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 luxe look for less, nothing beats one of these simple canopy ideas.
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Here's the Hook
This brilliant canopy idea from Susan Jay Designs uses ceiling hooks to hang ready-made tab curtains. No sewing required! 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 2 of 21 below.
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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 3 of 21 below.
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A fabric-covered cornice box, created by Chelsea of Making Home Base, crowns a simple canopy, giving it a preppy, polished look. 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 4 of 21 below.
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This bright and modern space by Christine Elliot Designs makes a dramatic statement with a bold navy accent wall and a cornice canopy featuring a peek-a-boo pop of classic floral fabric. 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 5 of 21 below.
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An elegant, Renaissance-inspired canopy gives royal charm to this rustic girl’s room, designed by Russel Taylor Architects.
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 6 of 21 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 the fabric to touch them. Never try to recreate this look using regular incandescent bulbs, which burn very hot.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Lux, velvet fabric draped from ceiling-mounted hardware transforms a simple floor bed into a statement-making focal point in this bold, bohemian space put together by Regan Baker Designs. 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 10 of 21 below.
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A rustic canopy, featuring a large branch suspended from the ceiling by eye hooks and chains, takes center stage in this white-washed, wood-paneled kid’s room designed by Susanne Otter of Frivole. 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 11 of 21 below.
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This sweet floral girl’s room boasts a no-sew bed canopy made using only hot glue and a staple gun. This idea comes to us from The Lilly Pad Cottage. Although it looks like a carefully constructed canopy, in reality, the fabric is simply stapled to the ceiling—no nails, screws, or hammers required.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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An elaborate canopy, from Our House Now a Home, is created using scrap wood and some cheap curtain hardware. This easy project transforms a simple twin bed into a royal dream.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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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 16 of 21 below.
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Sheer fabric and gold lights create a simple canopy when draped over a charming house-frame floor bed in this Nordic-inspired girl's room seen on the popular children's design blog, Oh Eight Oh Nine. 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 17 of 21 below.
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DIY With Embroidery Hoop
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 18 of 21 below.
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This simple canopy idea, spotted on the Instagram page of Bel & Soph, uses a rustic tree branch to extend the length of an inexpensive, wall-mounted L-bracket. The branch forms the ridge support for fabric that drapes down tent-style over the bed.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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A simple swag of fabric draped over two wall-mounted hooks adds softness to this sweet and girly bedroom created by Cheryl Hucks Interior Design.Continue to 20 of 21 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 21 of 21 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.