Alright! I'm going to try my hand at at Tut for this project. This is my first time doing something like this so please bear with me.
Here's what you'll need!
Ruler Notepad A big bunch of cup hooks Fishing line Tubes from wrapping paper Gorilla tape clear thumbtacks 3/8th" x 36" wooden dowels Fabric in the desired color Ribbon or other decorative fiddly bit for tying the curtains back A friend to assist you
Now all these things can be bought at Walmart or a dollar store for uber cheap so it's college friendly yay!
First things first, bust out your measuring implement, be in yardstick, tape or bit of string, however you want to do it and grab yourself some paper. Gotta make notes so you know how much fabric to get.
Measure the width and length of your bed, tacking on two extra inches. Grab the gift wrapping tubes, tape them together, end to end until they're all long as you need. Be sure to affix the dowels to the back to give it enough support that it can hold up to the weight of the fabric and the stress of being pushed open and adjusted. You can get extra fabric to cover this up (Which is what I did) if you don't wanna be lounging and glance up and see exposed dowel rod. Lay it down on the ground.
Next, grab one of your cup hooks and lay it alongside your improvised curtain rod. Now cup hooks have a screw and then this round metal bit that braces against the wall, ceiling etc, measure from that to the other side of the rod, add six and a 1/2th inches to that and make a note. You'll need it here in a sec
Now! measure how long you want your curtains to be. Remember that measurement you just made? Subtract that from how long you want your curtains to be. Once you have all your measurements, go buy you sum fabric. Doesn't matter what color just try to avoid getting one that's too heavy for the rod to handle.
Make sure to get some extra fabric as well. This will be for loops at the top, if you were wondering what that 6 inches extra was for and for the valences at the top. For the valances, simply take the measurement for how long and wide your bed is for your fabric length and then make it 12 inches wide, be sure to leave room for hemming if you wish to.
For the loops, Look at how wide your curtains will be, make this extra fabric that long and 12 inches wide. Fold it over and measure out 1 inch increments to make some nice loops. This will help with the weight distribution of the fabric. Cut them out and lay out the fabric for your curtain.
Now you want two curtains on each side, so find the middle of width of your fabric and cut it there to make nice panels for the sides and the foot of the bed, heck even for the head too if you want.
Press your fabric and hem it, 1/4th of an inch from the top and 1/4th at the bottom, press again till nice and neat. Position the loopies neatly along the top and pin them in place. Hand sew or use your machine to make sure they stay nice and secure.
Now that the curtains are done, begin preparations for installation. Grab your cup hooks and place them in equal increments around your bed, making sure to two at each corner and enough in between to support your rods.
Speaking of the rod, grab it and slip your loops over it, making sure the curtains are nice and even and centered how you want it. Get a friend's help for this next part as it can be kinda tricky. Cut lengths of fishing line, about 6 inches, one for each cup hook. With you and your friend holding the rod up, tie it to the cup hook securely and snip off the extra line.
Make sure you have your curtains where you want them before you secure them in place!
Remember those valences you made? Grab em and those clear thumbtacks, secure them infront of the rod to hide it and the loops. Grab your ribbon, tie the curtains back and ta-dah! All done!
Whew...I hope this was helpful. If you guys are confused at all please let me know ok?
Absolutely awesome! Nice to see I'm not the only one wrapped up in getting a canopy! Was there a frame up top or just pinning?
Yup! there's a frame up top! Well a partial one anyway. I didn't trust the thumbtacks to hold the weight and withstand the use of the curtains being shifted and adjusted, so I made a support for them with two cardboard gift wrapping tubes, reinforced by some 3/8ths dowels. I screwed in 4 cup hooks and tied it up there with some nice strong fishing wire too.
Wow, I have always wanted one like that too. Not the froo-froo girly pink ones, but the seriously useful ones, that can keep you warm and snuggy. Love it, wonderful job.
Thanks, I like the more sophisticated looking canopies but all I could find were the fairy glitter and sparkle sort of ones so I made it myself ^^ it was really easy, I might post a tut when I do my roomies.
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum but I wanted to start out by sharing with you a dream...A dream that I've had since I was a little girl to have a canopy bed with rich pretty curtains I could pull back or untie to enclose my bed to make it a snuggly warm place of isolation and luxury.
I am pleased to say that I have succeeded!
After hours of work, measuring, almost falling off my bed a few dozen times and hurting my poor poor thumb with evil thumbtacks *sucksthumb* T^T
I have what I've always wanted! This was my second attempt at a canopy and I must say I like this one much MUCH better than my first try. Now I'm the spiffiest chick in my dorm!