A canopy bed is the epitome of romantic boudoir elegance and makes a real focal point in any bedroom. True canopy beds can be prohibitively expensive to buy if you're on a tight budget. However, with a little creativity and imagination, you can still have the bed of your dreams. To create your own canopy bed you'll need a few basic DIY skills (just to fit the curtain rods to the ceiling), and it helps if you're handy with a sewing machine.
Here are some great ideas to help get you started.
- The simplest way of getting the canopy bed look is by hanging drape curtains from single ceiling mounted rods set in a square above the bed. You won't be able to draw the curtains around the bed, but you still get the all-important canopy effect. Choose simple finials to keep the emphasis on the drapes and the bed.
- An easy way of using drapes to make a canopy bed is by hanging the fabric over the head of the bed only. All you need to do to achieve this is to mount two curtain rods on the wall on either side of the bed and drape the curtains across. Add interest and romance to the overall effect by hanging a string of battery powered fairy lights across the bedhead.
- If you mount a single hoop-shaped curtain rod on the ceiling over the centre of the bed, you can drape curtains or fabric through it and over the ends of the bed. For best results, you'll need a bed that's set with the long side against the wall and has a footboard and headboard of the same height.
- If you have an eaves bedroom, you can incorporate a canopy bed effect by using the existing architecture of the room. Site the bed underneath the 'A' shaped eaves and mount two curtain rods in the apex over it. Drape the curtains down on either side of the bedhead for a cosy effect.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a designer canopy bed to achieve the same effect. You can use either readymade drapes or simple bolts of fabric to create the canopy, together with plain curtain poles and simple finials. Whether you want an opulent Hollywood effect complete with swags and tails or a pretty, romantic chiffon finish, just use the ideas outlined above and let your own imagination do the rest!