How to decorate a four-poster bed with fabric

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How to decorate a four-poster bed with fabric
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Four-poster beds have recently had a resurgence in popularity. It can be easier to decorate a four-poster bed in a feminine way, because the bed in general tends to be rather feminine-looking. Since women are usually the ones decorating with these four-poster beds, many times the beds' decorating schemes tend to be more feminine in their design. However, there are ways to decorate a four-poster bed so that it appeals to both sexes.

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Things you need

  • Tulle
  • Organza
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • Double-sided tape
  • Small ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Curtain rods

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    Hang swathes of tulle or organza from the top of each poster of the bed. The sheerness of the fabric will give the room a romantic feeling.

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    Attach the tulle or organza to the top of the posts using clear thumbtacks or double-sided tape. An alternative would be to tie a small ribbon around the top of the post.

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    Cut the ends of the tulle or organza to the length of the bottom of the bed. Cutting them longer will emphasise the space between the bed and the floor. Cutting them too short will make the bed appear wider and chunkier.

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    Add a canopy to each end of your four-poster bed. A canopy will help enclose the bed from the rest of the room. Choosing muted colours such as navy blue, terra cotta brown or sage green will help the room appear more masculine.

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    Create a canopy by hanging a solid sheet of material across each end of the bed. Sheer fabrics will look good regardless of their colour. Thicker fabrics will keep the area more private.

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    Attach a curtain rod to each end of the poster bed, screwing one end of the rod at each post. Slide panels of material onto the curtain rod and secure them with the curtain finials.

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