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9 best four-poster beds to give your room the royal treatment

Drift off to the land of Nod in one of these dreamy statement pieces

Ali Howard
Monday 10 July 2023 13:55 BST
To up the romance, try adding some floaty curtains or twinkly string lights to the frame overhead
To up the romance, try adding some floaty curtains or twinkly string lights to the frame overhead (iStock/The Independent)
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A four-poster bed screams luxury – and who doesn’t need a slice of that right now, especially in our sanctuary-like bedrooms? This is an unapologetically excessive furniture piece, which, by its very nature, is a whimsical and romantic affair.

But if you have fairytale-like dreams for your bedroom, tread carefully in your glass slippers because bringing in a canopy frame is the quickest way to overwhelm a space. Think carefully about whether you have the available square footage to accommodate such an imposing bed frame. If you do, your stately four-poster will elevate your bedroom in an instant, creating a positively regal focal point.

When it comes to trends, traditional four-posters have evolved. Now there’s a wealth of new contemporary designs on offer, from wooden beds with sharp geometry to those with industrial styling in powder-coated steel or even brushed brass for a touch of luxury. Some even have nifty integrated storage.

Whichever style and material you choose, you can always up the romance with the addition of floaty voiles or twinkling fairy lights hung overhead.

With such a large piece of furniture coming through the door, you’ll need to roll your sleeves up and be prepared for some self-assembly – but thanks to the general cubic shape of these beds, the construction is largely self-explanatory, albeit the labour is typically a two-person job.

How we tested

We put our top four-posters to the test, weighing up quality of craftsmanship against affordability, whilst looking for that all-important wow factor. We measured ease of assembly and considered how different designs would suit different spaces and ceiling heights.

The best four-poster beds for 2022 are:

  • Best four-poster bed overall – Get Laid Beds low four poster wooden bed frame: From £684,
  • Best four-poster bed for high ceilings – Oka Hester four-poster bed, king size, natural: £2,995,
  • Best four-poster bed for impressive woodwork – Heal’s Marlow 4-poster king-size bed, walnut: £2,949,
  • Best four-poster bed for open design – French Bedroom Company dreaming spires rattan 4-poster bed, king: £1,995,
  • Best four-poster bed for purse-friendly romance – Next Isla metal 4 poster bed frame with upholstered headboard: From £750,
  • Best four-poster bed for integrated storage – Vox 4 You 4 poster bed with storage, king: £945,
  • Best four-poster bed for a regal sleep – And So To Bed Hoxton four poster bed, brass: From £6,730,
  • Best four-poster bed for quality craftmanship – Raft Milbrook four-poster bed: From £2,425,
  • Best budget-friendly four-poster bed – Habitat Blissford four-poster double wooden bed frame, black: £440,

Get Laid Beds low four poster wooden bed frame

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  • Best: Four-poster bed overall
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 145cm x L 202cm x H 200cm

We’re not all blessed with the proportions of a grand period property, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in on the grandeur of a four-poster. This low-lying bed frame essentially forgoes the legs and any under bed space to achieve its striking height. Without legs, the bed is pleasingly cubic in shape, which gives it a cool, contemporary feel – not to mention a laid-back aesthetic.

Really impressive though is the brand’s choice of 17 frame sizes from small single up to super Caesar, and including some EU dimensions, meaning you can choose a frame that’s just right for your space. Chunky and sturdy in feel, the bed comes in solid pine or hardwood, is available in a comprehensive range of finishes from the rich and warm coffee bean to the chic and fashion-forward black, and even has options for accessories like drapes and floating shelves. It’s practically bespoke, then.

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Heal’s Marlow 4-poster king-size bed, walnut

  • Best: Four-poster bed for impressive woodwork
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 161.2cm x D 211.4cm x H 200cm

You wouldn’t usually associate mid-century modern design with a four-poster bed, but Heal’s has pulled it off perfectly with this lofty frame in dark wood. The handiwork of industrial designer Tim Rundle, the bed is crafted from a rich and warm solid walnut (a staple of Sixties furniture) and features subtly curved joints and beautifully smooth and rounded posts. Its integrated headboard, upholstered in a smart grey cotton/linen blend, complements the mid-century stylings, while the frame itself is elegantly elevated off the ground, giving the illusion of extra floor space. Of course, this one’s all about the barely there joinery, making it a feat of craftsmanship.

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Oka Hester four-poster bed, king size, natural

  • Best: Four-poster bed for high ceilings
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 168cm x D 215cm x H 225cm

If your property features magnificent high ceilings, why not flaunt them? This architecturally styled four poster bed plays on its impressive height even further with sloping rafters at the top. What we love most about the Hester is its mix of contemporary design and its undeniable romanticism: you can sleep under the eaves of this house-like frame and dress it up with drapes to soften the silhouette.

While it’s a striking aesthetic feature, the “roof” is also there to keep the piece nice and sturdy with added support. For those who appreciate the beauty of natural wood, this handmade oak frame features natural swirling grain, which awards it even more homely warmth, while its tall comfy headboard, upholstered in natural linen, offers a touch of luxury.

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French Bedroom Company dreaming spires rattan 4-poster bed, king

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  • Best: Four-poster bed for open design
  • Dimensions for king size: W 159cm x D 215cm x H 221cm

If you’re concerned about a four poster bed overwhelming your sleep space, but you still want in on the wow factor, this open-topped fairy tale like number from French Bedroom has all the answers. The bed is crafted from a hard-wearing acacia wood, which has been finished in a rustic white wash, while its integrated rattan headboard lends a laid-back feel to the overall look. The pale wood further adds to the light and airy feel of this piece, while its ornate shaping – the curved headboard and the twisted spires – adds textural warmth and unapologetic grandeur in equal measure.

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Next Isla metal 4 poster bed frame with upholstered headboard

  • Best: Four-poster bed for purse-friendly romance
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 144.5cm x D 200.5cm x H 210cm

With its swooping arms and crown-like centre, Next’s offering is an utterly romantic one, hinting at Louis XVI shaping. But unlike the classic furniture pieces it mimics, this four-poster bed is pleasingly affordable, coming in at under £1,000 for a super king. Its black metal frame is lightweight but sturdy, and it boasts a slender silhouette, meaning that despite its imposing height, this one feels light and airy and doesn’t threaten to overwhelm a smaller bedroom.

Adding to the romance is its integrated headboard and tall footboard, upholstered in a chic and contemporary light grey fabric. Keep the look clean-lined and minimal, or dress it up with floaty drapes or colourful bedding and scatter cushions.

  1. £750 from
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Vox 4 You four-poster bed with storage, king

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  • Best: Four-poster bed for integrated storage
  • Dimensions for king size: W 168cm x D 238cm x H 206cm

If you ever find yourself envious of your kid’s bunk bed complete with integrated storage spaces and nifty shelving, this rather more grown-up affair will appeal. Contemporary and unapologetically chunky in design, the bed features a wealth of storage nooks on all four sides for housing books and magazines and boxes of bits and bobs.

But here, the ladders aren’t for climbing up, rather, they’re designed for hanging trailing house plants, lighting, or whatever your imagination allows, and that’s the beauty of it. There’s even the option of a raised mattress mechanism for additional storage space in the centre of the piece. Crafted from durable laminated board, and finished in smooth white, it feels fresh and modern, too.

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And So To Bed Hoxton four poster bed, brass

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  • Best: Four-poster bed for a regal sleep
  • Dimensions for king size: W 150cm x D 200cm x H 221cm

For a truly palatial boudoir, a Louis XVI style four poster bed is an obvious choice. But this gilded number from And So To Bed is equally grand with its clean, contemporary lines. Available in king and super king sizes, the Hoxton is fashioned from luxurious brushed brass and boasts hidden fittings so as not to interrupt the smooth silhouette of the canopy frame.

This one’s all about the imposing headboard, which is made up of three large rectangular panels and comes in a choice of sumptuous fabrics. Of course, this matches the panelling of the bed itself, which brings the luxurious look together. One for homemakers with deep pockets, the bed isn’t cheap, but it promises to be a future heirloom.

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Raft Milbrook four-poster bed

  • Best: Four-poster bed for quality craftmanship
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 158cm x D 200cm x H 216cm

Raft is a brand synonymous with top quality, handcrafted wooden furniture pieces, and the Milbrook four-poster bed is entirely to type. Imposing and chunky in design, the frame certainly demands some space, but it brings a wonderfully rustic feel to the bedroom, thanks to its beautiful dark stained teak – complete with all the naturally occurring swirls and grains and knots.

Scoring points on sustainability, the wood is responsibly sourced, too, allowing us to sleep soundly knowing we’re doing our bit for the planet. Best of all is its timeless quality. You wouldn’t be able to date this handsome bed frame, thanks to its fuss-free design that simply celebrates exceptional woodwork and craftsmanship.

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Habitat Blissford four-poster double wooden bed frame, black

  • Best: Budget friendly four-poster bed
  • Dimensions for standard double: W 145,cm x L 200cm x H 200cm

At under £500, our most affordable pick is this contemporary noir number from Habitat. The Blissford boasts a sturdy wooden frame, which is painted in jet black, bringing glamour and dark drama to the bedroom. Despite its purse-friendly price tag, this one feels sufficiently robust thanks to its strong makeup and impressive joints. You won’t find any wobbles here. The classic four-poster bed is pleasingly simple in design and features an integrated headboard in the same material, as well as subtly tapered legs. Contemporary grandeur on a budget.

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The verdict: Four-poster beds

While it may be a practical solution to bedrooms with a lower ceiling, we loved the way Get Laid Beds’ low four-poster wooden bed frame looked in our sleep space. It offered a cool, laid-back vibe, and it made rolling out of bed in the morning so easy. Its cubic wooden frame is solid and chunky and offers an immediate wow factor.

We also loved Oka’s Hester for its impressive architectural shaping and its mix of rustic wood and natural linen: a furniture piece with immediate calming properties.

For more bedroom furniture favourites, try our best dressing tables that turn any room into a boudoir

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