How to Make a Bed Crown Canopy

Updated March 23, 2017

No princess's room would be complete without a crown over the bed. Adding a bed crown canopy is a wonderful way to customise your daughter's bedroom. It is remarkable that such a chic and magical addition to a room can be created so simply and inexpensively. With a few yards of fabric, some leftover boards and a few pieces of crown moulding, you will create a bedroom fit for a princess. Your little girl is guaranteed to feel like royalty.

Determine the size, shape and dimension of the crown. This will be located directly above the headboard on the ceiling.

Locate the placement of the ceiling joists, the horizontal boards that run from wall to wall and provide support to the ceiling. Most homes are built with the ceiling joists set 16 or 24 inches apart. Pick a corner of your room and measure out from there using those increments. Tap the surface of the ceiling. If you hear a solid sound, you are tapping on a joist. If you hear a hollow sound, you are just off the mark. Another way to locate the joists is to use a stud finder.

Cut three pieces of wood to use as your support for the crown. Nail these to the ceiling joists, creating a box shape against the wall.

Cut the desired length of fabric. Allow enough for a 2-inch bottom hem and to staple it to the box you have created.

Staple the fabric around the sides and front of the box. Create pleats or just evenly gather the material around the front and two sides as you staple. This creates a look of fullness.

Cut three pieces of crown moulding to fit the outside of your box. The moulding will go around the fabric and support box, creating an elegant casing. Use a power or hand mitre box to saw 45-degree angle cuts on ends of the crown moulding, allowing the corner edges of the moulding to fit together exactly. Paint the crown moulding.

Attach three pieces of crown moulding to the ceiling joists using finishing nails.

Countersink all nails using a nail set. This tool sinks the nail slightly into the wood. Use wood putty to fill in the nail holes and any gaps at the moulding corners, giving a flawless look. Let the wood putty dry, sand lightly and do a final touch-up with paint.

Arrange the fabric so it falls loosely and naturally around the head of the bed.


Mitre boxes and saws can be rented at major home improvement stores.


Cutting 45-degree angles using a mitre box and saw can be tricky. Ask for cutting tips at your local home improvement store.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-4-inch wood pieces
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Fabric
  • Heavy-duty stapler
  • Crown moulding
  • Mitre box
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Finishing nails
  • Nail set
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
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