The best canopy bed

Ashley Britten

Nothing looks dreamier in a bedroom than a canopy bed. It instantly brings to mind gauzy curtains, high ceilings, airy light and elegance. It’s a bed made for sleeping in on lazy mornings and relaxing on weekends. A canopy bed adds drama and character to a basic bedroom, focusing the eye on the vertical space and making the room appear larger.

If you’re looking for a canopy bed, the Novogratz Marion Canopy Bed, has a classic, clean silhouette that elevates any bedroom with timeless style. This easy-to-assemble, sturdy bed will dazzle your guests and refresh your space.

What to know before you buy a canopy bed


When choosing your canopy bed, first consider the space in your bedroom. Which canopy bed will be most suitable for the floorplan and size of your room? Canopy beds are available in all mattress sizes. However, by design, a canopy bed frame is a few inches longer and wider than a traditional frame. 

When measuring your space for your new bed, it’s helpful to know basic mattress measurements. Use these numbers as a guideline and add a few inches on either side to fit your canopy bed frame.

  • Twin mattresses measure 38 by 75 inches.

  • Full or double mattresses measure 54 by 75 inches.

  • Queen mattresses measure 60 by 80 inches.

  • King mattresses measure 76 by 80 inches. 


What material best suits your design style? Canopy bed frames are typically made of metal (such as scrollwork, wrought iron, brass) or wood (carved or plain) or a combination of these materials. Many canopy bed frames also come painted or stained to prevent damage to the surface. Sturdiness, weight capacity, durability, price and aesthetic vary widely based on frame composition. The frame material also affects the cost. What is your budget? 

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can easily choose the right canopy bed for your space.

Canopy bed features

Headboard and footboard

Many modern canopy beds include a headboard and footboard as part of the structure. Adding a headboard to a canopy bed that doesn’t already have one can be cumbersome and may change the visual appeal of the design as well as the weight limit of the frame. Buying and adding a headboard is usually more a matter of aesthetics than function.


Look for a canopy bed that has adequate center supports under the frame so that it can safely handle your mattress (and box spring if you use one). Consider any weight restrictions and how additional pieces like a box spring, mattress and bedding add to the total weight. 

Often there is some clearance under the frame of a canopy bed. Ideally, you want at least 9 inches to accommodate a small drawer or trundle for clever use of bedroom storage space.


Most modern canopy beds are quite straightforward and easy to put together. When purchasing a canopy bed, make sure the model you select comes with all the necessary hardware for assembly and it doesn't require tools you don’t already own. Always refer to the instruction manual for assembly to make sure the completed frame is safe and secure.

Canopy bed cost 

The size, material and design of a canopy bed frame affect the price significantly. A basic twin canopy bed frame can be purchased for under $150. A king canopy bed frame of complicated metalwork or solid wood can cost well over $600. A mid-range price for a good-quality canopy bed is around $300. The price for bedroom furniture often reflects durability. This isn’t the place to sacrifice quality in order to save a relatively small amount of money.

Canopy bed FAQ

Do I need curtains for my canopy bed to complete the look?

A. Your canopy bed will look beautiful and trendy with or without curtains. If you choose to purchase bed curtains, check that the particular model of bed you buy can support them. Some modern canopy beds aren’t suitable for bed curtains, while other canopy beds are shown to their full advantage with simple, light curtains. 

Do I need to purchase a box spring?

A. Many canopy bed frames have sufficient slats for support and don’t require a box spring. However, the manufacturer may recommend a box spring for some types of canopy bed for increased comfort. Going without a manufacturer-recommended box spring could void the warranty.

Which canopy bed should I get?

Best of the best canopy bed

Novogratz Marion canopy bed: available at Wayfair

Our take: The Marion canopy bed is a classic, streamlined bed that suits any décor. It’s easy to assemble and comes at a good price.

What we like: This bed includes a headboard, footboard and center supports underneath with a clearance of 11 inches for storage. It doesn’t require a box spring and comes with a 1-year warranty.

What we dislike: The weight limit for this frame is 500 pounds.

Best bang for your buck canopy bed

Zinus Gina canopy bed: available at Wayfair

Our take: The Gina canopy bed is made of solid wood, including an on-trend headboard and footboard to give it a timeless, sophisticated style. It is a very sturdy piece of furniture.

What we like: A box spring is not required for this model. It includes a full 5-year warranty. The center supports are built-in and assembly requires no tools. 

What we dislike: The clearance for this model is only 9 inches, which limits storage options under the bed.

Honorable mention canopy bed

Hillsdale Dover canopy bed: available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Our take: The beautiful metal scrollwork on this canopy bed frame is an alluring throwback to vintage styles.

What we like: The price of this canopy bed is quite reasonable. It has a traditional design of solid metal construction with a black finish that can help warm up a bedroom.

What we dislike: The weight limit on this model is only 350 pounds.

Ashley Britten is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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