Whether it is paired with lavish drapery or left undressed, a stately canopy bed can be a romantic focal point in a bedroom as well as a cozy place to sleep. Dramatic posts, sturdy bed frames, and designs that range from understated to decorative make these beds a majestic addition to any bedroom. At Overstock, you’ll find an extensive assortment of stylish beds from industry-leading brands like Inspire Q, Hillsdale, Corsican, and Furniture of America to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Browse our diverse selection to find the canopy bed that will complete your dream home and make your master suite or guest room a luxurious haven for rest and relaxation.
Canopy Beds 101
Diversity of Styles
The defining trait of any canopy bed is a spacious canopy raised high over the mattress by four solid posts, one at each corner, which elevates the classic four poster bed style and provides a comfortably secluded feeling when you lie in the bed. To help bedding, mattresses, and box springs stay in place, many canopy beds also feature robust side rails. Though this design originates from the regal bedchambers of medieval kings and queens, modern canopy beds can be constructed to fit virtually any style ranging from folksy farmhouse boudoirs to trendy urban bedrooms. Some canopy frames are designed to display the natural beauty of knotted lumber for rustic appeal, while others feature polished angular framework for contemporary flair. For traditional refinement, find a bed with gorgeous swirling posts, a dark finish, and decorative finials. For an eclectic or transitional room, an updated classical bed with subtle embellishments and a gracefully curved canopy can provide the perfect blend of adornment and simplicity. Whatever your style, you can find a canopy bed to match on Overstock.
Typically made from metal, wood, or a handsome combination of the two, canopy beds are built to last a lifetime and retain their initial beauty. Metal options include aluminum, steel, and wrought iron. Each of these metals has unique characteristics and advantages over the other two. Aluminum is the most common material used for making beds because it is lightweight, and tubular aluminum frames can provide remarkable strength. Wrought iron has a natural black color that delivers imposing majesty, making it a popular material for crafting traditional furniture. It is exceptionally heavy though, so it is most often used as an accent on frames that are constructed from lighter materials. High-quality steel is more lightweight than iron and more durable than aluminum, making it a versatile material for constructing furniture. Each metal has a distinctive appearance, but can be finished with colored powder coatings or concealed with veneers and other materials. Wood options fall into two categories: hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwoods are denser and include options like oak, maple, and poplar. Softwoods are less dense but are typically less expensive. Softwood options include pine, cedar, and spruce. Wooden beds often display the organic patterns found in wood grain for a natural aesthetic, but may also be painted, finished, or upholstered.
Elegant fabric drapes hung from a canopy highlight the charming sequestered feeling of a canopy bed while also promoting warmth. They can be made from light, airy materials like linen and cotton or heavier fabrics like polyester and sateen. Some are made to simply hang over canopy rails and cascade down, while others are equipped with durable grommets or hanging hooks for railing to run through. Canopy beds do not require curtains and some are designed to look beautiful without them, but they can certainly give a bedroom more romantic appeal and homey comfort.
Headboards and Footboards
A headboard is a fantastic addition to any bed frame, and a handsomely crafted one can further elevate the decorative effect of a canopy bed, especially if it includes a matching footboard. Many canopy beds include headboards and footboards, but some are sold without them. Usually, these beds can still accommodate a headboard that is bought independently, allowing you to fully customize the appearance of your bed. Headboards can be crafted from all the same materials that bed frames are typically made from and they can be styled similarly as well. If your decor calls for a headboard and footboard with sumptuous tufted upholstery, nickel nailhead trim, intricate quatrefoil designs, or simple rectangular outlines, you can find all these options and more at Overstock.