Historically in Europe, canopy beds were a status symbol and were made from the most expensive fabrics available: silk, damask and brocade with gold and silver threads. They were very elaborate with heavy curtains completely closing the bed to keep the heat on the inside.
With the advent of modern heating, the canopy has become more decorative and less functional, sometimes supported by only two uprights at the head of the bed and extending only a few feet. In warmer climates, an awning can be made of mosquito net.
The canopy beds are of all sizes, from twin to king, and usually have a pretty valance that can be fringed. The underside of the canopy and the interior of the curtains are usually lined with a different fabric. The underside can be gathered or gathered at the center of a sunbeam or stretched. If the bed has curtains, the fasteners on the uprights allow to remove them. A curtained or pleated curtain may hang from the canopy behind the headboard.
A four-poster bed is formal and feminine, whether in a little girl’s room or in the master bedroom. While this is not a necessity, when the budget allows, a four-poster bed can be a great addition to a bedroom.