Bedroom canopybed

Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Elegant and cheap selfmade canopy bed

Materials: 4 Dignitet, 2 curved Dignitet, 2 Dignitet steel cables, 6 Matilda curtains

Description: Work on the ceiling:
1. Apply one Dignitet on both sides of the head of the bed.
2. Apply one curved Dignitet on both sides of the foot of the bed
3. Apply two Dignitets in the middle of the foot of the bed

Then hang the curtains on the steel cables:
4.Screw one side of one steel cable in the Dignitet on the head of the bed
5. Hang on two curtains over the cable
6. Pass the steel cable through the curved Dignitet on the foot of the bed
7. Hang on one curtain over the cable
8. Cut the steel cable to the right length
9. Screw the end of the steel cable in the Dignitet on the foot of the bed

Do the same for the other side of the bed et voila: an elegant canopy bed of which the curtains can be kept open or closed. You can choose curtains in any colour!

~ Stephanie, Belgium

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to Elegant and cheap selfmade canopy bed

  1. Virginia says:

    The middle pieces are sold separately but are also called dignitet as is the IKEA way. I have them in my bay window which has odd angles. Yes they have a hole in them you simply feed the wire through so you can send it in any direction on the other side. The system is incredibly versatile and moves smoothly. I would, however, recommend the use of grommetted curtains or better yet, purchase the hooks with the clamps on them (they come in packs of 20) and get plain top curtains so you don’t have to take the wire down to wash or change colors. I fear the wire might wear through the tab tops.

  2. margote says:

    I’m a little confused. You say you need 2 dignitet cables, but you have some at the end of the bed that meet in the middle hanging dignitet or are you using the longest cables (500 cm) and feeding it through the dignitet at the foot of the bed corners otherwise wouldn’t you need 2 long cables and two short ones for the foot of the bed? And when you say “curved dignitet, is that what those bottom corner ones are, they have holes right through? thank you in advance

    • brandy says:

      how to find the product on the IKEA site?find it anywhere which is really frustrating because it seem like it’d be a great project except I can’t find it anywhere. please help

  3. Dennis says:

    I can not find the curved dignitet on the ikea website. Is it the same as the dignitet

    • Margote Olson says:

      I’m not sure what she’s talking about Dennis, i have the same problem too. i’m assuming that the foot corner dignitets have holes in them so you can feed the cable through, but i don’t know why they’re called “curved”… doesn’t make sense.

  4. Dennis says:

    I can not find the curved Dignitet on the iKea website. Someone help please!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea.. thanks very much … i will take it for my new bedroom… many thanks

  6. Elizabeth says:

    great job!!! Love this idea :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice hack overall.
    However, I noticed in one of your photos a torchiere lamp directly next to one of the curtain panels. This is a SERIOUS fire hazard!
    I hope for your sake that lamp was just there to enhance the photo’s lighting and is not placed there permanently.

  8. severusslave says:

    Very nice indeed. I particularly like that you’ve chosen to seperate the wire fixtures at the foot of your bed. Looks very classy.

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