How to Hang Curtains to Create a Four-Poster Bed Look

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How to Hang Curtains to Create a Four-Poster Bed Look
Curtains instantly can make a basic bed seem more regal and commanding. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A four-poster bed lends a regal, almost fairy-tale quality to any bedroom. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a grand four-poster bed that commands attention in the bedroom. Luckily, you can fake the appearance of a four-poster bed by strategically hanging curtains at specific points above your bed. The curtains also will give an added romantic touch that is less expensive than getting a brand new bed.

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Things you need

  • Step stool or ladder
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Dry wall anchors
  • Power drill
  • Curtain rod mounts
  • Screws
  • 3 decorative curtain rods
  • 3 pairs of curtains

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    Move a step stool next to the right side of your bed, step up and mark the ceiling roughly with a pencil where you want to screw in the brackets for each end of the curtain rod. Move the step stool and repeat this procedure for the foot of your bed and for the left side as well. The only place you won't be screwing in a curtain rod is at the head of the bed. As you are marking these positions bear in mind that the curtain rods should be parallel to each side of the bed without crossing or overlapping each other.

  2. 2

    Install your drywall anchors using your power drill and selecting the appropriate bit. Screw each drywall anchor on top of each pencil mark that you just made. Screw in the ceiling mount brackets that came with each curtain rod, using your power drill. Repeat this process five more times for each end of the three curtain rods that you will hang.

  3. 3

    Slide a pair of curtains onto each of your three decorative curtain rods. Insert the curtain rod into the brackets hanging from the ceiling. Tighten the brackets around each end of the rod. Repeat this process until your three curtain rods and curtains surround your bed.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorative curtain rods will work best in this situation as the curtains and hardware will be somewhat prominent. Decorative rods will give the entire bed a more finished, ornamental look.

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