Choosing a Poster Bed
Selecting the right size and style of bed for your master bedroom, guest room or child’s room requires an eye for style and quality, as not all beds will fit the design of your home. Poster beds, also referred to as four-poster beds, have been a classic choice for more than 500 years, as nobility chose them to grace their castle bedrooms. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a poster bed for your bedroom.
Many poster beds are decorated with intricate ornamentation carved into the wood. The four posters, tester, rails, headboard and footboard provide plenty of space for the use of carved designs such as figures, florals and scrolls.
Four-poster beds are most commonly made of wood such as oak, cherry or mahogany. Lighter colored woods are more easily stained to match existing furniture in the bedroom suite, while darker woods are usually finished with a clear veneer to showcase the natural colors and beauty of the wood.
Your bedroom must be able to accommodate the height of a four-poster bed. Small bedrooms would feel claustrophobic if outfitted with a four-poster bed. A four-poster bed works beautifully in a bedroom of larger size.
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