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Poster Beds Buying Guide

Classic, refined, and good-looking, the poster bed has been a popular choice for bedrooms through the ages. Today's poster beds are just as appealing.

Types of Poster Beds

Types of Poster Beds

Poster beds come in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes, and there are several different styles to choose from. Most are made from wood in a variety of finishes, but there are some metal versions. Here is a list of the types to look for.

Poster Beds with Canopies

Technically a poster bed does not need to have the testers that connect to the top of each post to support a canopy. But many do. You can leave the posts and testers in place but not add the fabric canopy or bed draperies.

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Rooms To Go
$1,499.99

Opulent retro Hollywood styling makes the Dumont canopy bed an impressive selection for your bedroom. Four oversized carved posts ...support a dramatic upholstered canopy. Pleated fabric with a diamond pattern gathers around a button center creating a beautiful focal point. This bed and accompanying pieces are made with pine solids and mahogany veneers with a dark cherry finish. read more

Rooms To Go
$1,499.99

Opulent retro Hollywood styling makes the Dumont canopy bed an impressive selection for your bedroom. Four oversized carved posts ...support a dramatic upholstered canopy. Pleated fabric with a diamond pattern gathers around a button center creating a... read more

I Love Living
$409.99

Update your bedroom with this Lauren King canopy bed. This king-size bed has a metal frame that adds a modern appearance, while th...e cream upholstery complements the black finish for a beautiful-looking bed that is easy to add to your existing decor.... read more

Home Styles
$609.99 $548.99

Elevate your sleeping accommodations with this canopy bed. Cathedral grain cherry veneers cover mahogany solids for a rich wood lo...ok suitable for traditional-style bedrooms. Detailed panels on the headboard and footboard, picture frame moldings and... read more

I Love Living
$289.99

Rejuvenate an outdated bedroom while offering an ideal place to slumber with the Lauren canopy bed. For a touch of charm and extra... comfort, this bed frame features a large, foam-filled headboard wrapped with gray microfiber upholstery and is designed... read more

Baxton Studio
$408.49

Stately swirls and curves combine to hoist this canopy bed above typical budget-minded bedroom furniture. Our Monticello metal con...temporary queen-Size canopy bed features antique-black powder-coated tubular metalwork that cleverly combines style and... read more

Home Styles
$583.74 $525.37

Update your bedroom's decorative motif with the contemporary styling of this Naples queen canopy bed. With light airy colors and y...outhful vitality, this white canopy bed features modern details such as slightly tapered square legs and canopy poles. The... read more

Home Styles
$635.99 $572.39

Relax in resort-inspired beauty when you add this queen canopy bed and nightstand set to your room. Showcasing a raised panel desi...gn on the headboard and footboard, this bed delivers modern style to your master bedroom suite. The framed canopy creates... read more

Pencil Posts

Posts at the corners of the bed that extend fully to the ceiling but do not hold testers are called pencil posts. They taper to soft or sharp points, depending on the style. Typically the posts are straight, but they can be turned or carved.

Low Posts

A low-post bed has corner posts that are roughly half the height of standard bedposts. They are typically topped with a carved finial.

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Rooms To Go
$1,099.99

Sweet dreams begin with the impressively designed Dumont poster bed. Four large carved posts anchor the curved head and footboard.... This bed is made with pine solids and mahogany veneers. The beige microfiber plush upholstered headboard offers a wonderful contrast to the bed's rich cherry finish. And it is reversible to all wood! read more

Progressive
$1,142.49

This elegant bed is crafted with high quality oak veneers, poplar and rubberwood solids, designed to last for years to come. The h...igh headboard lends a Victorian look, while the rich brown finish completes the look. Set includes: One (1) footboard, one... read more

Legacy Classic Furniture
$891.99

Legacy Classic FurnitureA combination of headboard arches and charming horizontal paneling creates a beautiful bed without looking... overwhelming. Round finials on the top of the bed posts play into cottage aesthetics and give the bed an extra element of detail.Includes: Low poster headboard low poster footboard and rails Ca carb p2 compliant Wood: Poplar solids cathedral birch veneer and cherry veneer on table topsBed Design: Four Poster Bed Size: California King Collection: Haven Depth: 92 Finish: Buttercream White with Slight Distressing Height: 64 Style: Cottage Weight: 240 Width: 80 read more

Rooms To Go
$899.99

Sweet dreams begin with the impressively designed Dumont poster bed. Four large carved posts anchor the curved head and footboard.... This bed is made with pine solids and mahogany veneers. The beige microfiber plush upholstered headboard offers a... read more

Half-Poster

An uncommon variation of the poster bed is a half-poster, which has tall posts at the head of the bed. At the foot of the bed there might be half-posts or no posts at all.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Take these factors into consideration when choosing and bringing home a poster bed.

Size

When you buy a poster bed, take note of your ceiling height and any ceiling features such as molding, beams, or fans. The bed might fit, but make sure there are several inches to spare so the furniture doesn't look crammed in. Because poster beds take up a lot of vertical space in a room, you'll need to be sure your bedroom can accommodate not just the assembled bed, but also the assembly process; the bed will need to be erected in the room.

Height Restrictions

Work around or remove a ceiling fan or dangling light fixture, if you have one.

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INSPIRE Q
$795.49 $715.94

Featuring a simple, but meticulously detailed design, this showstopping Solivita bed features a button-tufted headboard framed wit...h a modern metal poster for an ultra luxurious look. Ideal for coordinating with contemporary decor, this ultra-chic set... read more

Home Styles
$989.99 $890.99

Inspired by the fusion of British traditional and old world tropical design, the Bermuda Poster Bed by Home Styles highlights maho...gany solids. Further inspiration can be found in the shutter style design and turned feet. Shutter-style design Turned... read more

Home Styles
$558.49 $502.64

The Chesapeake collection perfectly marries modern and traditional styling, creating a perfect fit for any setting. Whether you wa...nt to immerse yourself in a quaint simple design, or elegant refined area, The Chesapeake is the collection for you.... read more

Home Styles
$1,699.99 $1,529.99

Inspired by the fusion of British traditional and old world tropical design, the Bermuda Poster Bed and Night Stand, and Chest by ...Home Styles highlights mahogany solids. Further inspiration can be found in the shutter style design and turned feet.... read more

Greyson Living
$1,042.99 $938.69

Give your master bedroom or guest room an instant makeover with this traditional poster bed. Crown molding, curved feet and inset ...panels are just some of the details that contribute to the elegance of this piece. A carved medallion on the headboard... read more

Home Styles
$520.14 $468.13

Unadorned details such as the straight and curved lines, and slightly flared legs create the contemporary style of the Naples King... Poster Bed by Home Styles. Bed is constructed of hardwood solids and engineered wood in a smooth, white finish. Raised... read more

Home Styles
$411.49 $370.34

Enhance the look of your master bedroom with this regal four poster queen bed. With a stunning combination of slightly flared legs... and simple, unadorned details of the raised panels on the headboard and footboard, this bed frame exudes a contemporary... read more

Magnussen Home Furnishings
$928.99 $836.09

Create a bedtime atmosphere that inspires dreams of tropical vacations with this Magnussen Palm Bay poster bed. The hardwood frame... ensures reliable support, and Primavera veneers in a rich toffee finish give the bed a casual feel. The fun... read more

Home Styles
$1,148.49 $1,033.64

Inspired by the fusion of British traditional and old world tropical design, the Bermuda Poster Bed and Two Night Stands by Home S...tyles highlights mahogany solids. Further inspiration can be found in the shutter style design and turned feet.... read more

Furniture of America
$3,299.99 $2,969.99

Elegant and sophisticated in every inch of detailing, this beautifully crafted three piece bedroom set features luxurious leathere...tte and spiraling canopy posts while the rest of the pieces showcase solid wood craftsmanship. Set includes: One (1) bed,... read more

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