How to Create a Canopy for Your Bedroom

Canopy for bedroom made from botanical print fabricWhen decorating a room, it’s important to create a focal point. In a bedroom, the bed is the obvious focal point, so you really want to make a statement. A large piece of art, a headboard with a unique shape, or colorful bedding all draw the eye to the feature wall and draw you into the space. Another favorite option? A canopy over the bed. Here’s how we created this botanical print canopy in a master bedroom.

The first step is to have your canopy fabricated. If you can’t sew it yourself, check with your drycleaner. They often have seamstresses that can tackle a simple project like this one. Here’s what we used to make ours:

Measurements for bed canopy

Be sure to sew the fabric on the backside the reverse direction that the front. That way, when it hangs from the ceiling, it will be the right direction.

Before hanging your canopy, make sure it’s crisply ironed. You won’t want to deal with wrinkles once it’s hung.

Diagram for hanging the canopy over and behind your bedWe used two 1″ x 2″ furring strips to secure the fabric to the wall and the ceiling. To camouflage the furring strips, we wrapped them in the same solid and patterned fabric we used for our canopy. 

Use drywall screws to secure canopy to wall just below moulding

Once you’ve determined where your canopy will go behind the bed and made sure it’s centered, secure the canopy to the wall behind the furring strip with drywall screws. This will keep the fabric secured, and flat against the wall. We mounted the canopy just below our crown moulding.

Mount canopy to ceiling with hidden furring strip and drywall screws

Next, mount the end of the canopy to the ceiling, leaving about 18″ hanging down. For this bed, our canopy came out from the wall about 36″ before hanging down.

Canopy hanging over a queen bed in master bedroom

Finish off the space by coordinating bedding with the colors from your canopy fabric. We wove lots of navy blue through our bedding with striped, embroidered, and quilted details. A pair of botanical prints in a matching navy blue complete the space.

Browse all of our fabric by the yard here, or shop for bedding.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    June 10, 2018

    I’ve seen this several places but never felt like figuring it all out. Now that you have given me directions and measurements, I feel like I can accomplish this next weekend and add a little style to my bedroom. Thank you!

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    Clara @Model Home Improvement

    March 16, 2018

    Adorable! All I can say is, “wow” and “love it”. Thanks for sharing in detail.