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What is a Canopy Headboard?

A canopy headboard is a distinctive furniture piece that extends upward from the bed, creating a dramatic frame often draped with fabric, which adds a touch of elegance and a sense of privacy to your sleeping space. It's a style statement that transforms bedrooms into regal retreats. Curious about how a canopy headboard can redefine your bedroom's ambiance? Read on to discover more.
Micki Elizabeth
Micki Elizabeth

When one thinks of a canopy bed, a four-poster bed frame with fabric draped down each side may come to mind. It is possible, however, to create the same effect for any type of bed frame by adding a canopy headboard behind the head of a mattress. This type of headboard, which is typically covered in fabric, creates a way for fabric to attach from the bed to the ceiling. A canopy effect can then be achieved. There are a few different ways in which a canopy headboard can be modeled, and this decorative addition may be purchased or made at home.

A canopy headboard almost always starts with a square or rectangular headboard placed behind the head of the bed against the wall. A piece of fabric often extends from the top of the headboard to the ceiling. Depending on the style of choice, the fabric may be secured to the ceiling in a number of ways.

Traditional canopy beds are classified as four poster beds.
Traditional canopy beds are classified as four poster beds.

Sometimes, the fabric from the canopy headboard is then attached to the corner where the wall and the ceiling meet. Another option is to secure the fabric directly to the ceiling halfway down the bed. This style will create a billowing, draped effect, though it is important to consider the amount of wall space lost by choosing this style. If the head of a bed is against a slanted wall, the fabric canopy could also be attached only to the wall rather than on the ceiling.

One can also choose how far the fabric should extend from the canopy headboard. On one particular style, the fabric ends on the ceiling halfway down the bed’s length. One could also leave extra fabric loose, thus hanging straight down from this midway point. Another choice is to create a second billow by pinning the fabric first at the halfway point for support, then again above the foot of the bed. This fabric, too, could either be finished clean along the ceiling or draped from the ceiling down toward the foot of the bed.

There are a number of instructional videos online to guide a person step by step through the process of building his own canopy headboard. Many do-it-yourself or home decoration companies provide information on this project. Written instructions are also fairly abundant.

Regardless of style, measuring fabric is often the first step toward creating a canopy headboard. One should measure carefully, as canopy headboards are often made of a single cut of fabric. Improper measurements could create problems later in the project.

One should then choose the type of hardware to use. Most instructions will provide a list or suggestions. It is up to the individual, however, to choose between hidden hardware and decorative, visible hardware. Typically, the most common types of hardware necessary to build a canopy headboard include hooks, tacks, and possibly curtain rods.

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    • Traditional canopy beds are classified as four poster beds.
      By: Lisa Turay
      Traditional canopy beds are classified as four poster beds.