Wooden Four Poster Beds historically have been seen as a luxury in Britain. For centuries these beds made up of four vertical column and support a major (usually) rectangular panel have been seen as a sign of wealth. It was thought the better your bed, the better the class of family you came from. Even today, this same feeling seems to carry over, as many people seem to still see owning a Wooden Four Poster Bed as a sign of being high up in a hierarchy.
The Four Poster Bed first became popular during England during the 15th century, although it's believed they originated from Australia, despite their almost classic British feel. This type of bed has evolved over time, and the version we see today, it's a development that's taken place over thousands of years and generations.
The first Wooden Four Poster Beds were believed to be heavy, with thick posts which went straight to the floor rather than being attached to the main mattress frame. These heavy and chunky looking beds really did represent high class, and would often be decorated with the finest drapes, and luxury stones for decoration the representative this status. The bedding would be embroidered, often with gold thread, to represent their class even further. The frame would also often be carefully carved, often into knights, or hunting scenes. These individual carvings made these Solid Beds far looking structures we see and know today.
By the 17th century, cheaper versions became available. These were made from cheaper resources, and were a lot thinner compared to the previous, often Oak versions. These new slimmer and affordable frames were an instant hit, becoming increasingly popular, probably because it meant even those not seen as the higher class could have something that previously only the most elite could own.
Some of you may have heard about the 'Great Bed of Ware. Probably the most famous Four Poster Bed and can be viewed within the Victoria and Albert museum in London.This famous bed even featured in writings by Shakespeare! The bed is from back in the 16th Century, from an Innkeeper in Ware. The bed is over 3 meters wide, which was about twice the size of the beds from the period. It's believed to have been built as a tourist attraction by the Innkeeper. Visitors who used the bed would carve their initials into the thick Oak posts, which are still visible today.
In today's modern era there are literally hundreds of different styles to choose from. No longer are there just heavy oak sizes. There are multiple different material Four Poster Beds available, including metal. There are both affordable types, and still luxurious Wooden Four Poster Beds. There's also a variety of finishes available too. The Four Poster Bed is also available in many different sizes, including single, double, and king size.