How to Make a Beaded Bed Canopy

What You'll Need
Hula hoop, or similar
Cord or ribbon
Material such as Tulle
Needle and thread
Glue gun

If you want to improve the look of your bedroom, then making a beaded bed canopy is one way in which you can do this. The bed canopy is a romantic and luxurious item of furniture, and you can also add your own touches to make it into something special to you. One example of this is the beaded canopy, which uses craft beads to give your canopy an additional attractiveness. When you are installing the canopy, you should be aware that the beads will make the fabric heavier than normal, and you will need to take extra precautions when fitting the supports which will hold the bed canopy in place.

Step 1 - Adding the Beads

The most difficult part of this installation is adding the beads to the canopy before you begin. These beads can be sewn together on a string, and then added to the bed canopy, or you can sew them onto the fabric individually. The latter is very time consuming, and you will have to face the prospect of a very heavy material being supported above the bed. You should consider how much weight you are willing to have suspended above the bed before you attach any of the beads.

Step 2 - Fit the Hook

Begin your installation of the canopy by fitting your hook into the ceiling above the bed. The placement of the hook depends very much upon how you want the final canopy to appear. If you want a full bed covering, then you should screw in the hook near to the middle of the bed. If you would prefer to have only the headboard and pillowcases covered by the canopy, then you should install the hook closer to the top part of the bed.

Step 3 - Add the Cords

Take your hula hoop, and lay it directly below the hook. Attach four cords around the hoop, approximating to 4 corners, with cord ends extending about a foot beyond each side of the hoop. Tie these around the hoop and glue into position. Take your beaded fabric, and lay it so that the beads are uppermost. Take your cords, and attach them to the four corners of the fabric using your glue gun. Take the other side of the cords, knot these together, and then glue.

Step 4 - Hanging the Canopy

Take your fabric, and place it over the hoop and the knotted cord, so that the beads are on the outside of the fabric. Lift the knotted cords and the center of the fabric up to the hook, and hang in place. You may choose to sew the cord into the hook using a needle and thread. Once you have the cord fixed to the hook, you should be able to pull out the canopy so that it floats around the bed. You may wish to add extra beads as weight to each of the corners of your fabric.