A canopy bed has a headboard, or a tester, with a pole at each corner at least one and a half meters high that supports a fabric covering that can be pulled back. It is still found in many homes today and are popular in resorts and hotels for their romantic charm.
The term canopy came from France in the 14th century. The French word canope which means that the bed curtain goes back to the Latin word canopeum and earlier than that, from the Greeks konopeion, a sofa with mosquito curtains. All are derived from konops, a mosquito or a mosquito.
Considered today elegant, four-poster beds have their completely ordinary and insignificant origins. You may be interested to know that four-poster beds have evolved from a four-poster bed, a normal wooden box that encloses a bed.
The first houses during the Middle Ages had no insulation that could really provide heat and protection. In those days the houses were made of wattles and daubs with thatched roofs. Doors and windows provided annoying obstructions to the wind. They only filter the snow from the wind as it passes through the house. It was so cold that even if you had piled up in the bed with piles of blankets it wasn’t very hot.
With this requirement, a box bed has been designed with a door that closes. In fact, it has been of great help in keeping the wind away from the bed since the bed was actually inside the wooden box, keeping the warm air around. The cold breeze coming through the house may not have enough strength to cross its wall. If you were afraid of closed places, the bed was really claustrophobic.
Those who can afford fabric used to maintain body heat around the bed. Only the super rich could afford enough fabric to enclose a bed. Those who have less in life have found satisfaction inside a wooden box. With the bed on the ground, they placed the same in the corner of the room so that only the top and the two sides were enclosed.
Another reason for the creation of the box bed was the fall of objects from the roof. Thatched roofs housed caterpillars and other insects that often fell causing discomfort to those who slept underneath. For people who can afford the tissues, the stakes have been erected over to catch any stubborn parasites. Indeed, four-poster beds were a necessity in those times.
The landowners who lived in the castles had other reasons for using the four-poster beds. In the first European castles the lord, his family and his servants slept in one large room. They used four poster beds to allow for some privacy. When the castles offered separate bedrooms, four-poster beds were still in use to provide warmth.
Today canopied beds may no longer be a need, but simply a wish in France and Old England; however in many parts of the world, they are still considered a must. Where there are midges, there are nets on four-poster beds.
The four-poster beds have developed a great deal from an extremely conventional box bed to always elegant and forever desired bedroom furniture. It comes in different vogue and fashion, from carved wood to decorated cast iron. People who love magnificence prefer canopy beds decorated with matching canopy tops and luxury linens. The four-poster bed was here centuries earlier and will always be here.