Canopy Bed Assembly Instructions

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Canopy Bed Assembly Instructions
Any bed can be turned into a canopy bed. (morning bed image by araraadt from

A canopy bed looks great in any bedroom. It can add fantasy and fun to a child's room, privacy to teen's room and intimacy to an adult's room. If you don't have a four-poster bed, you can make and assemble your own canopy. Making your own canopy is easy and will quickly dress up your room.

Assembling the Canopy

You can easily make and assemble your own canopy to fit any kind of bed and a bed of any size. To assemble the canopy, first measure the height of your room, from the floor to the ceiling. The frame that you're going to use for your canopy is a large embroidery hoop (about 17 to 20 inches in diameter). Purchase any kind of fabric that you'd like to use. Buy the fabric in twice the height of the room, plus two additional feet. Take the inner circle of the embroidery hoop out and set it aside. Lay your fabric out on a clean surface; put the inner circle under the fabric, centring it in the middle. Rest the larger circle on top of the inner circle with the fabric between both hoops. Pull the extra two feet of fabric through the outer circle. Push the outer circle down to fit over the inner circle, holding the fabric in place. Thread fishing line or a ribbon through the top of the fabric. Tie the line or ribbon into a knot to hang the canopy with.

Hanging the Canopy

Figure out where you will want the assembled canopy to hang. Typically, when you're in your bed you should be looking up into the middle of the canopy. Mark the ceiling where you will be hanging the canopy with a pencil. Also, keep in mind that if the canopy is hung too closely to the wall, the canopy will tip slightly. Screw a screw-in hook into the ceiling where you've marked. Pull the canopy up to the screw, and tie the fishing line or ribbon to the hook. Adjust the assembled canopy so that the opening of the canopy is facing the foot of the bed.

Using different materials

When making your canopy, consider different materials and themes that you can use. You can use almost any material that you'd like. However, tulle can be purchased in large amounts inexpensively. For different themes, you can sew on little butterflies, flowers, stars, etc., for a girl's room. For a boy's room, add leaves, netting, etc., to create canopy with a fort or army tent feel. For teen girls and adults, you can decorate the opening of the canopy with satin ribbons.

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