A canopy bed is a decorative bed considerably just like a four-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the four corners extending four feet high or extra above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental cloth is commonly draped throughout the higher house between the posts and a stable swath of fabric may create a ceiling, or canopy directly over the bed.
A four-poster bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in each nook, that assist a tester, or higher (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will often have rails to permit curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a selection of antique four-poster beds extant dating to the sixteenth century and earlier; many of these early beds are extremely ornate and are created from oak. An instance of such an early sixteenth-century four-poster resides in Crathes Fortress, which was made for the unique fort homeowners in the Burnett of Leys family.