A canopy bed is a decorative bed considerably just like a 4-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the 4 corners extending 4 feet excessive or extra above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental fabric is usually draped throughout the upper space between the posts and a strong swath of fabric might create a ceiling, or canopy instantly over the bed.
A 4-poster bed is a bed with 4 vertical columns, one in each corner, that support a tester, or upper (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will often have rails to allow curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a number of antique 4-poster beds extant courting to the sixteenth century and earlier; many of these early beds are highly ornate and are produced from oak. An example of such an early sixteenth-century 4-poster resides in Crathes Fort, which was made for the original fort homeowners in the Burnett of Leys family.