Making a Bed Canopy Frame

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Making a Bed Canopy Frame
This can be a romantic element for the bed's canopy frame. (Lace Curtain image by Empath from

Bed canopies began as a way to display wealth and importance in medieval Europe. Over time canopies began to be appreciated for themselves and not the prosperity they represented. They also became a symbol of romance in the bedroom. You can make a canopy for your own bed by creating a frame from items around the house.

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Things you need

  • Mullioned window frame
  • Two sheers or netting
  • Stud finder
  • Four eye bolts
  • Hammer
  • Picture wire
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Rescue a mullioned window frame from the trash. The window frame should have space for at least 12 panels to give it more visual interest.

  2. 2

    Lay two sheers or netting pieces over the frame so that they hang over the side from back to front as well as side to side. If you look at the window frame from above, the sheers will look like a cross.

  3. 3

    Screw in four eye bolts near the outer corners on one side of the window frame (the side over which the sheers are draped). You can start the eye bolts by tapping them with a hammer, then twisting them with your fingers.

  4. 4

    Find the location of the studs in the ceiling over your bed. Screw four eye bolts into the studs, spacing them so they match the position of the ones on the window frame.

  5. 5

    Cut lengths of picture wire that are long enough to allow the window frame canopy to hang at the distance you want above your bed from the ceiling. Attach all of the wires.

  6. 6

    Hold the window frame canopy over the bed so that it is suspended, flat, above the bed. Secure the other end of the wires to the eye bolts in the ceiling.

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