10 best four-poster beds
Sleep in style with a statement piece of bedroom furniture
For the ultimate grand bedroom statement, go for a four-poster bed. Styles include whimsical metal beds fit for fairy-tales, clean and rectangular wood frames that make a focus of your bed, and opulent designs that have a five-star luxury feel.
If you’re tempted, bear in mind these luxury pieces are pricey: most are in the £1,500-2,000 range.
It’s best to choose a style you know you’ll stick with.
Four-poster beds are mostly suited to larger spaces with high ceilings, but there are some more simple styles that could work for more modest bedrooms.
Most beds in this style accommodate a top frame to drape light fabric from if you wish – but modern styles look best without for visual impact.
Some styles of four-poster bed don’t have the top frame, but instead feature four tall and exaggerated bedposts.
Keraton carved four poster bed: £1,596, Lombok
Handcrafted from solid teak, Lombok’s Keraton bed is something quite special.
Artisans in Indonesia use traditional methods to make the structure, carve the details and apply layers of rich and glossy brown finish.
The details and shaping have an Eastern style, but are subtle enough to work in a range of spaces. Makes a beautiful focal point in larger bedrooms.
Houseology Collection Safari Boutique king bed: from £959, Houseology
This high-end bed from Houseology has a tropical resort feel, made in a combination of mango wood, teak, mahogany and ash.
It’s contemporary in style, stained black, and with a hint of pattern carved into the headboard for an exotic touch.
The wood frame feels solid, and has the advantage of being warm to the touch over metal. It comes in a superking version too.
Vox 4YOU four poster king bed: £699, Cuckoo Land
This modern four-poster bed, from Polish brand Vox, is best for adaptability and has tons of options for added storage.
Around the base of the bed there are small alcoves for books, blankets and candles. Under the mattress itself, there’s a compartment for larger items.
The ladder accessory (extra), can be used to hang lights, plants or lightweight organisers from.
Sassy Boo Majestic four poster kingsize bed: £1,299, French Bedroom Company
More is more on this kingsize bed that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale. There’s no canopy to hang a voile from, but then you’d want to leave the details open to admire.
Four twisting pillars give the bed its wow factor – each is topped with a traditional acorn finial, and a relief pattern at the base.
The quality is superior but princesses beware, it does require self-assembly.
Norman four poster bed: £919, Maisons du Monde
A cool and modern take on the four-poster, the Norman bed has a slim frame made in solid oak and oak veneer.
It’s quite low, which can make it difficult to get in and out of, and leaves no space for underbed storage.
It’s simple, but reasonably priced, and has some nice touches like the way the columns taper towards the top. You’ll need to purchase the slatted base separately.
Pinner four poster bed: £899, Heals
The proportions of the Pinner bed are based on designs in the Heals archives which go back to 1810.
With turned legs and tall head posts, this piece is made for customers who want to marry tradition with modern style. It’s also a fun piece for those who want a grown-up take on the four poster.
It’s made from aged limed oak and is finished in white or a more striking blue.
Elena four-poster metal kingsize bed frame: £1,099, Bensons for Beds
Another bed that’s fit for a princess, Elena has a steel alloy frame finished in shiny nickel.
Scrolling details and crystal ball finials add an extra touch of bling. Metal frames can feel less sturdy than wood (especially for double and king-size), but are lighter to assemble and move around if needed.
It comes with comfortable sprung slats and a one-year guarantee.
Clarissa four-poster bed with mattress: from £139.99, Studio
Proving that four-poster beds don’t have to come with a huge price tag is Studio’s Clarissa bed.
The steel frame is lightweight and fairly easy to put together. It’s simple in style but looks more impressive when draped with voile curtains.
A sprung mattress is included, making this bed even more of a steal. Comes in black or white.
Kingsize black lacquer four-poster bed: £2,895, Orchid Furniture
Orchid’s decadent kingsize bed is inspired by the orient, but has a modern rather than antique feel.
Made from solid Chinese elm, the sturdy bed frame has fretwork to the head and footboards and is treated in traditional glossy black lacquer.
To keep the lustre of the finish, use a silicone-based cleaning spray and a soft duster. A premium option with heirloom value.
Gold frame double canopy bed with blue headboard: £1,565, Out There Interiors
This luxury piece brings a five star hotel feel to the bedroom. A contrast of two sumptuous materials – velvet on the headboard and a brushed brass finish on the frame – gives it a glam look.
The frame is strong, despite the slim profile. The frame comes in black too, with the choice of a grey velvet or wood veneer panel headboard. Delivery is free.
The Verdict: Four-poster beds
You can’t have a four-poster bed without a little fantasy involved. Lombok’s design has exoticism by way of Eastern detailing, but the quality, craft and finish make it a sensible buy too.
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