How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles

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How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
Dramatic bedrooms have canopy beds. (detail of red kings bed image by ennavanduinen from

Lush and luxurious in velvet and lace or soft and breezy in sari print sheers, canopy beds are a statement piece in any bedroom. Make your own canopy poles to complement your design and add an architectural element to the room. Add a canopy over a sitting area or even outside in that quiet corner of the yard.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil and paper
  • Metal tape measure
  • Closet poles
  • Drapery rings
  • Mitre box and saw
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Lumber, pipe, posts, columns
  • L brackets

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    Draw a sketch of the bed and record all of the measurements. Use a metal tape measure. Measure the outside of the bed including the frame and outside of the headboard and foot board. Measure just the mattress and box spring if there is no frame. Measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling for full height posts.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Always use a metal tape measure. (tape measure image by Alison Bowden from
  2. 2

    Build two identical rectangular frames using 1/34 inch closet poles. Use closet pole material with rings to make installing or changing the draperies easier. Cut the poles using a mitre set at a 45 degree angle. Check to make sure that the frames easily slide over the bed and the frame of the bed. Slip drapery rings onto the long sides of the top rail before screwing the pieces together. Glue and screw together the side frames.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Simple shapes add architectural details. (Schlafzimmer image by Herbert Steiner from
  3. 3

    Stain, paint or finish all of the pieces of the canopy frame before assembling.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Complement or contrast with existing furniture. (brush in paint image by Vladislav Gajic from
  4. 4

    Make upright posts using 2 by 2 inch lumber, 4 by 4 inch fence post wood, painted galvanised pipe or copper pipe. Clad wooden posts using decorative moulding or glue-on carvings. Decorate pipes with faux paint or decals. Porch posts, both new and recycled, can make great upright posts for canopy beds. Use black aluminium canopy supports used on mobile home carports for a wrought iron look.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Look at unusual sources for materials. (Porch Hammock image by Andrew Kazmierski from
  5. 5

    Add real drama to a room with floor to ceiling bed posts made of manufactured styrofoam Greek columns. Sold in larger home improvement stores, styrofoam columns are used under stucco for outside installation but can be assembled and finished for use indoors.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Here is a bold statement. (row of columns forming portico image by Paolo Frangiolli from
  6. 6

    Use pre-made draperies with a length of 84 or 96 inches. Hang the top frame at 86 inches or 98 inches so the draperies will just touch the floor. Screw the bottom frame to the upright posts at the height of the bottom of the box spring or bed frame. Secure both the top and bottom frames to the inside of the upright posts using long screws or L brackets

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Use pre-made draperies. (hanging curtain image by GeoM from
  7. 7

    Attach the upright posts to the floor and the ceiling for a completely stable structure. Add security to the open framework of the canopy by screwing the entire structure to the wall or to the bed frame using L brackets.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Glue and screw all the parts together. (drill image by Albert Lozano from
  8. 8

    Touch up the paint. Hang the draperies. Make up the bed. Add embellishments and lots of pillows and plan an evening.

    How to Make Your Own Canopy Poles
    Plan your evening. (dreaming beauty image by starush from

Tips and warnings

  • Make a canopy inside or outside in a few hours. Use a sun shade canopy frame and add rings and your own fabric. Place the canopy frame over the bed and add your own decorative touches. Try adding rope lights, flower garlands and wind chimes for a perfect romantic evening.
  • Avoid canopy covers over children's beds or cribs because of the risk of strangulation.
  • Do not put canopy draperies near open flames or heaters.

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