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How to Make a Bed Crown Coronet

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Bed coronet in Memphis decorator Wayne Shielly's bedroom.

photo © Wayne Shielly

Add old-world elegance to your bedroom with a bed coronet. A bed coronet can make a master bedroom feel more romantic, or make a young girl's room fit for a princess. Sometimes called crown canopies or half-crown canopies, bed coronets hang high above the head of a bed and have fabric panels cascading down from each side. The styles range from simple half-round mounts to ornate, carved styles that actually resemble crowns or tiaras. Though custom versions get pricey, you can get a similar feel with a do-it-yourself bed coronet.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 2 to 4 hours

Here's How:

  1. Cut a 1-inch thick sheet of medium density fiberboard (MDF) into a half-round shape, ideally 1/4 to 1/3 the width of your bed. Cut it with a jigsaw for a smooth curve. Sand the edges smooth with medium-grit sandpaper.

  2. Attach two L-brackets to the underside of the cut MDF, one at each end. Attach them at the straight back, with the unattached L-shape hanging down. You’ll attach those to the wall later.

  3. Calculate the amount of fabric you’ll need by measuring from your desired mounting height to the floor, and then adding another 25 percent to the total. Multiply that measurement by two, since you’ll need that amount of fabric per side. Measure in inches, and then round your total up to the next whole yard.

  4. Staple the outside edge of the first fabric panel to the top of the MDF board, at least an inch over the lip. Make sure the right side of the fabric faces away from the board. Next, staple the inside edge of the fabric panel to the very center of the board’s curve. Find the center of remaining fabric, and staple it between your two first staples. Continue pleating and stapling this way until the entire panel is attached to the first side of the board.

    Repeat with the second fabric panel on the other side of the MDF board.

  5. Hang the coronet above the center of your bed by screwing the hanging portions of the L-brackets to the wall. Hang it at the height you chose earlier.

  6. Mount drapery holdbacks on the wall on either side of your bed, at or just inside the edges of the bed. To determine the placement, have someone hold the coronet panels back at different heights while you stand back from the bed to look. Depending on your bed height and style, holdbacks typically hang at 1/4 to 1/2 of the coronet height.

  7. Gather the coronet panels -- gently, to avoid wrinkling the fabric -- and hook them behind the holdbacks. Pull at the upper portion of the panels, just above the holdbacks, until you like the draping placement.

  8. Fluff and arrange the bottom hem of the fabric panels until they puddle attractively on the floor beside and just behind the bed.

  9. Staple a coordinating fabric directly to the wall just beneath your coronet. Arrange it into folds by hand as you staple. Make sure the coronet panels hide the outer edges of the back wall fabric.

  10. Install an LED puck light on the underside of the coronet board, in the center. Hide the cord behind one of the fabric panels, but make sure you can access it to turn the light on and off as needed.

Tips:

  1. Upholstery and drapery fabric is typically 54 to 56 inches wide. Fabric and hobby store yardage may be narrower, anywhere from 24 to 36 inches wide. Those narrower widths might be fine for coronet panels above twin-sized beds, but may look skimpy above anything larger. Consider using two panels of fabric per coronet side in those cases.

  2. If you plan to use a decorative trim on the inside edge of your coronet panels, attach it before stapling the fabric to the board. Stitching it on by hand with a needle and thread looks the best, but you can use fabric glue if you don't sew.

  3. Instead of cut yardage, you can use vintage textiles for your coronet panels -- a pair of secondhand drapery panels or two vintage chenille bedspreads, for example. Calculate the hanging height of the coronet by subtracting 1/4 to 1/3 from the finished length of your textile in inches.

What You Need

  • MDF, 1-inch
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper, medium-grit
  • 2 L-brackets
  • Metal measuring tape
  • Fabric yardage
  • Sewing machine or fusing tape
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Drill
  • LED puck light
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