Dreamy DIY Canopy Bed Ideas

One of the first memories I have of a decorating “want” was a canopy bed. I was about eight years old, and had made a new friend at school. This was a pretty big deal for me as I was so incredibly shy, so these memories stuck for me. On my first after school trip for snacks and play time, I got a peek at her room. She had a four poster canopy bed, and it was the first one I had ever seen. Of course to me, this was the ultimate princess room… Being raised by a hard working single mom, these were things I couldn’t even dream about! It wasn’t until much later that I got bit by the DIY bug, and refused to accept that I couldn’t have something I wanted for my dream home. Thanks Mom, for raising us with humility and gratefulness, and passing on your Southern resourcefulness! Apparently, resourcefulness is a quality well shared, because we have found some awesome tutorials and inspiration on creating your own DIY canopy bed from some very creative bloggers and designers. I did eventually get my canopy bed… DIY, of course. And then, I got bored and moved on to another DIY project for a new look for my bedroom.  That’s the cool thing about a DIY project… especially when you have a small home or a small budget. You can be creative, live out a few decorating dreams, or move onto new ones! So I imagine more than one or two of you have been dreaming of a canopy bed like one of these…




Our first project is from ‘Desire to Inspire‘… and that’s exactly what they do, inspire!



Love this DIY canopy bed made from industrial pipe, from ‘Apartment Therapy‘… They built this bed from an old issue of ‘Country Home’ and even scanned the instruction page for you. I like how this could look very ‘Restoration Hardware’ with the right bedding to soften and romanticize the pipe… Can you picture this with some floaty fabric wrapped around it as a canopy?




Try as we might, we could not find a source for this romantic, ethereal canopy bed! But we couldn’t leave it out, it’s amazing! You can see how the canopy is made from dowels hung from cord. Simple curtain panels are tied onto the canopy frame. I think the trick to a look like this is in choosing a romantic, flowy fabric.



Jen from ‘Decor Sanity‘ is a new blogger, but wow, does she impress! She made this DIY canopy bed herself from plans from Ana White (whom we love!). This bed will last forever, and it is gorgeous enough to be passed down as a family heirloom… How cool to be able to make a piece of furniture that your great, great granddaughter might get to love!

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Domino Magazine‘ created this faux canopy bed with curtain rods and fabric. This is great for a more traditional room. Traditional does not mean boring… just choose an updated print to keep the room from looking “sleepy” (Couldn’t resist!) Photo by Simon Upton.



More inspiration from French site ‘Casa Naute‘… This frame was made using natural branches instead of dowels. Love!



This is a simple afternoon project… This DIY canopy bed tutorial from ‘One Kings Lane‘ is made with items from the hardware store. I love how this can be made for any size bed as well, and doesn’t close in the bed, but gives it the real canopy feel!



This canopy bed is from stylist and designer ‘Margot Austin‘… If you read down into her comment section, she tells you how she made the frame itself! I love the styling inspiration here! Ethereal, yet looks very livable…

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Need some more inspiration? Go to the high end hotels! This guest room at ‘San Giorgio‘ will make anyone want to run out and make a canopy bed! Looks like a hanging square frame (easily diy’able) covered with nice quality mosquito netting.



Finally, Corey at ‘Sawdust 2 Stitches‘ has this tutorial for her DIY PVC canopy bed we wanted to make sure you had… We love this project so much, it was also included in our Romantic Projects post over at ‘TBD’!


How many of these DIY canopy bed ideas do you wish you had?  Share your canopy dreams with us in comments! And then jump on over to our posts on 16 DIY Headboard Ideas and Romantic Bedroom Makeovers!

Image Credits: Desire to Inspire, Apartment Therapy, Design Sanity, Domino, Casa Naute, One Kings Lane, Margot Austin, San Giorgio, Sawdust 2 Stitches
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. November 5, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Where can I purchase a ceiling square canopy frame . My bedroom is to small for a canopy bed . I see on this site how they have a canopy over a bed , and its hanging from the ceiling . That’s awesome I would love to use this idea , just needs to know where I can buy it

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 10, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      No idea where they got theirs, but many people create a ceiling frame using curtain rods… hope that helps!

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