Build your own crown molding bed canopy. Give your room its very own crowning glory. Add an enchanting bed crown above a crib, bed or even a desk to add an elegant touch to any room. Do-it-yourself instructions are shown below. It’s amazing what a simple ceiling box, flowing fabric and crown molding can create! Don’t have the time, the tools, the inclination to make your own bed crown?
• A simple ceiling box and flowing canopy add an elegant touch to any bedroom.
• Your local home improvement store has the tools you’ll need to build one.
• Once you’ve determined the dimensions of your ceiling box, you’ll need to locate and mark the location of the joists and assemble a frame for the canopy out of 1×4 pine wood.
• Where there’s no joist, toggle bolts will be needed to secure the box to the ceiling.
• Fabric cut to the desired length is attached to the back and the sides with a heavy-duty stapler.
• Creating pleats as you staple gives it a fuller look.
• Next comes a decorative valance stapled across the bottom edge.
• Mitering the crown molding gives the ceiling box professional corners.
• Edging is used to cover the seams and add a nice finishing touch.
• Staple the fabric or netting to the outside of the boards. If you wish, you can let the fabric drape down in the middle.
• If your bed is against the wall and you’re matching into the existing crown molding, you’ll need to create an inside corner using a coping saw. To do so, miter the adjoining piece at a 45-degree angle. Then, cope along the cut line on the face of the mitered molding, sawing perpendicular to the length of the piece.
• It’s easier to paint or stain the molding before you install it. Once everything is in place, use wood putty to fill the nail holes. When it’s dry, you can touch up the paint and then caulk.
• When putting up crown molding, make sure the nails are secured into the studs. Pre-drilling a hole will keep the wood from splitting and make it easier to start the nail. Once the nails is most of the way in, use a nail set to drive it slightly below the surface.
Full instructions at diynetwork.com