Looking for one of the easiest ways to transform your bedroom almost immediately? Even better, without having to spend much at all? Accessorize your “regular bed” and turn it into a bed canopy with lights!
A canopy bed instantly changes the decor and overall ambiance of your bedroom. Take your bedroom from “ho-hum” to something with a bit more romance and whimsy. As a DIY project, you can enjoy adding bohemian flair without breaking the bank. Even better, the design is completely up to you! Forget out of the box decor, customize your canopy exactly how you like it.
Best of all, you will be able to tinker with the lighting in your bedroom without having to call in professional electricians. This project is easily completed in a day and will have you drifting off to sleep under beautiful LED “stars.”
Anyone that has dabbled in the world of interior design understands that lighting is a big piece of the puzzle. This element has a large impact on ANY space and can make or break the vibe. With some modern LEDs, a weekend of free time, a couple of household tools, and the tips and tricks we include below, you will be able to put together a killer bed canopy with some lights that your form log with straightaway.
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Measuring Your Space & Planning Design
The first thing you need to do straightaway is decide what type of project you'd like to do.
A simple and almost effortless DIY canopy project can involve little more than a trip to the store and an hour of work. One of the tried and true methods is to create a rigging system to hang a hula hoop from the ceiling. Then draping that hoop with a sheer sheet or tulle and strings of LED lights can be done in about an hour or two.
At the other end of the spectrum, you could take detailed measurements of your bed and fully customize it. You could craft posts that rise up from each corner of your bed – stringing together a canopy that you sew yourself from fabric you get from a local shop.
Not only will you have to figure out what you want the finished look to be when you are done with your canopy bed, you'll need to decide how much time you want to dedicate. You'll also need a good idea of your design and crafting skills.
After all, you aren’t going to want to make this your first serious woodworking project if you’ve never handled power tools in the past.
As soon as you really hammer out the scope and scale of your lighted canopy project you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Find Inspiration for Your Own Bed Canopy with Lights
You won’t have any trouble at all finding inspiration for lighted canopy beds on the internet today, that’s for sure.
A quick Google search of “lighted canopy beds” returns more than 5.15 million results inside of 0.52 seconds. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found!
What you will want to do is look at a couple of images to get a feel for the aesthetic you are after. Maybe you’re looking for something inspired by Disney. Or maybe you’re looking for something minimalistic. Perhaps you’re looking for with a retro and vintage vibe.
All of the aesthetic choices you decide to move forward with are going to influence the overall design. It might help you to get a rough idea down on pen and paper. You don’t have to be a world-class artist, but you want to have a basic idea what the finished product should look like before you jump in.
Get Your Hands on Materials
There is absolutely ZERO limitation whatsoever on the kinds of materials you can choose from when building your new canopy.
Even the big-box home improvement stores have a wide variety of wooden construction materials. You can find dozens of different wood species, ranging from curtain hanging materials to traditional wood options that you want to carefully pick through to find the right pieces for your project. Curtain rods can be an easy, affordable way to create a canopy. Most can be attached without damaging your walls, which is perfect for renters.
If you go with wooden fixtures, you'll have a wide variety of stain colors to choose from. You can also go with paint, epoxy, and other finishing choices to get the look you are after.
You also have all kinds of choices for the canopy material itself.
Some people might choose to use lightweight material from a local hobby shop. You can purchase extra-large sheets that can be modified into a canopy with a fun design. Another great option is to go with airy fabrics, such as:
You can keep costs down by going with polyester organza and sheer polyester fabrics.
The design you have in your mind is going to heavily influence the fabric for your canopy. You’ll want to decide if you want these lights to shine through the material, sit underneath or on top of the material, or simply act as “accent lights” dotted around your project.
Best Bulbs for a Bed Canopy with Lights
Regardless of how you choose to light your new canopy there shouldn’t be a difficulty picking the lighting technology you’ll move forward with.
LED lights are the ONLY way to go with this kind of project.
Not only are LED lights easy to work with, but they also draw very little power, produce very little heat, and come in a wide variety of colors and shades. You can tinker with colors to dial in the final look you are after without much difficulty.
LED lights are the only ones you want to get close to fabric in any high concentration. Any other type of lighting might inadvertently heat up your canopy and cause some serious safety issues – the last thing you want to have happen while you are sleep. So stay safe and go with LED.
Another major benefit of LED lights is that they can be easily wired up or run off of batteries without having to have years and years of experience as an electrician under your belt. You can easily stow the battery back behind your headboard or canopy structure. They are lightweight and easy to conceal. If one is slightly visible, simply drape additional fabric over the battery packs. Either hang the lights straight down to the ground, as pictured above, or wind the light strand around the draped fabric. It's totally up to you!
Look to Re-purpose Materials Whenever Possible
If you're looking to DIY on a budget, you’ll want to look to re-purpose different materials that may have nothing to do with interior design or decor to complete your DIY related canopy. Look around the house for items that could use a little extra love. Sheets you haven't used in ages? Old curtain rods just gathering dust? Light strands going unused? Go shopping in your closets, you may be surprised with what you find!
The odds are pretty good that there are some “off-the-wall” material choices you can make that streamline this construction process significantly. Anything that can shortcut you having to build things from scratch while still getting the same results – or better results – won’t just speed up the process, but will help you get a more finished look along the way as well.
Your creativity and imagination is going to play a big role in this process. Re-purposing these kinds of elements is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to getting a professional look with a very much DIY approach.
Keep Your Bed Canopy with Lights Simple
At the end of the day, it’s important that you remember to keep the canopy project as simple and straightforward. Follow your canopy dreams, but don't drive yourself crazy getting there! Here at Just DIY, we believe doing things yourself should be fun, thrifty, and simple.
Even the most elaborate of lighted canopy beds you can find on the market today direct from interior designers and furniture manufacturers should be straightforward. You basically need a simple structure, fabric to hang from the structure, and lights to hang with the fabric. Just three easy steps standing in between you and your own wonderful bed canopy with lights.
It’s easy to take on a DIY project like this and want to throw the kitchen sink at things. This is especially true if you have a real creative streak and a high-speed imagination that wants to tinker and toy with all the ideas you have rolling around inside your head.
Put these ideas down on paper, sketch them out for sure, but really think about how you would “prototype them” in the real world before you decide that each and every design element you come up with NEEDS to make it to your final product.
Pair things down to its most essential elements and you’ll be blown away and how even the most straightforward and simplified canopy bed with some beautiful lights and change absolutely everything about your bedroom.
Sometimes you don’t have to go big just feel like you are right at home! Adding a simple bed canopy (with lights, of course!) can add instant magic and relaxation.