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Enhance your Environment with a DIY Canopy

“You are a product of your environment” is a saying that holds a lot of truth. Never underestimate how impactful an environment can have on one’s mood and lifestyle. What consists of your environment, whether good or bad, these life-changing variables can impact our everyday lives.

Since we are staying indoors more this year due to COVID-19, now is a good time to evaluate the environments that surround you. For example, is your kitchen messy and unorganized to the point you’d rather order takeout instead? How about your bedroom? That room is the last thing a person sees before falling asleep and is the first thing a person sees in the morning. Other than sleeping, a bedroom can be a place for many things: dancing in your birthday suit, getting ready for the day, journaling, working on a project, etc. 

When you enter your room, what mood or emotion do you feel? Is this how you’d like to feel when entering your bedroom and spending time inside of it? What do you want to feel when you enter your room?

I had just moved to NYC two months before the pandemic hit the United States. Not only was the city life was new to me, so was my apartment environment. Seeking comfort, II wanted to make sure my room emitted the vibes I wanted to feel. After some brainstorming, I decided that my new room needed extra decor that was light and uplifting. That is how I decided to add a canopy over my bed and discovered a cheap way to make one.

If you are looking for a simple project to rearrange and personalize your bedroom, this DIY is a cheap and easy project to revamp your room feel more luxurious and whimsical.

What is a Canopy?

Canopies originated in the medieval era as a useful way to show one’s wealth while keeping them warm at night. One added a canopy over their bed to add more privacy and showcase one’s luxurious lifestyle. Nowadays, canopies are made out of lighter fabric and are more decorative than being a useful way to let others know of their wealth.   

There are different ways to drape and hang canopies. According to Veranda, an interior design magazine, the desire for a decorative canopy has been on the rise in the past few years. 

Different Types of Canopies

The Canopy Bed

The canopy bed frame is one of the most popular canopy types seen today as it appears to be the most modern. This photo of the Bernhardt bed frame showcases the common metal bars used to easily hang a canopy.  

The Classic Four-Poster 

This bed frame is similar to the canopy bed frame, except it is not barred all around. Instead, there are four posts at the four corners of the bed. The canopy hung from the classic four-poster can be long or short, as shown in these beautiful illustrations by Julia Ludlam.

Photo credit: The Lit à Colonnes, an illustration by Julia Ludlam for Veranda

The Central Canopy

This canopy drapes over the corners of the bed, coming from the center on the ceiling. This illustration by Julia Ludlam for Veranda shows how whimsical and elegant this canopy type can be.

Photo Credit: The Lit à la Polonaise by Julia Ludlam for Veranda.

The Full Tester

This bed frame canopy uses the headboard rather than the posts. A full canopy can be held with a full tester.

The Half Tester 

The half tester — if you haven’t guessed already — is half of a full tester canopy. Instead of covering the full bed like the full tester, it only covers half of it.

The Crown Canopy

This canopy is placed above the headboard, like a crown or a halo, and drapes down to the back corners of the bed.

Supplies

There are many ways to set up a canopy; however, you are more than willing to do it your way. I started with the center canopy but now is a combination of a center canopy and a full-tester canopy.

 

Here are the supplies you’ll need for your DIY.

  • Fabric (curtains, a yard of fabric, silk, sheer tool, etc.): 
  • Scissors to cut fabric if necessary.
  • Screw-in hooks for the ceiling canopy. 
  • Thumbtacks to drape and hang the fabric.
  • A tape measurer to measure the height of the ceiling to below your bed.

Instructions

Step one is to decide the kind of canopy style you would like. Measure the height of your room to where you’d want your canopy to fall. Then, decide how much fabric you’ll need. Next, buy however many yards of fabric depending on the size. For example, If you are going to do a full canopy, make sure you have four or more sheets of fabric. If you are doing a half canopy, you won’t need more than six pieces of fabric.

Step two is evenly cut your fabric so that your canopy will be the same length. 

Step three is to take the hooks and place them above the center of your bed or centering over the headboard. 

Step four is to tie and attach the sheets of fabric to the hooks. Take the thumbtacks and pin the fabric to the wall where you’d like to place a drape.

You’re all done! I started with a center canopy and it doubled into a half canopy. Here are photos of my canopy to showcase my explanation.

Since adding my canopy to my new room, it has visually increased the height of my room. I chose a light blue fabric to induce a calm sense of surrounding, mimicking waves and serenity.

What feeling will you intertwine into your room with your new canopy?

 

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