Take It From Me: Sawdust2Stitches DIY Canopy Bed Tutorial (Guest Post)

July 17, 2013

Sawdust2Stitches DIY Canopy Bed Tutorial (Guest Post)

 Hey Everyone, I’m Corey Decker from Sawdust2 Stitches and I am so excited to be a guest today!
 I’m a stay-at-home Mom of two rambunctious, adorable, toe-head boys, and I love it!  BUT when those cute little balls of energy close their eyes to sleep/nap, I like to open a nice cold Diet Coke, go into the garage, and build something.  Ahhh.  
Now, I understand not very many people share that enthusiasm, but what if at the end of the day you got to crawl in to a bed like this… 
This is another one of my happy places.  In my room, there are no chicken nuggets, no graham cracker crumbs, not even a single goldfish!  It is like a real adult’s room and I LOVE it.  The white and open room is so relaxing, and calming, I imagine this is what a spa might feel like.
 Would you like a sanctuary like this? Well I can help get you started, for less than $20.00!
Shopping List
4 x  ½” PVC Pipe  (8’ long each)  $1.86 x 4 =  $7.44
4 x 90° Elbow PVC                        $0.46 x 4 = $1.84
14 x PVC Conduit Clamp                                   $3.04
Spray paint  (Rustoleoum Oil Rubbed Bronze)     $6.57
                                                                              $18.85 !!

(If you choose to use the same drapes as I did,  you can get them for $4.99 a pair!)
Tools Needed
Saw (You can pretty much use any form i.e. hand, miter, jigsaw, rotary, table)
Drill or if necessary screwdriver
Screws  (anywhere from  ¾-1 ½ “)

Alright, first step is to cut your PVC pipe, like I said you can use any saw,  it is very easy to cut.
Below you will find the different bed sizes and measurements of the 4 lengths you will need.
2@ 76”
2@ 80”
2@ 60”
2@ 80”
2@ 54”
2@ 75”
2@ 39”
2@ 75”

Okay, now take the sand paper, and by hand simply scuff up the PVC pipe as well as the 4 corner pieces and 10 of the clamps .  When sanding you can use a fine grit paper, we just want the spray paint to properly adhere.
Once they are sanded wipe them down and allow them to dry.
 I chose to use Rust-o-leum in Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It’s a little pricey, but I don’t need to prime it and can be used on most surfaces.

 Follow the directions on the can of spray paint for best results.  You will be painting all 4 PVC poles, 4 corner pieces, and 10 of the clamps.
 Once everything is COMPLETEY dry, can put the rectangle together. When installing I would STRONGLY suggest   having someone’s help. 
 Have someone help you hold the large PVC rectangle above your bed and have a pencil handy.  I would suggest marking on the ceiling where the corners will be and then draw a very light line of where the pole runs.
 Doing it this way eliminates needing to measure a million times and go through trial and error. (I would know).

Next step is installing the clamps directly into the ceiling.  If you can put them into studs I would advise it. I planned mine out so that at least one clamp on each side of the rectangle was in a stud.  If that isn’t a possibility, I might suggest using a few “mollies” to better secure it.
Once your clamps are in place disassemble your rectangle, and then thread the PVC pipes through the clamps. 
 At this point that you will want to add your drapes!

   I would suggest using curtain rings, simply because you will not need to worry about the clamps getting in the way.   But you can do it without, you will just need to work around the clamps.
   These are available almost everywhere!
For drapes I chose to use IKEA  Lill SheerDrapes.   They are an awesome deal, you get a PAIR of sheer drapes for $4.99!   I used a total of 4 sets, for a total of $20.00! 
 But the options are limitless, and the look can be customized to your tastes!
All that’s left to do is put the corner piece back in place, and you are done! 
 These drapes gave my room the “Wow Factor” I was going for ! 
 So next time you are feeling the need to relax,  open a cold Diet Coke and  head to the garage.  You will be glad you did!
Corey Decker


  1. That is really pretty! Unfortunately we have a majorly sloped wall/ceiling above our bed, but if we move someday and I have a normal ceiling again I think I might tackle this. It looks like even something I couldn't mess up! Thanks for the post!

  2. This looks amazing---and straight-forward enough that I might do it. I'm even thing of this in different colors for my grand-daughter's room.

  3. Thanks so much for a great tutorial! If I ever get a bigger bedroom I am so doing this!

  4. I have always dreamed of having a canopy bed, but my husband would rather spend the money on something else. I saw this idea on pinterest before, but I could never find a good enough tutorial to try and attempt it myself. Thank you so much for this detailed tutorial! It looks beautiful and now I've decided to tackle this project hopefully in the next few weekends. :)

  5. You didn't multiply the clamps by 14 so the cost of just those would be $42.28

    1. In the picture it shows that the $3.02 price is for a bag of 20. So, I guess it actually costs even less than projected.

    2. I'm not even sure where she got the number 14 from. As far as I can tell, she only used 10.

    3. hey for 2@60 and 2@80 what size does the pipe need to be cut at in feet

  6. I love this idea. Where did you buy drapes

    1. She wrote she got them from IKEA
      Lill SheerDrapes

  7. We did it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    1. That's awesome! We would love to see some photos! Email us @ jaime@takeitfrom-me (dot) com

  8. Hi when taking this down does it ruin the ceiling?

  9. Great idea and great tutorial. We just sold of beloved home and are down sizing to a condo. You have inspired me to give it a try and hopefully it will take our new place from a condo to a home. Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

  10. I am so impressed by your talents. Where do you get your inspiration? You are so detailed it is easy to follow in your footsteps!

  11. Love this idea, I have been trying to find just the right look. Thanks

  12. Thank you for such a detailed shopping list! I hate asking for help finding things! I'll let you know how it turns out.

    1. We would love to know how it turns out! Please email us some photos @ jaime@takeitfrom-me (dot) com

  13. I love this!! Your shopping list stated 14 clamps; however, you only used 10 in the instructions. What are the extra 4 clamps used for? Thanks!

  14. How much larger would you need the pvc to be for a California King

  15. How tall are your ceilings? I have 9' so Im debating on getting 108 in curtains or 98 in!

  16. Where did you find the curtain rings?

  17. She did say 10 of the clamps would be painted/used. She probably just messed up the bag size.

  18. I wanted to know why is there two different sizes for queen

  19. Do I get two poles cut at 60 and two at 80


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