8 of the best four poster beds 

best four poster beds
Four-poster beds have received a modern makeover, and are set to become 2019's cult furniture buy Credit: Truedays

Medieval in origin they may be, but canopy and four-poster beds are enjoying quite the renaissance. The statement bed, which can afford both grandeur and privacy, is set to go mainstream in 2018.

If you fancy making an investment to cut back on central heating, it’s worth noting that with the addition of drapes they’re also renowned for their naturally insulating, cossetting qualities.

Four-poster drapes also absorb external sounds, creating a hushed, retreat-like sanctuary. And today's versions are far from dark and traditional: floaty Polynesian styles fit in perfectly with a summery scheme.

Go for simple fabrics for a modern, up-to-date look with our must-have list of the best four poster beds on sale now. 

1. GOA Four Poster Solid Acacia Wood Bed

£486, Maisons du Monde 

This 160 x 200cm canopy bed frame can be styled in myriad ways. For us, it has a hint of the effortlessly stylish bachelor pad about it. It's our star buy thanks to its chic, modern aesthetic.

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2. Sheherazad Four Poster Canopy Bed

£324, Maisons du Monde

This seasonally transitional design borrows from the Polynesian tradition. It works unadorned in minimal schemes or can be dressed up with drapes to create something more lavish. The curvaceous, slim metal frame is finished in a soft brown that would work as beautifully with muted tones as it would with brightly-coloured accents. Either way, four ivory net drapes are included.

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3. Antique Colonial Raj Regency Style Four Poster Bed (Circa 1850)

£8,650, Etsy

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Etsy is a treasure trove for vintage furniture and this four-poster bed is no exception. The 6ft-wide beauty, which fits a standard UK super king mattress, is inspired by Regency design and maintains an excellent condition. The rich ebony and natural grain are guaranteed to make it a focal point. The price is grand, to be sure, but it is truly one of a kind. 

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4. Colonial Four Poster Bed by Prestington

£1063.33, wayfair.co.uk

This exquisite four-poster bed (available in Double, King and Super King size) is a sight to be seen. The posts themselves are intricately hand-carved with a fluted detail, while additional carvings on the headboard and footboard bring the entire look together. In solid mahogany, this four-poster is bound to stay in the family for many generations to come.

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5. Martel Four Poster Bed

£829.99, Wayfair

For more of a 'global traveler' vibe, allow us to point you in the direction of this ethnically-detailed wood bed with a slatted base. It will add elegance to a shabby-chic scheme, and is relatively easy to put together – though assembly is required. Thankfully, that helps it fit up most staircases and the result of your efforts is a sturdy and beautiful four poster bed you'll want to keep forever.

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6. Pimlico Four Poster Bed

£1,195, The White Company

Part of The White Company's classic Pimlico collection, featuring furnishings in matt white, the Pimlico four-poster bed is constructed from a solid alder frame and a base of birch-ply slats. Delivered flatpack, it requires assembly - but is so worth it. The king-size version is 220cm in height and 162.2cm x 217cm.   

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7. Moroccan Four Poster Bed

£549, Get Laid Beds

This roof-grazing design has a Moroccan feel, and can be completely customised to fit your room and aesthetic. Available in a number of pine and hardwood finishes, the beauty is in the tall bedposts themselves – they taper down into turned block-and-vase legs. Matching underbed storage is also available, if desired.

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8. Milleunanotte Four Poster Super-King Bed

£5,844, The Conran Shop

This wenge-stained oak and pelle Scozia super-king manufactured by Italian design house Zanotta is the bed of modernists' dreams. Designed in 2006 by Emaf Progetti, it features clean lines, and is  a modern twist on a classic silhouette. The leather achieves a balance between stain-resistance and suppleness, and is paired with adjustable beech wood slats.