How to Make a Canopy for a Bunkbed

Written by matt scheer
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A canopy helps add atmosphere and privacy to many bedrooms, especially those with bunk beds. A canopy spreads over the top bunk, helping to separate the space of the top from the bottom creating almost a cocoon or tent for the top occupant. Making the canopy's fabric long enough to fall over the entrance to the bottom bunk gives that occupant the same perk. A canopy is a rather simple project that you can complete in an afternoon, but you'll need a helper.

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • 2 curtain rods
  • Fabric, at least 75 inches wide by 12 feet long
  • Sewing machine
  • 4 cup hooks and ceiling mounting hardware
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Power drill

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  1. 1

    Climb into the top bunk with your power drill, stud finer, eye hooks, curtain rods, and mounting screws.

  2. 2

    Find the studs in your ceiling using your stud finder and drill a hole near the head side of the bed. Install the mounting screw and eye hook into this screw. Repeat this process at the foot end of the bed.

  3. 3

    Drill two more holes to install two more cup hooks 3 feet away from the first pair of hooks you made. Thus, the first pair are near the wall and the second pair are near the edge of the bed away from the wall. Install the two additional cup hooks in the same manner you did the first, and insert the curtain rod through them.

  4. 4

    Hem the edges of your fabric with your sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Take your fabric into the top bunk bed and lay the side that is equal in width to the length of the bed over the curtain rod nearest the wall. Drape the fabric against the wall, and tuck it down under the mattress to hold it secure.

  6. 6

    Drape the rest of the fabric over the second curtain rod and down over the bed to the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Place the ladder to the top bunk against the head or foot of the bed so you can enter and exit the bed without having to climb under the canopy. Otherwise, consider cutting a slit in the fabric to serve as an entrance.

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