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Get Laken’s Look!: DIY Dorm Bed Canopy Project

updated May 5, 2019
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Yesterday we saw the reveal of Wash U freshman Laken’s spruced up new digs. Today, Laken is showing us how she created the custom bed canopy shown above. If you like the look, you can make one for yourself!

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  • Large 24″ diameter embroidery hoop
  • Two curtain panels (we used one package of IKEA Vivan, for $9.99)
  • Enough trim to run down the lengths of BOTH panels (curtain length X 2)
  • Thread to match the trimming
  • Ribbon or fishing line
  • Command hook or other hardware


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Large Needle


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Tip: Pin perpendicular to the trim and curtain edge. That way you’ll be able to sew right over the pins, without having to remove them as you go.

Do the same thing with the other curtain panel, this time on the RIGHT edge. (You’ll want the tasseled edges to face each other when they are hung.)
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Repeat with your next panel.
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Remove all the hardware from your embroidery hoop, then put the inside hoop aside (you can use that for a future project!).

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Tip: If you slide the tasseled edges on first, the canopy opening will wind up on the opposite side from the hoop closure. That way, when you hang it, you won’t see all the hardware.
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Close the hoop with the hardware.

If you are using ribbon, hand sew three pieces of ribbon, spaced equally around the hoop, to the tops of the curtains. You’ll gather these and use them to hang the canopy. I just wound up threading my needle with fishing line, knotting the end, and sticking it right through the curtain fabric. I joined three pieces of line and knotted it in the middle of the hoop.

Secure your chosen hook or hardware to the ceiling over the bed, and hang the canopy from the ribbon/fishing line.

Enjoy your new fancy-pants bed canopy!

(Images: Dabney Frake)