top” of the mattress, and the additional depth comes from either ornate carvings on the posts themselves, to wood-carving detail around the outer edges of the posts. Carvings and ornate details are common on canopy beds, as well as decorative trims on the posts of the four-poster bed.
A four-poster bed typically has four strong horizontal posts, which support an upper panel or canopy. This upper panel or canopy will likely have elaborate handrails to allow free movement of curtains, and ornate cornices on the posts. The posts of a canopy four-poster bed are typically made of solid oak or birch wood, and the canopy’s framework is typically covered with tightly woven tapestry cloth. Some of these beds will also have optional wood grains carved into the posts to further enhance the bed’s aesthetic beauty. The canopy may be made of fabric, too, although most four-poster beds use heavy canvas drapes instead.
Another difference between four-poster beds and regular beds is the number of slats of curtain that can be hung. On a canopy four-poster bed, curtains can be had that hang two to four inches further back than the heavy panels of the frame, allowing for more intricate designs and more elaborate displays of drapes and curtains. The same is true for four-poster beds that use heavy velvet or silk curtains. The curtains will hang longer and wider back on these beds because they are not being held in place by horizontal rods.
A popular style of canopy four-poster bed has slatted wooden panels rather than fabric panels. The slats are usually made of oak or maple, and the wood used in the construction of these beds tends to be somewhat darker than the wood used in canopy furniture such as French beds. It is possible to find this type of four-poster bed made from either birch or maple, although birch tends to look more natural when painted, and maple looks much better when it is stained. The maple veneers look very nice when stained, although some people prefer the natural color.
One of the reasons why four-poster beds are so popular in bedrooms is because of their versatility, especially in the bedroom. When these beds are designed in a way that allows for lots of headroom (which is something that can’t always be said about regular four-poster beds), they give the bedroom a great feeling, as if you could be having guests over. This type of furnishing also gives the room a romantic feel, because the room is bigger than the furniture around it, with a feeling of expansiveness. In fact, many people choose four-poster beds not only for their own relaxation but also as a space where they can let someone else sleep while they are working.
There are also a number of places where four-poster beds are ideal for use as guest beds. Of course, no one would want to get to sleep on the floor, which is why this type of bed is a good choice for guest rooms. The larger size of the bed will allow more guests to fit in comfortably, without having to knock or bump into each other. In addition, since the beds are quite tall, it is easy for a person to climb up onto the top, giving them a comfortable place to sit. In many cases, these types of beds can be quite cozy, which is one of the reasons that so many people who have them choose them for use as guest beds.