Are you missing a headboard? Look no further than this sweet summertime refresher: a simple overhang canopy constructed with just a length of fabric and two curtain rods. I made this canopy for my friend Eileen in just one afternoon. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this glamorous and easy project, and be sure to check out my Weekend Decorator column on the One Kings Lane Style Blog for even more fun ideas! —Megan
Photography by Lesley Unruh
Click through for the full how-to after the jump!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
-Fabric that spans the width of bed and the length of the bed to the ceiling plus 5 feet
-2 adjustable curtain rods (wide enough to span the width of your bed)
-2 ceiling-mounted curtain hardware brackets
-2 wall-mounted curtain hardware brackets
-Anchors and screws appropriate to your ceiling/wall type
Find Your Fabric
Any fabric can work for this project, but one that looks the same on both sides is the easiest to execute. If you find a fabric that you love that isn’t double-sided or you’re looking to add some visual contrast, you can do what I did and back your “headboard” fabric with a complementary solid fabric. Just make sure the two pieces are the same size, and either sew the panels together or use fusible tape to connect them. To give the fabric a finished look, I adorned the edges with a black-and-gray ribbon border using fabric glue (but fusible tape would work too).
To create the canopy effect and hold the draped fabric in place when it’s hung, I sewed a channel for the ceiling-mounted curtain rod 18 inches from the fabric’s edge.
Hang the Rods
To ensure I hung my curtain rods evenly, I followed the two sides of the bed up to the ceiling and marked those two points where the ceiling met the wall. For each of those two points, I measured and marked 18 inches out from the wall on the ceiling, and then down 18 inches from the ceiling on the wall. Once the positions were marked, I attached all four brackets according the manufacturer’s instructions.
Tip: Make sure to position the brackets so that they are a little wider than the width of your canopy to accommodate the bracket hardware.
Once the brackets are in place, slide your canopy onto a curtain rod, and attach the rod to the ceiling brackets. Next, place the other curtain rod in the wall hardware and drape the length of the fabric behind it.
That’s it! Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a little fabric and two curtain rods?
Want another quick canopy idea? Head over to the One Kings Lane Style Blog to see how to turn any bed into a canopy bed!
Photography: Lesley Unruh