A canopy bed is an ornamental bed somewhat similar to a 4-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the 4 corners extending 4 feet high or extra above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental material is commonly draped throughout the higher area between the posts and a stable swath of cloth could create a ceiling, or canopy instantly over the bed.
A 4-poster bed is a bed with 4 vertical columns, one in each nook, that help a tester, or higher (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will typically have rails to permit curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a variety of vintage 4-poster beds extant courting to the sixteenth century and earlier; many of these early beds are extremely ornate and are constituted of oak. An example of such an early sixteenth-century 4-poster resides in Crathes Fortress, which was made for the unique castle homeowners in the Burnett of Leys family.