5 DIY Bed Canopy Ideas You Can Try at Home | Architectural Digest

Dallas-based Gonzalo Bueno of Ten Plus Three draped fabric at the back of this canopy “to add privacy if desired, but without making it feel too heavy or too much.” The ruched panels slide directly over the bed frame, without any need for additional hooks, and gather on the floor to give the canopy bed a carefree, romantic aesthetic. Craving a similar setup? “The key is to find the perfect fabric with the right weight, and to have the panels made to the perfect size,” Bueno explains. He opted for a Perennials sheer fabric, which is not only pretty, but the ideal weight for routine use. Given that this bed canopy is a bit long, you can also explore implementing sheer draping fabric.

3. A classic canopy

A solid fabric frames the canopy bed that’s both classic and fresh as seen in this vision by designer Mel Bean.

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For a more traditional bed canopy that just grazes the floor, designer Mel Bean created chic, neutral curtains using custom, sheer drapery that is attached to the bed with grommet style rings, chosen to match the frame’s iron finish. “We selected a pinch pleat detail for the drapes and used the same sheer fabric for the lining so it is beautiful from every angle and still lets light through,” the Tulsa-based Bean explains. To replicate this look in your own home, Bean suggests sourcing a ready-made drapery panel in a sheer fabric. “Pinch pleats add a traditional and timeless element, but a simple panel with refined clip rings can also work in a modern setting,” she says. The more fabric used, the better, so that the canopy appears full when extended. “If you never intend to close the drapery panels fully, you can save on fabric, but it does need to appear full when stacked so it’s not noticeable,” Bean adds. Note that you will still see the fabric lining from the bed, so consider how the fabric looks from both sides. Not into sheer fabric? Bean is a proponent of this white IKEA curtain set for the project too. “It’s affordable and long enough to be hemmed to the exact length you need,” she explains. “If you like to sew, you can do this yourself and even add a pinch pleat!”

4. A simple but playful pattern

Designer Chauncey Boothby creates a bed canopy with bedsheets.

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