The typical way to hang a bed canopy usually involves using hooks. However, there are other, non-traditional ways to hang a bed canopy on any bed. Instead of using hooks to hang your bed canopy, try using a ceiling curtain rod or tension wire to hang the bed canopy for a different look.
Step 1 - Measure the Area
Measure the length and the width around your bed where you will be hanging your bed canopy. Typically this is about one to two inches longer than the bed. This allows the fabric to completely enclose the bed.
Step 2 - Choose the Method and Hardware
Decide on the hardware and method you want to use to hold the fabric. You can choose between a curtain rod that can be installed on the ceiling or a tension wire. Make sure to confirm your ceiling can support whatever method you choose.
Step 3 - Purchase the Hardware
Purchase the hardware you want using the exact measurements you determined you need in Step 1. You are going to need one curtain rod or tension wire for each side of the bed. If your rod or wire does not come with screws, you will need to purchase those as well.
Step 4 - Choose the Fabric
A lightweight material works best when it comes to making a bed canopy. Materials such as tulle, organza or any other netting material are ideal choices. If you want more privacy, you can double up on the netted material and back it with a solid color curtain panel. One that is made out of silk or a light cotton material is a good choice.
Step 5 - Prepare for Installation
At this point, your bed should already be in the position it will be in when you are finished with the bed canopy. Using a step ladder and a tape measure, mark the spots on the ceiling where you will install the ceiling curtain rods.
Step 6 - Hang the Fabric
Once you have drilled the holes, attach the ceiling curtain rod to the ceiling using the screws that either came with the rod or that you purchased. Make sure that, prior to installing the screws, you use any anchors that came with the rod as well. This will help ensure the durability and stability of the rod.
If you are using fabric, you will have to cut small holes in the fabric then attach the curtain rings to the fabric. Once you cut the holes, you may want to add fabric grommets for a more clean look. These are easily installed using either a hammer or the installer that comes in most grommet kits.
If you are using curtains, attach the curtain rings then hang the curtain on the rod. With two panels per post, use the tie backs and tie the panels at the halfway point on the post. Adjust the gathers at the top for evenness and leave an opening in the middle of the rod.