How to Make a Bed Canopy for Bunk Beds

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What You'll Need
Fabric for the canopy
4 ceiling hooks and anchors
Fabric pencil
4 fabric grommets
Hem Tape
Step ladder

A bed canopy can add a whimsical touch to your child's room. By using simple hardware and decorative hooks you can dress up your child's bunk beds fast and easy.

Choose Your Fabric

Choose a fabric that matches the decor of the room. Make sure that the fabric is light. It should be fairly lightweight and hang easy. Good fabric choices are any gauzy material, netting, light cotton, sheer fabrics or silk. Measure the fabric to fit the bed then hem on all sides using hem tape, thread, and a needle.

Use the Hardware

Choose 4 ceiling hooks and anchors to hang the fabric. These can be decorative and should match your decor for the room. Make sure that the hook's weight limit is sufficient enough to support your fabric.

Position the Bed

Move the bed to the center of the room. It should be in the center so that the fabric can hang properly on all four sides. Most times with a bunk bed, you want one side against the wall. If that is the case, simply slide out the bed from the wall when you are ready to hang that side of the bed canopy.

Install the Ceiling Hooks

  1. Use a pencil to mark four spots above the corners of the bed.
  2. Use a drill to drill a hole in the first mark that you made.
  3. Attach the anchor to the hook. Make sure that the anchor folds downward.
  4. Insert the hook and anchor into the hole. Push it up so that the hook is flush against the wall. This ensures that the anchor will fully open.
  5. Screw the hook in tighter so that it is flush against the wall.
  6. Install the 3 remaining hooks in the same manner as the first one.

Attaching the Fabric

  1. Hold the fabric up to the hook to decide where you want the fabric to attach to the hooks.
  2. Use a fabric marker to mark the spots you have chosen. Using the scissors, cut a small hole in the fabric on the parts that you have marked.
  3. Attach the grommets. Use the installer that came with your grommet kit or you can use a hammer.
  4. Hang the material on the ceiling hooks and arrange on each of the four corners of the bed
  5. Using ribbon, curtain tiebacks or even leftover fabric, tie back the fabric on the four corners of the bed. Leave an opening on the ladder and the opening of the bed for easy entry and exit. Placing material near the stairs could cause injury to a child.
  6. If you are choosing to place one side of your bunk bed back up to the wall, slide the bed back up against the wall before using the tie backs.