This step by step diy article is about how to make a bed canopy. Building a bed canopy is a nice way to enhance the look of your bedroom. Although there are many designs you could choose from, in this article we will show you all you have to know about making the most simple canopy. If you have worked with lumber before, the carpentry techniques should be familiar to you. Don’t forget to adjust the size of the components to your bed, as the canopy is designed for a king size bed frame.
Buy quality lumber, made for building lumber, if you want to get a durable bed. Nevertheless, you could save some money if you purchase lumber with knots, which could even enhance the look of project, giving it a rustic appearance. Select the slats with great attention, checking if they are in a good condition (the lumber has to be straight and without chips, dents or cracks).
Always aligned the components before locking them together with screws. In addition, we recommend you to pre-drill the lumber, otherwise the wood might easily split. Add glue to the joints, if you want to enhance their bond. Don’t forget to adjust the size of the components to your bed, as the canopy is designed for a king size bed frame. Smooth the exposed cut edges using sandpaper and remove the residues.
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Building a bed canopy
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 27” long SUPPORTS
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 54″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 87 1/2” long, 2 pieces – 83 1/2″ long TOP COMPONENTS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit
- One day
How to make a bed canopy
The first step of the woodworking project is to attach the supports to the headboard. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to cut the supports out of 4×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes through the bottom edges of the supports, align them with attention and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the headboard. Add glue to the joints, make sure the corners are square and plumb the supports with attention.
Continue the project in the same manner described above, but fit the 4×4 support to the footboard. Work with attention and align the support properly before inserting the screws, otherwise the canopy won’t have a symmetrical appearance. Add waterproof glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 2×4 supports to the front and to the back supports. Cut both ends of the supports at 45 degrees and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper. Drill pilot holes before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws into the supports.
Cut the side top components as described in the diagram and secure them to the posts using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure you leave no gaps between the components.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you need fill all the holes with a good filler and let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
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