A cover bed is an ornamental bed somewhat similar to a 4-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at every of the 4 corners extending 4 feet high or more above the mattress. Ornate or ornamental fabric is commonly draped across 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 every nook, that assist a tester, or higher (usually rectangular) panel. This tester or panel will often have rails to permit curtains to be pulled around the bed. There are a number of vintage 4-poster beds extant courting to the sixteenth century and earlier; many of those early beds are highly ornate and are produced from oak. An instance of such an early sixteenth-century 4-poster resides in Crathes Fortress, which was made for the original castle house owners in the Burnett of Leys family.