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A Canopy Bed: Every Little Girl's Dream
There’s something about a canopy bed that appeals to the little princess in all of us. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 70 years old, the sight of all that soft and billowy fabric makes something deep inside us squeal with glee.
Still, the thought of making that dream a reality can be a little intimidating for many. Classic canopy beds can be prohibitively expensive, and with all the sewing, carpentry, and hardware installation that goes into many of the beautiful designs we see in magazines and on TV, it’s easy for even the most ambitious DIYer to feel overwhelmed.
Dreaming of a canopy for your little girl’s bedroom? You don’t need to be an expert to make it work. If you’re willing to think outside of the box, there are many simple workarounds that can save you time, effort, and money.
Whether you go sweet and cozy, modern luxe, or full-scale glam, you can’t go wrong with any of these clever and easy-to-create canopy ideas. When you are looking for a way to give your little lady a lux look for less, nothing beats one of these simple canopy ideas.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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Here's the Hook
Simply position hooks in a semi-circle above the head of the bed, and drape the tabs over the hooks—two tabs per hook. Use a set of attractive holdbacks to pull back the fabric, or create your own tiebacks with ribbon.Continue to 3 of 22 below.
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Faux Built-In Canopy
Love the idea of a curtained-off cubby bed? Creating your own is easier than you might think.
Get the illusion of a built-in bed by taking a page from Bella Design Studio's book and framing in clean white crown moldings that hide ceiling-mounted curtain hardware Genius!Continue to 4 of 22 below.
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Easy Cornice Canopy
Cheap, pretty, and practical, cornice boxes can save you a fortune in costly curtain hardware. What’s more, they’re incredibly easy to DIY.
Want to make your own? Use scrap wood to create a rough wooden box frame. Cover the frame with some bunting and pretty fabric, and use staples to hold everything in place. Mount your creation to the wall using small L-brackets, and fasten your curtain panels to the inside of your cornice box with a staple gun.
Voilà! An impressive canopy for a lots less!Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Peek-a-Boo Print Canopy
Although it looks quite ornate, the cornice is really just a plywood boxed edged at the top with crown molding and at the bottom with a smaller edge molding.Continue to 6 of 22 below.
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Can’t afford to buy a traditional canopy bed? Try making your own mini canopy. Install a wooden overhang to the wall above the bed (corners can be anchored to the ceiling by thin wires, if you want) and then paint or stain the wood to match your existing bed frame. Once you suspend your canopy, it will be difficult to tell that the bed is made of two separate pieces!Continue to 7 of 22 below.
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A Bright Idea
Safety note: LED bulbs are cool to the touch, so they are the only good choice for an application like this. Be aware, though, that the metal base on LEDs can still get quite warm, so take care not to allow fabric to touch them. Never try to recreate this look using regular incandescent bulbs, which burn very hot.Continue to 8 of 22 below.
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Princess CanopyContinue to 10 of 22 below.
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Eye-Catching Tent Canopy
To recreate this look, try mounting a standard curtain rod upside down on the ceiling over the bed, and drape your fabric over the top.Continue to 11 of 22 below.
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The existing tabs on the richly textured linen curtain panels slide neatly over the branch, creating a look that is as simple as it is beautiful.Continue to 12 of 22 below.
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Fairy Wreath CanopyContinue to 13 of 22 below.
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Hardware-Free CanopyContinue to 14 of 22 below.
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Faux Four-Poster Canopy
Want the four-poster look without the four-figure price tag? Create the bed of your little girl’s dreams with this Renaissance-inspired DIY idea spotted on Desire to Inspire!
All you need to do is suspend curtain rods over the head and foot of the bed, and drape fabric across the top. Fix the fabric to the corners of the bed using ribbon or fabric ties. Beautiful!Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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House Bed Canopy
Kits for building house-frame floor beds are available from various sources; they are also quite buildable for a DIYer with good carpentry skills.Continue to 18 of 22 below.
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DIY Embroidery Hoop Canopy
This sweet and simple bed canopy couldn’t be easier to create. All you need is a large embroidery hoop, two or three sheer curtain panels, and some decorative edging. This project was created by Cecelia Hayes.
Sew each of your panels together, add your trim, and thread the finished canopy onto the embroidery hoop. Once you’ve put it all together, mount the embroidery hoop to the ceiling and drape the fabric around the bed.Continue to 19 of 22 below.
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What could be better than a cozy bed canopy complete with its own built-in, late night reading light? To recreate this gorgeous look created by Allie of Proverbs 31 Girl, you’ll need an attractive pendant lamp and a hoop canopy.
Fix a large L-bracket to the wall behind the bed. Thread the pendant chain through the canopy, and suspend both the pendant and canopy from the bracket. For safety’s sake, be sure to use a cool-touch LED light bulb in your chosen light fixture (make sure the fabric stays away from the base of the bulb). Want to boost the glam factor? Opt for a pretty crystal chandelier, and install a dimmer for the perfect soft and moody lighting!Continue to 22 of 22 below.
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This clever canopy idea by 22Interiors uses two curtain rods to create a simple fabric drape with a whimsical, sweeping effect that mimics the structure and character of the space.
Prefer a more traditional look? Simply install the first rod higher over the head of the bed, decreasing the angle between the two rods, and fix the second rod to the ceiling over the foot of the bed.