• Practical individuals from medieval times past appreciated the functionality of a canopy bed. Later, style conscious people adopted the canopy bed and embellished it to add elegance to their bedrooms.

    Origin of Canopy Beds

    Canopy beds originally served a practical purpose. Common folk needed an extra layer of protection from less than perfect thatched roofs. They would attach posts to their beds and hang a sheet overhead to keep bugs and droppings from falling on them while they slept. Canopies also added an extra layer of insulation from the cold night in frigid countries. In warmer climates, mosquito nets were used to drape over the person sleeping, either being attached to the ceiling or to posts at the head and/or foot boards.

    Adoption by the Wealthy

    Eventually the wealthier people could see that canopy beds were not only useful, but decorative. They added huge posts to their beds and draped heavy material on top and even down the sides. This gave them privacy from their servants and other persons who might live in their large homes.

    Status symbol

    Canopy beds became a status symbol for royalty and aristocrats. They would use a variety of exquisite materials and sometimes hang them like curtains from the bed posts.

    Contemporary canopy beds

    Today canopy beds are used in bedrooms to reflect an individual's preferences for style. Although the original purpose for the canopy bed does not exist in many places, some still prefer to sleep under a canopy.

    Still Popular

    Although you may not need to protect yourself from droppings from the roof or from insects, canopy beds are still highly fashionable and come in a variety of styles and materials.

    Source: History of Canopy Bed

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