Invoke a fairy-tale feeling with a canopy bed. A basic canopy bed structure can be constructed at home from simple PVC pipe. This pipe is easy to find at hardware stores and costs very little. For a simple princess bed, drape unpainted PVC pipe with lightweight pink and purple fabrics. Create a romantic getaway with a fully enclosed canopy bed of rich fabrics. The ambience and effect of the canopy is limited only by your imagination and budget.
Things You'll Need
- 4 sections of 2-inch diameter PVC pipe (length of mattress plus 2.5 inches)
- 4 sections of 2-inch diameter PVC pipe (width of mattress plus 2.5 inches)
- 4 sections of 2-inch diameter PVC pipe (84 inches)
- 8 three-way corner connectors
- 6 T connectors
Create a rectangle from the PVC pipe out of segments equal to the length and width of the mattress. This section should fit tightly around the mattress and box springs once complete. Attach the segments with a three-way corner connector. The middle section of the connector should face upward.
Divide the length of the bed into four equal portions and cut one of the PVC pipe pieces accordingly. Connect these four pieces with T connectors. The middle openings of the T connectors should be aligned in the same direction. Repeat to create a second section equal to the length of the mattress. Use these pieces, and two pieces of pipe equal to the width of the bed, to create a rectangle. Connect the sides with three-way corner connectors.
Place an 84-inch segment of PVC pipe into each upward-facing opening. These are the posts. Place the rectangle made in Step 2 on top of these posts.
Drape fabric over the top rectangle to create a canopy top. Use a lightweight fabric that matches the theme and colors of your room. To hide the PVC pipes from view inside the bed, secure a layer of fabric to the bottom of the pipes as well.
Create pull-around curtains by hanging curtains on the PVC pipe. This can be done by using curtain loops, sewing loops onto the tops of the fabrics or cutting holes in the fabric and threading the fabric directly onto the pipe segments. Use thick decorative rope to tie the curtains to the poles. This will hide the PVC pipe base.
Tips & Warnings
- Paint the PVC pipe segments before construction to make the cheap material less obvious.
- Use a thick fabric to keep light from entering the bed space. For light and ambience, wrap the PVC poles with Christmas lights.