Talk:Four-poster bed

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Difference between canopy bed and four poster bed[edit]

Example of canopy bed
Example of four poster bed

According to french wikipedia and web sites such as this one : here is the difference : On four poster bed, there is a rectangular panel on four poles (or columns). On canopy bed, the canopy is attached to the wall or to the ceiling.

On Commons, I created a new category "four poster beds", and I transfered most of photos of bed of that type. --Tangopaso (talk) 23:18, 4 November 2010 (UTC)


Whoever wrote/edited this article is obviously British, using hoity-toity words such as "extant" and "draughts". I would change them to simpler language, but I am unsure of Wiki's rule on that. Skaizun (talk) 23:57, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

I think WP's general rule is that anyone is welcome to improve any article anytime. However, that doesn't mean we need to kick out ordinary English words like 'draughts' and 'extant'. What would be the non-'hoity-toity' translation of those words, anyway? Cheers, Bjenks (talk) 15:22, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

This isn't the only article in Wikipedia to be written in British English. If you feel some deep need to change "draughts" to "drafts," feel free. Good luck finding a tidy, one-word synonym for "extant." As for merging this article into "canopy beds," that will negate (OMG another hoity-toity word, and from a Yank, at that!) the subtle but clear difference between them. In a true four-poster, the posts are themselves highly decorative, and usually heavily carved. They are intrinsic part of the style of the bed. In a canopy bed, the posts are usually very simple, and the visual emphasis is shifted to the canopy. (talk) 03:33, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

"Tester" part of definition unnecessary?[edit]

It seems to me that there are plenty of "four-poster" beds that have four vertical columns only, without supporting a "tester" above the bed.