Canopy beds originated during the Middle Ages as covers on chairs to indicate importance and stature. Since then, they have been used throughout history not only to signify stature - but also to add a touch of charm and elegance to a bed or to an entire bedroom. Today, canopy beds still add charm to a bedroom as well as a rather romantic touch. They can also transform a child's bedroom into something fun and exciting and many children enjoy sleeping under a canopy bed - even boys. Apart from being decorative, canopy beds are practical too. They can help to protect babies and small children from pets, insects or draughts. In warmer climates, they are often constructed from mosquito netting and are used to keep insects away during the night. Today's canopy beds come in a variety of colours and styles, making it easy to create the effect you want. Cotton, linen, velvet and silk can all be used, or you can simply use sheets in the same colour as your existing bedding to give a more uniform look. Children tend to enjoy canopies in brighter colours or designs that feature cartoon or TV characters. Bed Next Day sells a range of traditional single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.