Canopy beds are the epitome of luxury and style when it comes to furniture. These beds consist of tall bedposts and a top frame, with drapes and curtains as an attachment. These canopy beds are typically expensive, but learning how to make a canopy bed frame on your own can save thousands of bucks. You can create one out of lumber as long as you also have a bit of woodwork knowledge.
These elegant-looking beds are built to offer privacy, conserve warmth, and be known for their regal designs. Canopy beds typically have four-posters and fabric draped at the top and on all its sides. The finishing touches consist of tassels and other details to add the right amount of drama. With all of these details in mind, it is about time that you learn how to make a canopy bed frame, and I am here to discuss the easiest way to do it.
Steps on How to Make a Canopy Bed Frame
Things You Need
Here are some of the supplies you need to learn how to make a canopy bed frame.
- Four pieces of 4’ x 4’s
- Twelve to fourteen pieces of 2’ x 4’s
- 2’ by 4’ plywood
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- 2 1/2” Kreg screws
- Wood Filler
- Speed Square
Recreating a rustic version of a bed does not mean that you have to deal away with sanding. Sanding is essential in preventing splinters.
- Cut the wood to your desired length. Do the same for the plywood panel for your headboard. Do not forget to cut once and measure twice.
- Sand the wood. You may use a belt sander to smooth out all the ridges mostly on a 4 x 4s. For smoother wood, go for an orbital sander.
- A wood filler is excellent in filling imperfections and knots. However, you may skip this step if you are only planning on staining the wood.
- Sand the wood filler when it dries. Do this several times to achieve the smoothness you want.
- Painting a thin layer of shellac on remaining knots and some wood filler spots will prevent the knots from bleeding through the paint. Do this before priming the wood.
- If you are aiming a lighter or white color for your finished canopy bed, you need to prime the wood.
- Drill two pocket holes at the end of every 34” piece of wood using the jig.
Building the Footboard
- Mark 6” on the 4×4 posts from the bottom using a speed square.
- Make a layout for the pieces of the headboard on the ground.
- To account for the rounded edges of the 4x4s, use thin scrap wood for spacers.
- Attach the bottom footboard to the posts using 2 ½ screws. It would be more helpful if you get assistance in pushing against the post as you drill into the wood.
- The top post for the footboard should be lined up attached to the post with jig screws.
Building the Canopy Headboard
- Make a layout for all the wood for the headboard.
- Build the wood backward to hide the pocket holes. Use an extra 2 x 4s to lift the wood to an adequate height and then drill them in.
- Draw a 6-inch line from the bottom and use a speed square to do so.
- The bottom headboard railing should be attached at this point.
- The headboard cap should sit 40” from the ground and should be installed next.
- Attach another 2 x 4 right below the board.
- Another 26-inch board should be attached from the ground. The pieces are for the attachment of the headboard panel.
- The top headboard railing should be attached to the posts.
- Use 1 ½ screw to attach the headboard panel from the front. However, you may also attach the panel from the back—Double-check for screws that poke through.
Installation of Side Rails
- Mark the 4 x 4s around 6” up from the ground using the square.
- Under the 6” inch mark, attach the mattress support rail. Remember that this board gets attached from the top and is horizontal. Its purpose is to support the mattress by holding the bed slats.
- Attach the posts on top of the board to the bottom side railings.
- You will again need assistance in attaching the top side rails and holding the top rails in place. It would be best if you flushed this to the top of the post.
Installation of Bed Slats
- At the end of each of the bed slat, carefully pre-drill a hole.
- Attach the bed slats at level intervals using deck screws.
Finishing your Masterpiece
Congratulations! You are about to finish learning how to make a canopy bed frame. Leave the pocket holes exposed so that you can disassemble your bed in the future. You can use wood putty or pocket hole plugs for a more finished look and cover pocket holes. Paint your blank canvas as desired. You may go for black or colors with a matte finish. That is absolutely your choice as the artist.
Now you know how to make a canopy bed frame. Once you have all the supplies and tools that you need, you are already set to create the perfect canopy bed frame. In doing these steps, you need all the extra hands you can get. Building a DIY canopy bed frame is a challenging feat, but a fulfilling one. Once you get to see the wonder of your curtains and drapes hanging from your canopy, all the sweat and hard work will be worth it. Know more about canopy beds.