A canopy bed is an ornamental bed somewhat much like a four-poster bed. A typical cover bed often options posts at every of the four corners extending four ft high or more above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental cloth is usually draped throughout the upper space between the posts and a stable swath of cloth may create a ceiling, or cover immediately over the bed.
A four-poster bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in every nook, that help a tester, or upper (often rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will typically have rails to allow curtains to be pulled across the bed. There are a number of vintage four-poster beds extant dating to the 16th century and earlier; many of those early beds are highly ornate and are made from oak. An instance of such an early 16th-century four-poster resides in Crathes Citadel, which was made for the unique citadel owners within the Burnett of Leys family.