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Four-poster bed

Ornate Elizabethan four-poster bed

A four-poster bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in each corner, that support a tester, or upper (usually rectangular) panel. There are a number of antique four-poster beds extant dating to the 16th century and earlier; many of these early beds are highly ornate and are made from oak. An example of such an early 16th-century four-poster resides in Crathes Castle, which was made for the original castle owners in the Burnett of Leys family.


The opening line of "Every Morning" by Sugar Ray is "Every morning there's a halo hanging from the corner of my girlfriend's four-post bed."

The dormitories in the Harry Potter series have four-poster beds in them.

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