These four poster bed ideas are modern and chic. Because while they might be Medieval in origin, four poster beds are very much of the moment.
The four poster bed is seeing a serious revival in modern bedrooms; gone are traditional overtones and classically curvaceous lines – the modern makeover comes in the form of unusual materials and stylish shapes.
The below 23 four poster bed ideas range from dramatic wood structures and glitzy disco beds to sleek, simple, minimalist designs. We love the whimsical, dream-like beds too; like the canopy bed draped in mesh fabric, and the steel bed frame that twists like branches, crowned with steel flowers at the top.
Metals have really come to the fore, including brass and moulded steel.
Originally designed as a practical way to maintain warmth and privacy, four poster beds – or canopy beds – are hands down the grandest style of bedroom furniture.
As well as the intricate, carved style you're used to seeing in stately homes, in recent times the design has been given a creative makeover to suit chic, modern bedroom ideas.
Many are designed drape-free, the simplicity of wood poles drawing the eyes upward to enhance the ceiling height.
However, the addition of drapes absorbs external sounds and lends insulating, cosseting qualities, meaning you can cut back on the heating. So it's practically saving you money.
Ensure your room is large enough to take a sizeable bed and keep the rest of your furniture to a minimum for a look that’s simple, striking and oh-so chic.
These styles prove that four poster beds aren't just for fairy-tales. And once you try four poster, you'll never go back.
Explore 23 of our favourite four poster bed ideas below...
1. Drape fabric for an eclectic edge
Don't let walls have all the fun; an expertly executed four-poster bed will transform any bedroom. Here, a bold Navajo-inspired upholstery fabric brings an eclectic edge, while soft drapes channel hotel style.
A classic Serge Mouille wall light punctuates the calm palette and complements the metal framed four poster.
The four poster bed helps draw the eye up, emphasising the ceiling height. Any other bed might have been dwarfed by the space.
This room is quite big, so a four poster bed was chosen to help draw the eye up and make the most of the ceiling height.
Soften a simple white metal four-poster by wrapping it with layers of fabric.
We love the way modern furniture contrasts against the rustic, traditional floors and walls, giving it a fresh look.
A neutral bedroom is jazzed up with an unusual steel Roses and Ivy four-poster bed by metal designer Jaz Asbury, from £1,500.
This master bedroom designed by the Novogratz is full of drama; from the modern four poster bed to the statement lighting and art. Explore the rest of this home here...
With 10 foot ceilings design firm Alice Lane knew that they could get away with a tall canopy bed that would anchor this master bedroom and add a sense of grandeur. The designers added the Garlon bone inlayed desk from Made Goods at the end of the bed to create a functional work space in the bedroom.
A lot of the pieces for this home – including this bed – were sourced at rock down prices, either online or in clearance sales.
Glamorous metallic furniture mixed with quirky accessories make this the perfect teenage girl bedroom scheme.
The bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space.
Create an indulgent sleep space with a dramatic timber bed and layers of linen. The king-sized four-poster is from Raft, £1,854, shown with crushed linen bedding from Volga Linen, priced from £45.
The drama of this design comes from its architectural lines and simplicity.
A four-poster bed fills this room, looking striking and elegant. Blackout blinds are installed in here to keep out the morning sun and are controlled through a centralised system on the owner’s smartphone or tablet.
Brass combines dramatically with fuchsia in this disco-inspired scheme.
The owners here majored on pastels when it came to choosing the colour scheme, such as the pastel pink in the bedroom an ideal backdrop for the dark wood four poster.
A deep blue wraps around this bedroom, while the glossy verticals of a four-poster bed draw the eye upwards.
The ceiling cornicing was remoulded, based on what was originally downstairs. The central rose beautifully frames a dramatic light over the four poster.
Brass details add a luxe look to this room.
There’s a Victorian Gothic vibe to the scheme, inspired by the antique four poster. White floorboards, crisp paintwork and that prim print wallpaper keep it looking fresh.
This bed was custom-made and set against the striking backdrop.
This four poster gives the uncluttered, clean design a slight edge, and prevents it from looking boring.