Whether you want to wake up every morning feeling like royalty or simply prefer the cozy feeling that comes from an enclosed canopy, a canopy bed is the perfect way to add style and comfort to any bedroom space.
What Is a Canopy Bed?
A canopy bed is a bed type that extends upward, through four corner posts, to form four high points. Across each of these points is draped a fabric for ‘enclosing’ the bed.
What Material Type Should You Use for a Canopy Bed?
Canopy bed frames usually don’t come with the canopy included, which means that you have the freedom to choose exactly the type of material and length of the canopy to fit your style preference. Here are a few of the most popular material options for canopy beds.
- Chintz: A thick fabric, usually coated for a ‘shiny’ surface, and often featuring floral patterns. In a canopy bed, chintz offers both bold style and a cozy feel.
- Velvet: A thick fabric featuring a short pile on one side made of soft, smooth fibers, perfect for creating a lush, elegant canopy bed look.
- Satin: An often thin fabric made of such artificial materials as nylon or rayon to produce a smooth, ‘satin-like’ finish. Satin can sometimes lean ‘showy’ or extravagant, so if you choose satin as your canopy bed material of choice, make sure to stick to soft colors like off-white or light pink to maintain a breezy feel.
- Chiffon: A sheer, stretchable fabric beloved in the fashion and design worlds for its ‘breezy’ feel. In a canopy bed, chiffon brings a light, feminine air through a dainty see-through sheen.
- Rayon: An artificial material that can be engineered to resemble soft fabrics such as silk. An effortless choice for those seeking budget-friendly elegant bedroom décor.
- Velour: A fabric similar in feel to silk, usually made of cotton or artificial materials.
- Linen: A soft fabric made from flax, similar in feel to cotton, perfect for a crisp bedroom aesthetic and a cozy canopy-bed feel.
Tips for Hanging a Canopy on a Canopy Bed
Most canopy beds come without the canopy itself, which means for DIY canopy-hanging. Follow these tips to help ensure that you streamline the process of setting up your new canopy bed.
- Consider how much fabric you want to use. The traditional way of hanging a canopy bed is to use one large piece of fabric to drape over the four posts, though more contemporary styles incorporate four pieces of fabric draped over each post separately for a breezy, layered look.
- Consider where you want the fabric to fall. In traditional canopy bed styles, the canopy fabric reaches all the way down to the floor, while in others, the fabric falls just short of the base of the bed for a more casual aesthetic. Keep in mind, too, that longer canopies will completely conceal the style of the bed itself. If you would rather incorporate the bedframe, along with the canopy, as part of your bedroom décor, opt for a shorter canopy length.