When we began the process of designing the window treatments for Lily’s bedroom our plan was to also create curtains for a bed crown or canopy to hang above her bed.
The perfect solution came together with sheer dotted curtains and an unfinished wood crown we custom painted to match Lily’s room.
This is what we were looking for in our bed crown/canopy.
- Literally in the shape of a crown.
- Had to be cute.
- Large enough to not look dinky above a queen bed…
- but able to be safely & securely installed.
- Able to accommodate the bed curtain design I had in my mind.
What we found covered 5 of our 6 requirements. And we were able to modify the crown design to meet all 6!
We found unfinished bed crowns made by Mike Decarlo at Decarlo Woodworks on Etsy. This style is called the Large Pine Crown and measures 33.5″ wide x 15″ high x 9″ deep.
The original design only included two dowel rods for the bed curtain.
I sent Mike a sketch of what I had in mind and asked if he could modify the design to include the third longer dowel along the back section of the crown to accommodate another curtain panel.
He said he could and it turned out great!
The bed crown is mounted using a french cleat system.
The cleat is leveled and mounted to the wall by securely attaching the cleat to the studs with screws.
The back of the crown hooks over the cleat to form a very secure, snug fit.
The “matching” pieces of wood that fit together each have a coordinating 45 degree angle that locks them together to form a secure fit.
We wanted to make sure this was safe to hang above Lily’s bed. Chris, who has installed numerous window treatments for me, did a great job making sure this was secure for Lily.
The sheer bed curtains were made in three sections. Each section had a rod pocket top which was sheared on the dowel rods.
Each dowel is removable to allow us to attach the curtain panels.
The two front panels are 1 width wide each. The back panel is 2 widths wide. The front sheers were then draped over hand painted medallions we installed to each side of the headboard. The medallions match the hardware we used on the window treatment. (See below.)
If you look close at the left edge you can see the side hems. After the curtains were installed and the front panels draped over the medallions, I gathered the back panel close to the front panel just above the tie-back and stitched them together.
The panels are only stitched together at one point just above the medallion. I did this so there wouldn’t be a gap between the front and back panels.
I specifically kept the bed curtains simple due to the numerous details on the window treatment as well as the bedding. They coordinate well without competing with the other elements in the room. Love it!
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