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I’ve been thinking about four-poster beds lately, and if it’s right for our bedroom. What’s been holding me back is the fact that ours is a smallish bedroom. I must admit that there’s something regal about these beds, but they also seem to eat up visual space. In any case, I’ve decided to look into them a little more closely. Canopy beds are close cousins of the four-poster bed. They’re different in that they have an overhead roof-like structure covering the bed. I read that these beds were designed more out of utility than luxury. Medieval barons often had attendants sleeping in the same room, so four posters with curtains helped create a room within a room.

The warmth and coziness that this photograph emits almost has me convinced.

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Here’s an interesting, modern twist to the four-poster bed by New-Zealand-based designer, David Trubridge. It doesn’t serve the purpose and intent of the original poster bed, but it’s, nevertheless, visually appealing. I hope to write a separate post some time soon on some of his other amazing designs.

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You could play around with the posts and side rails to introduce intricate designs and detailing into your room.

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That rustic, unpolished finish (or lack of it?) looks good on everything, even four-poster beds!

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Here’s another endearing poster bed that complements a white background amazingly well.

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What do you think of four-poster beds? Are you for or against them? I’ve never had one, so I would love some thoughts on it.

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