A cover bed is a decorative bed somewhat just like a 4-poster bed. A typical cover bed normally options posts at every of the 4 corners extending 4 toes high or extra above the mattress. Ornate or decorative cloth is usually draped throughout the upper house between the posts and a solid swath of cloth may create a ceiling, or cover straight over the bed.
A 4-poster bed is a bed with 4 vertical columns, one in every corner, that support a tester, or upper (normally rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will often have rails to permit curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a selection of vintage 4-poster beds extant courting to the 16th century and earlier; many of those early beds are extremely ornate and are constituted of oak. An instance of such an early 16th-century 4-poster resides in Crathes Fort, which was made for the unique castle owners in the Burnett of Leys family.