If you’re looking to add a little drama and romance to your bedroom, consider getting a canopy bed. With their ornate metal or wooden frames and dreamy, curtained beds, canopy beds evoke images of royal chambers and luxury hotels.
I’ve always loved the look of canopy beds, but never thought I could actually have one in my own home. However, you’d be surprised at how many affordable options exist today for these statement beds.
I’ll go over everything you need to know before investing in a canopy bed frame. We’ll talk about the different available styles, what size you need based on your bedroom dimensions, how much you can expect to spend, and where to shop for the best deals.
I’ll also give tips on choosing fabrics for your canopy curtains and offer inspiration for decorating the rest of your bedroom around your new eye-catching centerpiece. A canopy bed can truly transform the look and feel of your space, so read on to learn how to pick out the perfect one to match your personal style!
Types of Canopy Beds
There are three main types of canopy beds: traditional canopy beds, daybeds, and four-poster canopy beds. Half-canopy beds are an alternative to canopy beds.
Traditional canopy beds have a frame that surrounds the entire bed, with fabric draped from the top. Daybeds have a canopy that is only attached at the head and foot of the bed, and four-poster canopy beds have a canopy that is attached to all four posts.
Canopy beds come in many different styles as well. French country canopy beds are popular in French-style farmhouse home bedrooms for example.
Bed Frame Material
Canopy bed frames are typically made from wood, metal, or plastic. If you’re looking for an affordable option, a metal frame may be the best choice. For a more luxurious look, a wooden frame is the way to go.
How big is a canopy bed? Strongly consider the size of the bed. Canopy beds come in all different sizes, from twin to California king. Make sure to measure your bedroom and choose a bed that will fit comfortably inside it.
Canopy Bed Height
What is the standard height of a canopy bed? The typical height of a canopy bed is between 80 to 100 inches (203 to 254 cm). Here are the most common canopy bed heights:
- Low Canopy Beds: Approximately 80 to 84 inches high (203 to 213 cm). A lower profile canopy that still creates an elegant sleeping space without overwhelming a room. Ideal for bedrooms with shorter ceilings.
- Average Canopy Beds: Around 88 to 96 inches high (223 to 244 cm). This is the most common height range for an average-sized canopy bed frame. Allows enough overhead space for bedding and canopy curtains.
- Tall 4-Poster Beds: Can reach up to 100 inches (254 cm). A four-poster bed at this imposing height makes more of a style statement. Best for large master bedrooms with higher ceilings that can accommodate such a substantial presence.
Measure both your bedroom as well as mattress thickness when selecting a canopy bed frame. Make sure to leave enough clearance on all sides for bedding, and a good 24 to 36 inches (61 to 91 cm) overhead between the mattress and canopy for movement in and out of bed.
Canopy Bed Curtains
Canopy bed curtains refer to the fabric draped across the top frame or “canopy” portion of this opulent bed variety. Typically made of lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, or sheer polyester, canopy curtains enclose the bed in soft billows of fabric. This serves both aesthetic and functional aims.
Visually, bed curtains soften the rigid lines of the canopy frame for a more elegant, finished look. And functionally, the canopy’s curtains help filter light and lend more privacy as you sleep or relax in bed.
So, are canopy bed curtains an essential piece? Not necessarily. Some canopy bed frames are sold without them, allowing you to add curtains later if desired. And if your canopy has curtains built-in, you can always remove or replace them with different fabrics to match your room’s evolving style.
Canopy Bed Price
How much do canopy beds cost? Canopy beds range in price, depending on the size, material, and features. You can find canopy beds for as little as $200, or you can spend over $3,000 for a more luxurious option.
When choosing a canopy bed, it’s important to keep your budget in mind. Shop around to find the best deals.
Canopy Bed Weight
What is a good weight for a canopy bed? Canopy beds are heavy. A good weight for a canopy bed is around 50-60 pounds.