8 of the Best Four Poster Beds - the Daily Telegraph

Medieval in origin they may be, but canopy and four-poster beds are enjoying quite the renaissance. The statement bed, which can afford both grandeur and privacy, is set to go mainstream in 2018.

If you fancy making an investment to cut back on central heating, it's worth noting that with the addition of drapes they're also renowned for their naturally insulating, cossetting qualities.

Four-poster drapes also absorb external sounds, creating a hushed, retreat-like sanctuary. And today's versions are far from dark and traditional:floaty Polynesian stylesfit in perfectly withasummery scheme.

Go for simple fabrics for amodern, up-to-date look.

£516.50, Maisons du Monde

This 160 x 200cm canopybed frame can be styled inmyriad ways. For us, it has a hint of the effortlessly stylish bachelor pad about it. It's our star buythanks to its chic, modern aesthetic.

£2,590, Oka

This seasonally transitional design borrows from the Polynesian tradition.It works unadorned in minimal schemes or can be dressed up with drapes to create something more lavish. The curvaceous, slim metal frame is finished in a soft grey, and comes witha fully sprung, British-made king-size mattress. To keep your mattress in premium condition, rotate it 180° after 3-4 weeks so that the head becomes the foot. Then, 3-4 weeks later, flip the mattress so that the bottom becomes the top.

£529.99, wayfair.co.uk

Rauch is a sustainability-focusedGerman brand established in 1897, renowned for its attractive bedroom and storage space solutions. This simplewhite design can be dressed up or down, and measures 200cm x 150cm.

From £949.99

For more of an antique look, allow us to point you in the direction of this hand-carved mahogany bed with a slatted base. It will add elegance to a shabby-chic scheme, and is delivered semi-assembled. It will fit up most staircases, and thesimple wood poles supplied are designed to take the drapes of your choice.

£1,995, lombok.co.uk

Lombok's four-poster beds have been carved from solid teak using traditional methods by skilled craftsmen in Indonesia. The rich hues and natural grain areguaranteed to make it a focal point. It has agrand, Eastern-inspired feel, and is available in both king and super-king sizes. Solid wood inners have been used for durability and longevity.

£1,195 fora king size, The White Company

Part of The White Company's classic Pimlico collection, featuring furnishings in mattwhite, the Pimlico four-poster bed is constructed from a solid alder frame and a base of birch-ply slats. Delivered flatpack, it requires assembly - but is so worth it. The king-size version is 220cm in height and162.2cm x 217cm.

£310.50, Maisons du Monde

This romantic design has a French feel, and measures 160cm x 200cm. It needs to befitted with an upholstered bed base (which isn't supplied) but the ivory heart designon the metal framework will make you swoon. It's also incredibly good value for money.

£5,844, The Conran Shop

This wenge-stained oak and pelle Scozia super-king manufactured by Italian design house Zanottais the bed of modernists' dreams.Designed in 2006 by Emaf Progetti, it features clean lines, and isa modern twist on a classic silhouette. The leather achieves a balance between stain-resistance and suppleness, and is paired with adjustable beech wood slats.

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Semirugged Cellphone Case
I've had a cell phone of one sort or another since the early 1990s but even when they finally shrunk to a size that made them comfortably pocketable, I rarely carried one. You can't do real work or efficiently surf the internet with a smartphone so I always carry a tablet. And because I'm a serious amateur photographer, it's with disdain that I view the camera capabilities of any smartphone.So when I heard of the Panasonic CM1 Android based smartphone with a one inch 20 megapixel sensor and a Leica lens, I knew the future had finally arrived. But the retail price of over $1000 meant I did nothing for nearly a year until Panasonic slashed the price in half just in time for additional Black Friday savings.Being such a niche product, Panasonic never expected to sell many of these units and as a result there are no available aftermarket protective silicone cases. The type of case that is energy absorbing and able to protect your phone from a mild drop while adding minimum bulk.Apparently I was destined to make my own.I thought the silicone polymer material that dental mouthguards are made from would be an ideal material to make a custom fitting cell phone case. The material typically comes in 5"x 5" sheets so I had to use a butane fueled torch to heat and melt two sheets together to form one sheet large enough to cover the cell phone.A very accurate mold of the cell phone was made with polyvinylsiloxane putty, used to take oral impressions for fabricating dental prosthetics. Alternatively you could use a variety of urethane liquid rubber products (www.smooth-on.com) available widely at arts and crafts stores. A stone model was made from this mold and was placed on a short stack of coins to elevate it above the perforated vacuum forming box.This box was constructed out of pine with a single 2.25" circular opening to accept the hose of a Shop-Vac.The extensively perforated top surface is where the vacuum delivered by the Shop-Vac would be drawn down from.A pair of rectangular steel frames made from common steel stock available at hardware stores was very poorly MIG welded together . The 10"x5" polymer sheet was sandwiched by the pair of metal frames and held together with binder clips. The whole affair was placed in a 400 degree oven for about five minutes until the material was seen to sag and turn clear.Wearing oven mitts, the frame was removed from the oven and quickly placed over the top of the wooden box, pressing down over the stone model with the Shop-Vac running. The hot and pliable polymer sheet can be seen to be drawn tightly over the stone model by the vacuum. Wait for it to cool sufficiently to handle.After you separate the material from the metal frame and stone model, you need to trim the case grossly with a pair of scissors, and then finely with a razor blade.And there you have it, a custom tight fitting case that looks store bought.
2021 07 04
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