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Your bed is a space for relaxation and luxury, so why not make it something fit for royalty? A bed canopy is a great way to add flair and drama to any bedroom, but it can also be functional. This design can create privacy, especially for light sleepers who up by early risers or that approaching sun.
Is it difficult to make a bed canopy? Can you make one at home? And which elements are absolutely necessary to make a bed canopy?
We’re here to answer all those .estions and more. At the end, you can create your own awning, personalized just for you. Let’s dive in!
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What is a bed canopy?
A bed canopy, simply put, is anything that covers a bed. Historically, it of thick, ornate material that hung from the four corners of the bed.
It originated from the nobility of medieval Europe, as noblemen often slept in the same room as their servants. The awning provided both warmth and privacy. In the 16e century, four-poster beds became more ornate and decadent, which is an indicator of a nobleman’s station.
Those who could afford it eventually followed the nobility and added graceful canopies to their beds? Canopy beds today are a symbol of elegance, but they don’t have to be expensive. A homemade four-poster bed is a great way to enjoy that luxury without spending a fortune.
How to make a canopy: fabrics and decorations
What is the value of a canopy if it is not beautiful is? The first step is to choose your fabric and embellishments.
There are many ways to make a DIY awning and many interesting designs to choose from. However, the most important element is always the fabric you choose.
When you think of canopies, imagine pure fabrics first. Tulle in modern awnings because it is light, wavy and very inexpensive. Since you use a lot, this can be very attractive.
If you want a canopy that looks graceful and light, choose sheer fabric. It also promotes air flow to keep you comfortable all night long.
This type of material is not suitable for creating bulky layers, but it compensates with a natural, elegant drape. As a plus, it is very easy to hang, cut, sew and manage.
You can also use heavy substances. These can easily give the appearance of luxury, but with extra functionality. Heavy fabrics keep out light, contain warmth and provide extra privacy.
However, this type of material can also be expensive and difficult to handle. After all, thick fabric re.ires different sewing needles and can take a load of any fixtures you used to hang it.
As with most DIY projects, upcycled fabric is an excellent choice for a DIY awning. Old curtains can effortlessly, old blankets can find new life in your bedroom, and sheets that don’t meet your needs a better purpose.
When choosing your upcycled fabric, make sure it has the thickness, color and coverage you want.
Decorations can really make a canopy shine – and give it a more expensive look, without breaking your budget!
String lights and string lights are a great addition to awnings made of lighter fabrics. They can give off a delicate, feminine vibe and are very easy to attach. As a bonus, they are also functional; just a brand that can also serve as a night light or reading light.
You can also combine Christmas lights with small lanterns for a uni.e style. If you want a homemade canopy with lighting, check out this list from Architecture Art Designs.
Garlands made from plastic or paper flowers are a straightforward way to brighten up your awning. We can find them at most craft stores, or if you’re in the mood, they can . For an extra chic atmosphere, you can use dried flowers from your own garden or park.
Ribbons and Borders
For those who prefer heavier fabrics, lamps and garlands may in the mix. To give you an extra touch of color and style, accent your fabric with ribbons and piping instead!
If your awning is in the middle, you can also use ribbon to hold back the edges during the day.
How to Make a Bed Canopy: Design Ideas
Making a canopy is simply a matter of adding support and attaching fabric. After that, you can mix and match techni.es and embellish each design with light and different decor.
Here are some grand styles and ideas for getting started.
Children’s bed canopies
Children especially enjoy canopies. If they share a room, this design can provide privacy or help adapt the room to their taste. Here are two different styles to consider.
Camping Tent Bed
This tent bed is the perfect way to bring the outdoors into their bedroom. It uses wooden plugs, some fasteners, and a bit of fabric to turn a bed into a tent.
- 3 flagpole supports.
- 3 wooden plugs, 1 1/8 inch.
- Rope (as thin as possible).
- Canvas drop cloth.
- Piece of cardboard, or something to use as a wedge.
- 12 plasterboard supports.
- 12 screws.
- Electric screwdriver.
- 3/16 inch drill
- Hot glue gun.
- A miter box / miter saw.
- Estimate where your awning should be. I should place it on a wall next to a bed (preferably on one side) and should be taller than your child.
- Cut the plugs depending on how deep you want your tent to be. Alternatively, you can have your plugs pre-cut when you buy them.
- Attach a metal flagpole bracket to the end of each plug.
- With some help, hold the plugs against the wall and form the tent shape. Drape the fabric and let it hang about a foot forward. Mark where the dowel ends with the fabric.
- Pull the canvas behind the dowels so that it held securely them. Starting with the center plug, pull the canvas tight and attach the plugs to the wall.
- Wrap and tuck in excess fabric.
- Screw the canvas to where it meets the plug ends.
- Collect the fabric at the side plugs and cut a hole. Thread a rope at each end and tie a knot. Do the same for the spot halfway between the side plugs and the center plug.
- Cut off the excess length of fabric.
For a cute and incredibly simple canopy, this floral design is perfect. Shaped like a flower, this style is fun, colorful and downright delightful.
- An old lampshade.
- Glue gun (or anything that can glue dust to your awning material).
- Green felt (you will need about ½ yard of 36-inch wide felt).
- Any colored felt for your flower (minimum 1/3 yard of 60-inch wide felt, more if you want extra petals).
- Large paper clip.
- Awning fabric (length and width depending on how much coverage you want).
- Ceiling hook.
- Finish three edges for each piece of awning fabric. Then attach the unfinished edge to the wider end of your lampshade. At this point you can adjust the placement if you want layers, pleats or gaps.
- Cut out the petals. You can make them as big or small as you want, and in any shape you want, just make sure the size is consistent for each layer. Make sure they are long enough to cover the shade and wide enough to overlap slightly.
- Attach the petals to the shade.
- Find a bowl with a diameter slightly larger than the narrow end of your hood. Pull it around your green felt to get a round piece of felt.
- Cut out a template for the leaves. Pull the bottom half of your leaf template over the edge of the green felt and cut out the leaves.
- Poke the center of the green felt and make a small hole.
- Remove the cap and set it aside. Attach your cord to the inside of the hood, making sure they tie it to keep it balanced. Braid the cord so that it forms a chain in the center. Tie a knot at the end and attach the paper clip.
- Cut out green felt for the stem, depending on how low you want the canopy to be. Turn this green felt into a tube by folding it in half and sewing the edge.
- Thread the cord into the stem, use the paper clip to pull it through. Do not forget to bring the leaf piece.
- Attach the hook to your ceiling and attach the paper clip to the hook.
Awnings for adults
Awnings come in many shapes and sizes. These two awning ideas are naive to make and simple to change. Swap the fabrics, add decorations and find fun color combinations. Tie it all together by coordinating the color with the rest of your bedroom.
Simple straight canopy
This design proves you don’t need a bulky, hard-to-attach frame to hold make yourself a canopy. It’s cheap, easy, and re.ires little time.
- Wooden plugs (the total length must be e.al to or more than the width of your bed).
- Two fabric panels, the same size (total width should be e.al to the width of your bed, plus a few extra inches to gather; length depends on how long you want it to be want to have).
- Thin ribbons (same color as fabric) or tape.
- Measure the width of your bed.
- Mount your plugs on the floor, each slightly overlapping to allow for binding. Do not fasten them yet.
- Estimate the center of your dowels and adjust so that there are no bands in the center. If your dowels are longer than the width of your bed, cut off the excess.
- Tie the first two plugs together.
- Insert the plugs into the fabric panel housing. Collect and attach more plugs as you go.
- Attach your canopy to your ceiling about a foot and a half from the bed frame.
hanging curtains from the corners of your bed made canopy This canopy, creating the illusion of a four-poster bed. Unlike some four posters, this awning is elegant, unobtrusive and incredibly stylish. For best results, use a lightweight fabric with a bit of opacity in a color that matches your sheets.
- Four 36 x ¾ inch wooden dowels.
- Twelve 1-inch copper U-shaped brackets.
- Four-inch copper elbows.
- Four-inch copper push tees.
- Eight inch copper caps.
- Eight pre-made sheets.
- Gorilla Glue.
- Screws and anchors.
- Start by cutting all your wooden plugs in half with a handsaw. You end up with eight 18-inch plugs. Put them aside.
- Glue a copper cap on each end of the plug.
- Take the plug. On the uncut end, glue the larger end of the copper elbow.
- Glue a pressure tee to each of the smaller ends of the copper elbow.
- Glue a second plug to the ends of the copper elbow (now with a push tee), attaching the cut side.
- Once your glue dries, feed the curtains on each part of the L shape you just created.
- Mark the position of the L-shapes on the ceiling.
- Attach the first piece using the U-shaped brackets. There should be a bracket in the corner of the L shape (where the two plugs meet) and there should be two more brackets on each end of the plug.
- Do the same for the rest of the pieces.
As chic as they look, awnings don’t have to be expensive or difficult to make. There are tons of designs for you to try, mix and embellish! With a little work, you will have the perfect awning in no time.