How to Make a Canopy for a Bunk Bed

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How to Make a Canopy for a Bunk Bed
Give your kids an enchanting and fun place to really dream big. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A canopy in a child's bedroom transforms an ordinary bed into a fairy-tale castle or a spaceship aimed at the moon. Add whimsy and wonder to your children's bedroom by creating a canopy for a bunk bed. Extend the canopy from floor to ceiling to create a cocoon of privacy for both the top and bottom bunkers. Create a simple canopy in a couple of hours to make a mystical getaway for your children's imaginations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Drill bits
  • Curtain rods and included hardware
  • Power screwdriver
  • Curtain panels
  • Curtain tiebacks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate the studs in the ceiling above the bed with a stud finder. Start with the foot of the bunk bed by marking two mounting marks over the studs to attach a single curtain rod that will extend across the width of the bed. Position the rod as close to the foot of the bed as possible.

  2. 2

    Drill pilot holes through the ceiling and into the wall studs using a drill bit measuring the same thickness as the screws included in the curtain rod hardware. Install the curtain rod brackets to the ceiling by driving screws through the brackets and into the pilot holes. Set the curtain rod into place on the brackets.

  3. 3

    Locate the ceiling studs nearest each long side of the bed. Mark the studs with a pencil to guide as you drill pilot holes into the studs with the same drill bit as before. Drive screws through the mounting brackets and into the predrilled pilot holes, and attach the rods to the brackets to mount one rod on each side of the bed.

  4. 4

    Hang single-panel curtains from the curtain rods by taking each curtain rod down and threading the rod through a curtain's top channel. Place multiple panels on each rod to achieve the coverage and flowing fabric look you desire.

  5. 5

    Tie the curtains on the front side of the bed to the bunk bed railings using a section of decorative ropes or fabric ties. This creates an opening for the stacked canopy bed so occupants can easily get in and out of the bed or untie the rope for more privacy.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase curtain panels large enough to extend from floor to ceiling, or make your own by sewing your own curtains from your choice of materials.
  • These instructions work best for bunk beds positioned with only the head of the bed against a wall.
  • Make sure the hooks are securly fastened to the ceiling

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