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Dreamroom Canopy

Young crafters will always make workrooms of their bedrooms, and of the rest of the house as well, for that matter. With a little imagination and work, you can make a bedroom for your child that strikes the right balance between creativity and chaos; one that lets a child's imagination take wing.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 3 2002


Fabric quantity depends on bed size and whether the canopy will touch the floor. For a twin bed, use four 8-foot-long pieces of 45-inch-wide cotton voile.


  • Cotton voile

  • Sewing machine

  • Needle and thread

  • Velcro strips

  • Staple gun

  • White canvas

  • 20-inch square of 1-inch plywood

  • Hot glue gun

  • Two 8-inch-long two-by-fours

  • Screws

  • Finnish washers

  • White paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Hand drill


  1. Sew long sides of two pieces of fabric together; then repeat with remaining two pieces. Sew 1/2-inch hems on long sides and 1-inch hems on tops and bottoms. Sew the loop side of a Velcro strip along top hem of each panel.

  2. To make platform: Staple white canvas to plywood square. Glue hook side of Velcro to square's edge. Screw two 8-inch-long two-by-fours to the ceiling side by side. Attach plywood to two-by-fours with screws and Finnish washers; paint hardware white. Find midpoint of one Velcroed hem; attach top center of one fabric panel to center of plywood edge that faces the headboard. Then attach ends of hem to the centers of the plywood sides, and smooth against sides to the corners of plywood (1). Pleat canopy on headboard side (2). Repeat for footboard.

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