20 Great Ideas for a Canopy Bed in a Girl's Room

Toddler Girl room with felt flowers and canopy
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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

    Girl's room with DIY canopy bed idea.
    Susan Jay Designs

    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.

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    Faux Built-In

    Canopy bed with faux built-in look
    Bella Designs Studio

    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!

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    Easy Cornice

    Girls room with canopy bed featuring a DIY cornice canopy
    Making Home Base

    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!

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    Peek-a-Boo Print

    Modern girl's room with floral-print bed canopy
    Christine Elliot Designs

    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.

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    Renaissance-Inspired Look

    Rustic girl's room with canopy bed.
    Russel Taylor Architects

    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!

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    A Bright Idea

    Simple canopy strung over string lights.
    Elle Decoration

    Sheer blue fabric tossed over a string of bright and rustic light bulbs creates a casual, no-fuss canopy in this imaginative space created by Isabell of Elle Decoration.

    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. 

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    Fresh and Simple

    Simple DIY bed canopy.
    Young House Love

    This simple fabric canopy, found on Young House Love, is elegantly suspended from three points using decorative wooden brackets mounted to the wall above the bed. It adds a playful vibe to this bright and airy girl’s room.

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    Princess Style

    Sweet girl's room with crown canopy over bed.
    Sarah Gordon Homes

    A dramatic crown-inspired corona canopy lends a grand and distinctly feminine touch to this rustic space, designed by Sarah of Sarah Gordon Home, turning a cottage room into a palace fit for a princess. A similar look is possible using an ordinary metal mop bucket.   

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    Eye-Catching Tent

    Bohemian boys room with bold wallpaper print and canopy bed
    Regan Baker Design

    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.

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    Rustic Charm

    Kids room with rustic DIY canopy created from a tree branch.

    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 Studio. 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.

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    Fairy Wreath

    Girl's room with beautiful DIY wreath canopy.
    Grace Grey Designs/Facebook

    Soft and simple, this beautiful, woodland fairy-inspired bed canopy created by Grace Grey Designs suspends sheer white curtain panels from a rich, rustic wreath. The wreath can be suspended from the ceiling from fine, almost invisible wires. Metal curtain hooks in the wreath hold the curtains. 

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    Hardware-Free Design

    Girl's room with simple, no-sew bed canopy
    The Lily Pad Cottage

    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. 

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    Simple DIY canopy bed idea for girl's room

    A length of fabric draped over a wooden dowel and suspended from ceiling hooks with ribbon or rope makes for a simple yet playful canopy in this bright and minimalist kid’s room, designed by Maija of the design blog, Ukkonooa.

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    Royal Room

    DIY canopy bed idea for girl's room.
    Our House Now a Home

    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.

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    Faux Four-Poster

    Faux four-poster canopy bed created using curtain rods.
    Desire to Inspire

    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!

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    House Bed

    Simple canopy draped over house-frame bed
    Oh Eight Oh Nine

    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. 

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    Simple Swag

    Pink girl's room with simple swag canopy suspended from hooks.
    Cheryl Hucks Interior Design

    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

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    Girl's room with DIY canopy bed featuring pendant light.
    Proverbs 31 Girl

    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! 

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    Purple and white girl's room with DIY slide canopy made from curtain rods

    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.