These beds are fit for a queen—or a royally cozy hideaway.
Canopy beds have historically been a sign of wealth and decadence, but they were also a practical choice for royals, beginning as early as medieval times. The royal family slept with their attendants in their rooms, so curtains were draped around their beds to be pulled closed for privacy—and also to keep drafts in the large, cold castles somewhat at bay.
Since then, canopy beds have continued to capture our imaginations with their soaring heights, stunning fabrics, and ability to be the focal point of any bedroom. The charge for these over-the-top sleeping arrangements may have been started by kings and queens, but renowned interior designers and tastemakers (like Denning & Fourcade, Lee Radziwill, and Frances Elkins) to contemporary visionaries (like Charlotte Moss, Miles Redd, and Cathy Kincaid) have kept them center stage in today's most beautiful bedrooms.
Read on to discover 13 of the most iconic canopy beds of all time, plus information of their various styles.