How to Make an Easy Mesh Bed Canopy

What You'll Need
Old Hula-hoop, or costume dress crinoline
Cord or Ribbon
Glue gun
Step ladder

A mesh bed canopy can convert your boring shop-bought bed into an exciting and mysterious sleep experience, while also keeping away insects and other pests that can bother you in the night. Mesh is the ideal fabric for a bed canopy, as it is light and easy to put into place, and can be manipulated to give your bed a soft and romantic look. When you are considering building a bed canopy for your room, you can use ordinary plain mesh, or you can start your project by dying it a color which matches the rest of your room. To make this mesh canopy, you will need a few home improvement tools and about an hour and a half of spare time.

Step 1 - Decide on Location

Before you start hanging your mesh, you will need to decide where it will have to be placed in location to other parts of the room. If your bed is near to a door, you don't want the mesh to interfere with the opening and closing of that door, and similarly for a window. You also do not want to use so much mess that you'll get entangled in the material every time you get in or out of bed. If you want to cover the entire bed with the mesh, place the hook at the center of the bed, but if you only want to canopy the area around your head, hang the hook closer to the headboard. Hold the hook up to the ceiling, and mark with the pencil where you want it to go.

Step 2 - Fit the Hook

Using your screwdriver, make a hole where you have marked on the ceiling. Don't make this hole too large, or you will not be able to keep the hook in place. Put a plastic anchor into the location, and screw in tightly. You should then slide the hook up into the anchor, and push in. Seal with the glue gun.

Step 3 - Add the Cord

You should now fit the cord around the hook. Connect one part of the cord with your hula-hoop or crinoline, and then glue in place. Repeat until you have all four "corners" of the hoop connected to cord.

Step 4 - Hang the Mesh

Once this has been done, you are ready to hang the mesh. Place the fabric over the hook, and then gather the mesh together where the four cords meet. Tie more cord around this length, and then hang the latter over the top of the hook.

Step 5 - Finishing Up

When you have done this, arrange the mesh around the bed. You can install further hooks, and connect the edges of the mesh to these, or you can leave it flowing loosely. Seal over all cords and connections with the glue gun.