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More than just a place to catch some zzzs at night, this stylish furniture creates a private spot to relax, meditate, or simply breathe.

When canopy beds came on the scene in medieval days, there were no frilly fringes hanging from above or luxury fabric draped to create temporary walls. Their twofold purpose: to provide privacy and warmth to the bed’s occupants. Because members of the royal family demanded 24/7 attention, their servants often slept in the same room with them.

To afford the nobility some privacy in the shared space, beds were draped with yards and yards of sturdy materials on the top and all sides, which kept the elite cozy when the temperatur­es dropped. Eventually, canopy beds became decorative as well as a touch decadent, with sumptuous fabric draping and an air of romance. Thinking of installing a canopy bed in your home? Here’s what you need to know.

What is a canopy bed?

Traditiona­lly, it’s a type of bed with four posts (one on each corner) with fabric draped over the top and on all sides. The look is often finished with tassels or other decorative details to add drama. Today, some beds are still considered canopy beds if the bed frame has four posts that are connected at the top.

Why they’re popular

“The surge of canopy beds can be tied to consumers wanting to prioritize their wellbeing,” says Kerrie Kelly, founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, California, which serves both the residentia­l and commercial markets.

According to the American Society of Interior Designers’ 2023 trends report, homeowners’ preference­s are changing. “A canopy bed, which creates a focal point and delineates a place of rest, could be an element that would promote relaxation and a stressfree environmen­t,” says Kelly. The cocoon-like feeling a canopy bed produces is comforting and creates a soothing atmosphere for quality sleep.

How they’re different from those in the past

A traditiona­l four-poster canopy bed looks different from the ones in today’s market. “They were known for highly carved wooden corner posts draped in heavy brocade fabrics with fringe,” says Kelly. “Today’s canopy beds can feel sleek and modern using materials like iron, brushed brass, acrylic, and simple wood styling for the frame.”

Instead of old-world brocade, modern headboards may be made with seagrass, velvet, or linen. Heavy draping on the canopy and posts has been replaced by sheer fabric or no fabric at all. “This aesthetic creates a floating effect for the mattress, especially when paired with hotel-like bedding,” says Kelly.

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 ?? Photo courtesy of Content That Works ?? Contempora­ry canopy beds have the traditiona­l four posts but do without the canopy.
Photo courtesy of Content That Works Contempora­ry canopy beds have the traditiona­l four posts but do without the canopy.

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