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How to upholster a four poster bed

The beds commonly known as canopy beds, were prominent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially in the royal courts of Europe. They feature high quality fabrics and heavy wrapping the bed on all four sides. Although many of the beds have not survived, many furniture companies make reproductions. You can also re-create the lush and opulent look in your own room with a simple upholstery project. There are several methods for creating a canopy bed, but to truly mimic a traditional canopy will have to build a structure on the roof.


Measure the length and width of your bed. Adds 3 inches (7.5 cm) on each measure. Cut the plywood into a rectangle equal to those measures.

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Stand on a ladder to measure the length from the ceiling to the floor. Add 5 inches (12.5 cm) to this length . Unroll the fabric upholstery to flat work surface. Cut two fabric panels. The long sides should be at equal distance from the ceiling to the floor, plus 5 inches (12.5 cm). The shorter sides must be equal to the length of the bed. Cut two more panels of fabric. The long sides should have the same length which precut panels. The shorter sides must be equal to the width of the bed. Place the panels aside.


Spray the front of the wooden board with spray adhesive. Roll the filling over the work surface. Place the gasket adhesive side down, on the center. Wrap on the back of the plywood plate. Strip and secure it by stapling around the edges of the plywood

Place upholstered square face down on the work surface. Place the board to fill down on the fabric. Cut a piece of fabric that is three inches (7.5 cm) larger than your wooden frame on all sides. Wrap the fabric carefully to the part back plate and secured with staples around the perimeter.

Use a stud finder to locate the ceiling right above the bed. Mark these points with a pencil. Add upholstered structure cabin ceiling. Pin the piece directly to studs with drywall nails and a nail gun.

Cut small circles of fabric. Place a small dot of glue for fabric in the back of it. Press these circles of fabric on the visible heads in your canopy structure.

Place one of your cut fabric panels with cut down on the working surface. Rotating the panel, so that the shorter edges are at the top and bottom. Fold the top edge of 2 inches (5 cm). Hold in place with pins.

Use the floor to ceiling measurement as a guide, determine if you want the fabric panels reach the ground, creating a dramatic look, or just rub the surface. If you want to allow reaching the ground, fold the bottom edge half inch (1.25 cm) and place a pin in place. To allow the panel just touching the surface, fold the fabric up to two and a half inches (6.25 cm) and placed pins in place.

Fold the right side of the back panel of fabric an inch (1.25 cm). Hold it with pins. Do the same on the left.

Repeat steps 7-10 with the other curtain panels.

Thread the sewing machine with thread or nylon upholstery to match your chosen fabric. Place the machine on straight stitch position. Sew along the edges with pins, while removing them. Repeated in the other panels.

Adjustable rods aligned curtain along an edge of a fabric panel. Screw clamps included instead. Repeat with the other three sides.

The bar passes through the rings created at the top of one of the fabric panels. Hang the rod on the brackets you installed on the roof. Repeated at the other three sides.