King Size Four Poster Bed
A four poster bed is a style of bed whereby four posts are raised from the corner of the main bed frame, usually at around 4ft. Some four poster beds also hold up an upper rectangular panel or a partial canopy.
Although the origin of the four poster bed is unknown, many antiques survive from before the sixteenth century. The historical associations with the four poster bed and its often grand size make it a statement piece of furniture for bedrooms. Due to their imposing size and presence inside a room, a four poster bed is very often thought of as a way to add a touch of grandeur to a bedroom as well as providing a central focus. King sized four poster beds, at a regular 5ft size, are suited for larger bedrooms due to the amount of room that they require.
Four poster beds can be found to match a wide variety of styles in order to suit personal preferences and bedroom décor. Initially made from heavy woods such as oak and mahogany, modern variations can be formed from other woods, such as pine, or even from wrought iron and brass. Traditional and antique styles favour the darker wood of mahogany whilst a modern touch could be found in pine or painted solid wood. The wrought iron and painted metal materials also create a modern style to fit in with the wider range of personal bedroom styles. Depending on the material used, four poster beds can be painted or varnished in order to adapt the piece to suit the requirements of the bedroom. Many four poster beds are painted to match with the colour of the bedroom interiors, whilst adding varnish and wax finishes to woods can create a vintage or antique appearance.
Many four poster beds are reproduced in famous historical styles to recreate the sense of what an original piece might have looked like in a grand stately home or manor. One of the most popular styles of four poster beds which suit the aesthetics of an antique themed room is the Tudor or Elizabethan style four poster beds. These styles generally feature thick posts, intricately moulded and carved themes around the headboards, foot board and upper panel. Beds from these era's themes are often finished in antique style varnishes and waxes in dark, rich browns and gold.
Queen Anne and Colonial styles are slender and more streamlined, with slim posts and delicate carvings in swirling styles. As with Tudor reproductions, Queen Anne and Colonial themed four poster beds favour the deeper woods of mahogany. The posts on these beds often feature rolling curves or 'barley twist' patterned carvings. Whilst Tudor and Queen Anne style four posters often come complete with a rectangular upper panel on the four supporting posts, Colonial bedposts are usually stand alone, without supporting any extra panels.
Some beds come complete with railings which can be used to add drapes and upholstery in order to add further style to the bed itself. Drapes can be added to hang as curtains or simply as a canopy across the upper panel in order to match the theme of the bed, with heavier hangings for antique and historical reproductions or lighter materials such as chiffon and silk to create an ethereal effect on modern four posters.