With a few design tips and the right materials, you can create an elegant canopy bed or design a cute canopy for your daughter’s room, using the existing beds you have now. Go for a design that complements the room’s décor and your own personal taste.
Choose your fabric.
Sheer fabric is the most commonly used fabric for bed canopies. Sheer curtain panels, mosquito netting, tulle, batiste, organza and chiffon are all types of sheer fabric you could use to make a bed canopy. Other types of fabric will also work, depending on how formal or casual you want it to look. Silk, satin and cashmere will create canopies made for royalty or you can go with a less expensive cotton, polyester, nylon or blended fabric. Keep canopy fabric lightweight.
Practically any type of fabric can be used for a headboard, as long as the hardware holding it in place is securely installed in the wall. Use wall anchors or toggles when screwing into drywall or use a stud finder to nail or screw into solid wood.
Use curtain rods to hang canopies, fabric headboards and curtains around your bed.
Ceiling mount curtain rods are easy to install and provide a number of ways to drape fabric around and over your bed. Try these simple ideas, which have links to photos, some with tutorials, for visual inspiration:
Mount two ceiling or swing arm curtain rods at the head of your bed, parallel to each side. Drape a length of sheer fabric between each rod, creating a swag or cascade in the center, with enough length to reach the floor on each side of the bed.
See this elegant canopy at Better Homes and Gardens.
Install ceiling mount curtain rods in a U-shape around the head of your bed and hang curtain panels behind the head and at each side of your bed to form a cozy nook.
See an example at Home Dzine.
Install one ceiling mount curtain rod about one third to one half of the way down from the head of your bed. Attach another curtain rod to the top of the wall behind your bed. Thread extra-long rod pocket curtain panels through the ceiling mount rod and drape them over the wall mounted rod, allowing the fabric to hang down the wall behind the bed.
Tip: To hold the fabric in place on the second curtain rod, use a few pieces of double-sided tape on top of the rod. If the fabric is too heavy for the tape, use self-adhesive hook and loop tape.
Here is an example on a sloped ceiling but this idea also works on flat ceilings too.
Install a curtain rod on the wall behind your bed and hang a wall tapestry, curtain panels or drape your favorite fabric over the rod for a simple and easy headboard.
Use a branch to hang a rustic headboard.
Install curtain rod brackets on the wall behind your bed to hold a branch. Drape sheer fabric over each end of the branch, allowing it to cascade in the middle. Lace fabric would also create an elegant, rustic look.
See how one savvy college student did it at The Naked Co-Ed.
Hang strips of tulle from the branch and add small icicle string lights for added embellishment.
Another variation would be to use old window shutters or a wrought iron divider screen, draping sheer or lace fabric over each corner for a shabby chic or old-fashioned effect. Add silk flowers for a feminine touch.
Use an embroidery hoop or hula hoop for a girl’s canopy.
If your daughter has grown tired of playing with her hula hoop or you happen to have an old embroidery hoop, (embroidery hoops usually cost under five dollars) you can turn either one into a simple bed canopy.
Use two to four rod pocket curtain panels with an embroidery hoop. Unscrew the hoop and remove the inner ring. Thread the curtain panels over the hoop and screw it back together. Attach equal lengths of ribbon or cord to the hoop between the panels and hang it from a ceiling hook.
See a sunny, cheerful yellow version at Country Living.
Rod pocket curtains can also be used for a hula hoop canopy. Some hula hoops come apart so you can put things like beads inside, otherwise you will have to cut the hoop to thread the curtain panels on. Then use decorative duct tape to close the hoop. You can hide the tape under a curtain panel. Attach ribbon or cord like you would on an embroidery hoop to hang it from a ceiling hook.
Embellishments and Tips
Wrap decorative duct tape or satin ribbon all the way around the hula hoop for decorative effect. Wrap a short strand of battery powered fairy lights around the hoop for a glowing canopy. Use a hot glue gun to attach silk flowers around the ring for a flowery version.
See how one mom used Christmas lights on her daughter’s canopy at Adventures in Pinteresting.