On My Radar: Canopy Beds

I’m kind of obsessed with getting a canopy bed right now. Do you know the history of the canopy bed? It’s really quite interesting.

A canopy bed is a decorative bed somewhat similar to a four-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the four corners extending four feet high or more above the mattress. Ornate or decorative fabric is often draped across the upper space between the posts and a solid swath of cloth may create a ceiling, or canopy directly over the bed.  Source

The canopy bed came into existence more for utilitarian means rather than for extravagance or decadence. Canopy beds with curtains that could completely enclose the bed were used by lords and noblemen in medieval Europe for warmth and privacy, as their attendants often slept in the same room. Until the 16th century, these beds, even those of the nobles, were fairly plain and understated. During this period, carved work on the headboard and posts became popular and more ornate canopy beds followed.  Source



Today canopy beds are used to infuse drama, glamour and create a statement in the bedroom. It also adds height and scale if that is lacking in your bedroom.  When my husband and I first got married, we had a very modern looking black canopy bed in our first home.  But alas, we sold it when we moved into our second home.  Now, I’m thinking a beautiful canopy bed in my youngest daughter’s bedroom would look super glam and allow her to grow out of a twin sized bed.  This would be my top choice for her canopy bed – available through Pottery Barn Teen – the Maison Canopy Bed.  If it came in a king size, I might even get one myself!


Here are a few more canopy beds on my radar — from sleek and modern to full out mirrored glamour!


Sources:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

So, are you into canopy beds as much as I am? Need to update your bedroom?  Give me a call, I would love to help.


Glamorously yours,



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