Canopy beds are essentially a variation of the four poster bed. Both have four tall bedposts. However, with a four poster bed the posts may or may not be connected to the top by horizontal beams. With a canopy bed, the posts are definitely top-connected by horizontal beams. There are other differences as well. A four poster bed has an open top and optional curtains, which hang vertically from the beams. A canopy bed fabric is draped over the beams forming the canopy. Normally, a canopy bed will feature curved crossbeams to allow the canopy to form an arch. Curtains can also be added to a canopy bed to provide privacy or to create a romantic look. Likewise, mosquito netting over canopy beds has become very popular. It gives your bed an outdoor, romantic look that cannot be found with any other form of bed. The possibilities to enhance your canopy bed are endless.
The popularity of canopy beds is mostly due to the wide variety of bed styles and materials available, including wood, iron and brass. Wood beds create a more casual look whereas brass and iron beds provide elegance and class to the room. The bedposts and horizontal beams can be simple or feature intricate details, depending on your preferences and the amount of money you are willing to spend. If you are willing to spend a decent amount of money on your bed, you have the ability to create a sleeping haven for yourself and any guests which may be staying there.
Homeowners can also make a canopy for their bed. Called crown canopies, these canopies are not attached to the bed itself, but rather attached to a hoop suspended from the ceiling or on a wall shelf above the headboard. Gathered fabric is connected to the hoop or shelf and draped down toward the bed. A crown canopy is the ideal solution for homeowners who like the aesthetics and ambiance created by a canopy, but don't have the room for a full-sized canopy bed.
If you are looking to purchase a canopy for your home, you can find them at any bed or furniture store. You can also find them online at any bed, bedding or furniture website. The cost of your canopy bed will depend on the style, size and make of the bed.