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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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Cymax
$369.00 $528.00
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Hillsdale - Beds - 186XBXPR - The Emily bed features a powder coat finish in refreshing white, emphasizing its romantic Victorian ...charm. Enchanting decorative detail includes a painted floral motif on the finials, a double arched headboard and footboard and subtle, spiraling scrollwork. Powder coat white finish Fairytale inspired Transitional style Linens and Mattress sold separately Includes Headboard, Footboard and Frame Some assembly required Fully welded construction Heavy gauge tubing with 1.5" round legs Full and Twin sized beds are duo panel style Canopy fabric must be purchased separately The Emily Bed with Canopy is available in twin and full sizes Specifications: Weight (depending on size selected): 92.5-93.5 lbs Dimensions: 40 H-53.5 H x 32 W x 54 W x 76.5 D Twin bed dimensions: 40 H x 32 W x 1.5 D Twin canopy dimensions: 78 H x 1.75 W x 1.75 D Full bed dimensions: 53.5 H x 32 W x 1.5 D Full canopy dimensions: 78 H x 1.75 W x 1.75 D Twin and Full bed metal metal rail dimensions: 76.5 L x 54 W Recommended Care: Dust frequently using a clean, specially treated dusting cloth that attracts and holds dust particles Do Not Use liquid, wax or abrasive cleaners as they may damage the finish read more

Home Styles

Home Styles means highly functional, innovatively designed furniture that is easily assembled. Unadorned details such as the strai...ght and curved lines, and slightly flared legs create the contemporary style of the Bedford Queen Canopy Bed by Home Styles. Bed is constructed of hardwood solids and engineered wood in a sleek, black finish. Other features include raised panels on the headboard and footboard. Dimensions: Queen - 62.50W x 87D x 60.25H; 156 lbs. King - 78.5W x 88D x 60.25H; 191 lbs. read more

Home Styles

Home Styles means highly functional, innovatively designed furniture that is easily assembled. Unadorned details such as the strai...ght and curved lines, and slightly flared legs create the contemporary style of the Naples Canopy Bed by Home Styles. The bed is constructed of hardwood solids and engineered wood in a smooth, white finish. Other features include raised panels on the headboard and footboard. Dimensions: Queen - 62.50W x 87D x 60.25H; 156 lbs. King - 78.5W x 88D x 60.25H; 191 lbs. read more

Overstock.com

Add a classic touch to your bedroom with this embellished canopy bed. A durable metal with a black finish completes this queen-siz...e bed. read more

Overstock.com

Create a stylish bedroom when you decorate with this metal canopy bed. This full-size canopy bed, featuring an antique black finis...h, will look wonderful in any bedroom, and is suitable for a home with traditional or contemporary interiors. read more

Overstock.com

With a whimsical quatrefoil headboard design, this lovely twin-size canopy bed features a black powder coat finish. The lovely bed... adds a classic touch to the bedroom. read more

BonTon Stores

Showcase your impeccable sense of style with Home Interior?s Lucille Queen Metal Canopy Bed. Elegantly-detailed with scrollwork on... the headboard and footboard, this exquisite piece of bedroom furniture combines brushed metal and cherry finished posts into a beautiful canopy bed. Bronze/Cherry 86.25"H x 61.75"W x 84"D Mattress, pillows, linens, etc. not included Box spring required Assembly required Metal Imported read more

BonTon Stores

Transform your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary with Home Interior?s Elegant Queen Canopy Bed. Gracefully-designed with ornate sc...rollwork on the headboard and footboard, this beautiful metal bed frame features cherry finished posts supporting the finial topped canopy. Cherry/Bronze 86.25"H x 64.25"W x 86.5"D Mattress, pillows, linens, etc. not included Box spring required Assembly required Metal Imported 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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Legacy Classic Furniture
$1,059.99
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Shop for Beds from Hayneedle.com! Sweet dreams are made of the Summer Breeze Low Poster Bed. This crisp white bed has a casual cot...tage style that's specially designed with all the girlish details she loves but spirited enough for her tomboy tendencies too. Crafted from select poplar hardwood solids and veneers this beautiful bed features an arched headboard and low poster footboard with beadboard patterns scalloped edges and rounded finial accents. Reinforced and rounded corners ensure sturdiness and durability to withstand rough housing rabbling and other childhood adventures.Dual high/low bed-rail locking positions allow you to lower the height for toddlers or raise it to accommodate under-bed storage. The bed includes a pair of bed rails that bolt on firmly with heavy-duty steel connectors. The optional trundle/storage drawer for twin or full beds is perfect for a guest bed or extra storage. Note trundle is designed to add a mattress for a trundle bed but if used for storage its open with no divided drawers. Bed Dimensions:Twin bed: 84L x 44W x 56H inchesFull bed: 84L x 59W x 56H inchesQueen bed: 89L x 67W x 56H inchesTrundle: 75L x 41W x 13H inchesAbout Legacy Classic FurnitureCommitted to offering the best of today's youth-bedroom styles for the young and young at heart Legacy Classic Furniture offers a wide selection of best selling designs and finishes with a large variety of beds and storage and study options. Dedicated to providing outstanding quality at reasonable prices Legacy Classic Furniture employs quality materials proven construction techniques and the highest safety standards to manufacture exceptional products that are built to last a lifetime. read more

Art.com
$82.99
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Find decorative wall art at Target.com! Our solar system is a poster that displays bright colors and a clear image. An affordable ...solution for home d?cor, this poster is perfect to decorate a dorm room, living room, or classroom. read more

Homelegance

Homelegance - Beds - 1386F1 - Available in Twin, Full and Queen Ecru Finish Victorian inspired Traditional style Solid Wood Constr...uction Wood Top Specifications: Dimensions: Headboard: 56H Footboard: 23H 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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Cymax
$1,305.99 $1,677.10
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Hillsdale - Bedroom Sets - 1354XX0PKG2 - Hillsdale Westfield Mirror in Off-White Finish Hillsdale Westfield Poster Bed in Off-Whit...e Finish Hillsdale Westfield White Nightstand in Off-White Finish Hillsdale Westfield Double Dresser in Off-White Finish read more

Hillsdale Westfield Wood Poster Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set in Off-White Finish
Cymax
$1,374.89 $2,172.15
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Hillsdale - Bedroom Sets - 1172XX0PKG3 - Hillsdale Wilshire Antique White Nightstand Hillsdale Wilshire Poster Bed in Antique Whit...e Finish read more

Hillsdale Wilshire Wood Poster Bed 3 Piece Bedroom Set in Antique White
Cymax
$599.00 $828.00
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Hillsdale - Beds - 1258BXR - The Burton Way Bed elevates the traditional metal bed to a new level. Featuring slender cherry posts ...with elongated oval finials, the wood accent continues along the top and bottom of the metal grills, creating continuity and strength in this design concept. Framed by these wood borders, the metal grills feature a lovely traditional scrolled design and an always versatile and durable textured black powder-coated finish. Black powder coated finish Inviting Transitional Country style Available in Full, Queen and King sizes Linens and Mattress sold separately Includes Headboard, Footboard and Frame Traditional scroll design metalwork Slender cherry posts with elongated oval finials Some assembly required Specifications: Full Headboard Dimension: 55? W x 54.25? H Full Footboard Dimensions: 55? W x 35.75? H Queen Headboard Dimensions: 62" W x 54.25? H Queen Footboard Dimensions: 62? W x 35.75? H King Headboard Dimensions: 77" W x 45.25? H King Footboard Dimensions: 77? W x 35.75? H Full Bed Weight: 104 lbs Queen Bed Weight: 119 lbs King Bed Weight: 127 lbs Recommended Care: Dust frequently using a clean, specially treated dusting cloth that attracts and holds dust particles Do Not Use liquid, wax or abrasive cleaners as they may damage the finish read more

Hillsdale Burton Way Wood and Metal Poster Bed in Cherry and Black
Cymax
$209.00 $339.00
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Hillsdale - Beds - 164HFQR - A simple, yet already classic design that has become one of the industry's best sellers. A lodge or c...ottage theme marries round medium oak finish hardwood post with a textured black metal panel. Bed includes headboard and metal frame only (footboard shown in image not included) Available in Twin, Full/Queen and King sizes Headboard metal panel in black finish Headboard posts in medium oak finish Metal frame in brown finish Twin size metal frame with 4 legs Full/Queen size metal frame with 5 legs King size metal frame with 6 legs Specifications: Twin Headboard: 50" H x 40.5" W x 3" D Full/Queen Headboard: 50" H x 61.5" W x 3" D King Headboard: 50" H x 79.5" W x 3" D Twin Frame: 54" W x 63.5" D Full/Queen Frame: 78" W x 71.5" D King Frame: 78" W x 71.5" D read more

Hillsdale Winsloh Poster Bed (Headboard with Metal Frame)-Full/Queen
Cymax
$230.37 $479.05
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Fashion Bed - Beds - B41286 - The Ellsworth bed shows a refined poise perfect for anyone seeking simplicity with just a touch of c...haracter. The profile of the grill carries a gentle arch across the top with fanciful swirls just beneath. The simplicity of the vertical spindles make sure that the bed maintains a certain calm. One should note that each of these vertical elements is fixed into place with a solid casting. The footboard terminates at the bottom with another solid casting providing a very finished look. Poster Bed constructed of metal New Bronze finish Wonderful Transitional style Includes headboard, footboard and frame Mattress and linens not included Available in Twin, Full, Queen and King sizes Specifications: Twin dimensions: 51" H x 39.5" W x 80.55" D Full dimensions: 53" H x 54.5" W x 80.55" D Queen dimensions: 53" H x 61.5" W x 85.55" D King dimensions: 53" H x 77.5" W x 85.55" D Weight Capacity: 600 lbs read more

Fashion Bed Ellsworth Metal Poster Bed in New Bronze Finish-King
Cymax
$311.29 $584.87
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Fashion Bed - Beds - B21075 - With an ornate design resembling a gate, the grills of the Chester Metal Poster Bed would look at ho...me in a garden. From the arches casted to the spindles, to the winding wire supporting the ribbed, rolling-pin top rail, these grills are reminiscent of a peaceful and quiet garden. Even the Crème Brulee finish has an earthy feel to it, an off-white base highlighted with brown tones and scattered with crackled patches. This bed would work beautifully with many distressed light-wood pieces. Available in Full, Queen, King and California King sizes Crème Brulee finish Includes headboard, footboard and bed frame Constructed of metal Country style Assembly required Specifications: Full size dimensions: 52" H x 55" W x 82.56" D Full size weight: 81 lbs Queen size dimensions: 52" H x 62" W x 87.56" D Queen size weight: 93 lbs King size dimensions: 52" H x 78" W x 87.56" D King size weight: 103 lbs California King size dimensions: 52" H x 78" W x 92" D California King size weight: 103 lbs read more

Fashion Bed Chester Metal Poster Bed in Creme Brulee-Queen
Vaughan-Bassett
$856.27 $1,135.34
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Size: King, Finish: Black Vaughan-Bassett Cottage Slat Bed The Cottage Collection is very pleasing on the eyes, thanks to its grac...eful poise and charming accents. It'stands on four rounded posts, which mirror those that top the footboard and headboard. It is a well-made, well-designed piece, perfect for the style of your bedroom. Features: -Comes complete with headboard, footboard, wood rails and slats.-Linens and mattress not included.-Please Note: All Vaughan-Bassett products have some level of distressing; level of distressing varies depending upon the collection.-Collection: Cottage.-Bed Type: Slat.-Style: Cottage/Country.-Finish: .-Distressed: Yes.-Frame Material: Wood -Frame Material Details: ..-Solid Wood Construction: Yes.-Headboard Included: Yes -Adjustable Headboard Height: .-Bulb Base Type: .-Bulb Shape: .-Bulb Type: .-Lighted Headboard: .-Number of Headboard Exterior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Interior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Cabinets: .-Number of Headboard Drawers: .-Headboar read more

Vaughan-Bassett Cottage Slat Bed BB16 Series Slat Poster Bed Size: King, Finish: Black
Selamat Designs
$4,114.69 $5,361.86
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Finish: Hazelnut, Size: King Selamat Caprice Four Poster Bed Combining wood and rattan matting in a refreshing modern manner the C...aprice Four Poster Bed compliments the Selamat collection of Caprice storage accents. Solid kiln dried plantation grown... read more

Selamat Caprice Four Poster Bed SLMT1816 Finish: Hazelnut, Size: King
Corsican
$3,568.75 $4,971.10
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Corsican Queen Four Poster Bed Features: -Size: Queen.-Branch like 4 post bed?with wreath accent shown with acorn finial.-Bed Type...: Four poster.-Style: Traditional.-Finish: Brown.-Distressed: No.-Upholstered: No -Upholstered Headboard: .-Upholstery Material: .-Upholstery Color: .-Upholstery Fill Material: .-Nailhead Trim: .-Tufted: ..-Bed Size: Queen.-Bookcase: No.-Headboard Included: Yes -Adjustable Headboard Height: .-Bulb Base Type: .-Bulb Shape: .-Bulb Type: .-Lighted Headboard: .-Number of Headboard Exterior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Interior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Cabinets: .-Number of Headboard Drawers: .-Headboard Storage: ..-Footboard Included: Yes -Adjustable Footboard Height: .-Number of Footboard Exterior Shelves: .-Number of Footboard Interior Shelves: .-Number of Footboard Drawers: .-Number of Footboard Cabinets: .-Footboard Storage: ..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Dimensions: -Headboard: 73" Post Height.-Footboard: 43"?Post Height.-Overall Height - Top to read more

Corsican Queen Four Poster Bed 2862
Corsican
$3,568.75 $4,971.10
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Corsican Queen Four Poster Bed Features: -Size: Queen.-Substantial 4 post bed with a metal panel headboard.-Bed Type: Four poster....-Style: Industrial.-Finish: Gray.-Distressed: No.-Frame Material: Metal -Frame Material Details: ..-Upholstered: No -Upholstered Headboard: .-Upholstery Material: .-Upholstery Color: .-Upholstery Fill Material: .-Nailhead Trim: .-Tufted: ..-Bookcase: No.-Headboard Included: Yes -Adjustable Headboard Height: .-Bulb Base Type: .-Bulb Shape: .-Bulb Type: .-Lighted Headboard: .-Number of Headboard Exterior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Interior Shelves: .-Number of Headboard Cabinets: .-Number of Headboard Drawers: .-Headboard Storage: ..-Country of Manufacture: United States.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 85.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 60.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 84.-Overall Product Weight: 296. 6406 read more

Corsican Queen Four Poster Bed 6406
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