Me? I'm not sure that I do. My one experience of trying to sleep under the fabric ceiling of the four poster bed that belonged to my second cousin, made me feel claustrophobic! And, for most of the night I had my eyes closed!
I now realize, that the fabric ceiling was only about four feet above me - lying down -and the four poster was situated in a regular height (8 foot) room.
Four poster beds need, in my opinion, ceiling heights of at least 12 feet. That's when a four poster comes in handy (if you have attached bed curtains which close right round the bed) for keeping out those pesky draughts from less than perfectly insulated bedroom walls or are cursed with leaky windows.
Here are a few four poster beds that I find beautiful to behold, I'm just not sure that I would want to try to sleep in one.
This four poster has the best remedy: no fabric ceiling at all. This is a remedy that works for me. Now all I need is to find myself an apartment that has a ceiling height of at least 12 feet and then go shopping.
The House & Garden Book of Bedrooms and Bathrooms, 1995. by Leonie Highton. Photography by The Interior Archive, Mark Fiennes, and Simon Upton.