A canopy bed is an ornamental bed considerably similar to a four-poster bed. A typical cover bed usually features posts at each of the four corners extending four ft excessive or more above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental cloth is often draped throughout the upper area between the posts and a strong swath of fabric may create a ceiling, or cover immediately over the bed.
A four-poster bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in each nook, that support a tester, or upper (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will typically have rails to allow curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a selection of antique four-poster beds extant relationship to the 16th century and earlier; many of those early beds are highly ornate and are comprised of oak. An instance of such an early 16th-century four-poster resides in Crathes Fort, which was made for the original citadel homeowners in the Burnett of Leys family.