We have moved into a new home and are currently planning the master bedroom, hoping to make it look different. Both of us are keen to buy a four-poster bed, but are confused about how to incorporate it into our bedroom.
From being merely a piece of furniture to sleep on, the bed has evolved into one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. And the four-poster bed has returned with a vengeance. Technically a bed with four vertical columns on the four ends to support a tester (rectangular panel to suspend curtains), this bed was traditionally designed to keep out the draught, but now it has been adapted to modern living. Being a large piece of furniture, a four-poster bed should be used in a room only if:
u Your bedroom is large enough, with a ceiling height of at least 9ft.
u The wall opposite the bed has full-length windows to offset the heavy piece of furniture and create a sense of balance in the room.
u The room is not cluttered with a cabinet, heavy bedside tables or seating.
u You have planned the placement of the bed after taking into account air conditioning and ventilation.
u You do not intend to make it a means of storage, as functionality would interfere with the aesthetics of this grand piece.
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