How to create bed curtains without a canopy bed frame

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Traditionally, you will find canopy beds with four posters attached by beams in between. Hung or draped in a variety of ways across the beams you will see fabric tied to the canopy frame or permanently secured to the frame.

Usually made inexpensively from metal or more expensively from wood, canopy frames require clearance from the ceiling. When you make your own canopy bed without a frame, you open yourself up to more possibilities and design options, plus you save much money. You can make bed curtains today with little or no sewing and sleep in a canopy bed tonight.

Traditional style

Measure from the floor to the ceiling to get the length for your curtain fabric. Add about 30 cm (12 inches) to the length to allow for seams and add another 10 cm (4 inches) if you want your curtains to puddle on the floor. Multiply the amount of fabric you need for each curtain.

Select fabric in a colour matching the decor of your bedroom, keeping in mind both sides of the fabric will show. Ideas include a solid colour matching the main colour of a bed design or a lighter, printed fabric like toile.

Hang the three curtain rods on the ceiling around your bed.

Sew the fabric panels together to make a curtain, then hem your curtains.

Romantic style

Select a netting or sheer type of fabric in a colour that matches the decor of your bed and bedroom.

Screw an eye hook into the ceiling at each corner of your bed.

Feed the fabric through the hook on one side of the bed and let it drape almost to the floor, then run it up, then down again on the second hook. Repeat this on the opposite side of the bed. You now have a romantic canopy bed with a four-poster look.