Wouldn’t you love to create a beautiful thrifty DIY farmhouse canopy bed ? Join us as we build statement piece for our master bedroom.
Oh, canopy beds. My love for canopy beds goes back as far as I can remember. On our wedding night we stayed at a hotel with the most beautiful wood carved canopy bed I’ve ever seen. I told my husband that I would love to have one someday. He has built many thing in our time together, I’m not sure that particular bed was exactly my style. I do believe he could make a simple canopy bed.
We have been in this home for a few years now and there has been many updates. Our master bedroom wasn’t one of them. Therefor, it was time to tackle it! This farmhouse inspired canopy bed is what I’ve envisioned for this pace.
Most importantly, I had somewhat of a vision for this room and it was time to get to work!
Alright let’s start DIYing.
Tools You Will Need To Build This Canopy Bed:
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- Cordless Drill
- Chop Saw
- Electric Sander
- Safety Equipment (glasses, ear plugs, mask and gloves)
- Measuring Tape
Materials You Will Need For This Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed :
- 4 – 4 x 4 posts 7 ft tall
- 2 – 2 x 6 side rails 6 ft by 8″ long
- 6 – 2 x 6 head board 5 ft long
- 1 – 2 x 6 top cap of headboard 5 ft long
- 3 – 2 x 6 foot board 5 ft long
- 2 – 4 x 4 posts 6 ft by 8″long for side of canopy
- 1 – 4 x 4 post 5 ft long for head board of canopy
- 1 – 4 x 4 posts 5 ft long for foot board of canopy
- 8 – 2 x 4 box spring 13 ft 11″
- 2 – 2 x 2 braces 5 ft long
- 4 – L Brackets
- 2 1/2 “ wood screws
- 1 quart of Saman Stain in Brazilian Cherry
How To Build A Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed
Step 1 :
Start by cutting your posts 7 feet long.
Step 2 :
Cut side rails 6 ft and 8in, attach them between the two side posts. Side rails are 21.5 ” from the bottom of post up.
Create The Headboard For Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed :
- cut 6 boards – 2 x 6 5 ft long.
- Connect each board to edge the bed
- Angel the right side up, to the one on top of another.
- Screw head board into each of the post.
- Cut 1 – 2 x 6 5ft long, and attach flat part to top of head board.
Step 4 :
Cut 3 – 2 x 6 5 ft long. Attach together edge side up. Screw footboard to posts 26.5 ” high from bottom of posts.
Step 5 :
- Cut 2 – 4 x 4 posts 6ft x 8 in at each end to connect the canopy at the top.
- Cut 2 – 4 x 4 posts 5 ft long and screw it to the top of each side above to create top of canopy.
Step 6 :
- Cut 2 – 2 x 2 6ft 8 in long and attach it evenly with bottom of side rails.
Step 7 :
- Cut 6 – 2 x 4 5 ft 3 in” place them 4 in apart and screw them into braces.
- Cut 1- 2 x 6 5 ft 3 in” then, screw the last piece wood to head of bed.
- Attach it on the top of the braces.
- This will create a box spring.
Prep For Staining The Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed:
- To properly prep bare wood, first sand with 120 grit sandpaper to open the grains of the wood.
- Wipe the dust away
- sand with 120 grit sandpaper
- Next wipe all surfaces with damp cloth to wipe away dust and other residue
Applying Stain To The Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed
Therefor, apply the wood stain is pretty straight forward. I use a simple chip brush for flat surfaces.
The key to getting the stain on the wood is not to have any drips, splatters, and spots that will appear darker.
Another key point is, not to keep wiping off the access of the wood stain. Most importantly, watch how much you are wiping off.
Fight the urge to keep wiping, definitely you do not want the stain to pull as it gets tacky.
Honestly, I would let stain dry over night to be on the safe side.
Then next day, you can apply another coat if you see if need be.
At this point, you would apply a top coat but the particular stain I used is a water based stain and is a one step process
Saman is a water based wood stain and is ready to use, only needs single application. This product also, does not require any conditioner, and provides a higher-than-average coverage.
Honestly, I’m so in love with my new Thrifty DIY Farmhouse Canopy Bed my husband built. Above all, he did an outstaying job! Beds are the simplest way to completely change the look of a room. All things considered, I’m thinking of adding some string lights, possibly hanging fabric or sheer panels on the canopy but now looking at it in this space I think I prefer to leave it open. The doily chandelier light fixture was also a fun project.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to build this thrifty DIY farmhouse canopy bed. Follow along as we create more fun thrifty DIY projects. In the comments below, tell me how close my husband came to my inspirational photo.