Add Romance and Privacy to Your Bedroom with a Canopy Bed Add Romance and Privacy to Your Bedroom with a Canopy Bed

A canopy bed brings to mind images of dashing princes and beautiful princesses with long hair and flowing silken nightdresses. A romantic image for sure, even though the actual use of early canopy beds by the wealthy was more for privacy than to create a romantic atmosphere. (They wanted privacy from servants that often shared their rooms.) Today a canopy bed can also provide privacy, but most people choose them for the look and romance they add to a bedroom. Here are a few things to consider when creating your own canopy bed.

Buying a Canopy Bed Frame

The easiest way to add romance and privacy to your bedroom with a canopy bed is to buy a bed that already has the canopy frame. But selection of this type of bed has to be made carefully. They tend to be large, so you need to make sure you have enough space in your room.

Decide the decorative style you want in your room. Iron canopy bed frames tend to be cheaper if you buy the lower end ones, but they're also not as sturdy. Heavy-weight iron beds can provide a classic look to your room, but they're heavy to move. If you're looking to create a more vintage look, go for a wooden canopy bed frame.

Turn a Regular Bed into a Canopy Bed

If you don't have the budget to buy a completely new bed, you can likely work with the bed you already have and create a custom canopy that will surround your bed in romantic color and softness. Purchase inexpensive curtain rods and install one over each end of yoru bed. Then purchase long curtains and attach the fabric to each rod. Tie back the fabric with tassels to give it shape and a soft drape.

Cut out a half-circle shape from a piece of 3/4-inch plywood. Decide on the size of the circle based on the size of your bed. You can create your own custom half-circle pattern out of a large sheet of brown packing paper. Sand the edges and varnish or paint the piece of wood if you wish.  Then attach the half-circle directly to the ceiling with screws above the top of your bed. Or float it 2 to 4 inches off the ceiling by using wall-attached L-brackets. Drape your choice of fabric over the wood.

For an elegant and simple canopy bed, screw in one large wood or metal ring above each corner of the bed. Draw four long panels of your chosen fabric through each ring making sure there is enough fabric so it drapes nicely and touches the floor.

The Best Fabrics

If you want a more traditional romantic look, choose fabrics like silk, velvet, tapestry or chintz for your canopy bed. You can also change the fabrics with the seasons. Velvet and tapestry are heavier and suitable for cooler months. They can also provide additional warmth.

For a country look, try calico, muslin or gingham. Those on a tight budget can create modern looking canopy beds by simply using sheets that coordinate with your bedding.


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