How to Build a PVC Canopy Frame for a Full-Sized Bed

The sheer gauze fabric over a canopy bed provides a whimsical feel to any bedroom.
PVC is a durable material to use to build a canopy frame.PVC is a durable material to use to build a canopy frame.
Whether you’re making a canopy for your little princess or the flowing fabric around the bed simply appeals to you, PVC pipe is just the material to use. You can build a PVC canopy frame for a full-sized bed over the course of an afternoon. All you need is a hacksaw and a few ties to secure the pipes.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of your bed. A standard full-sized bed measures 75-by-54 inches.

Step 2

Cut two of the PVC pipes into four 27-inch pieces and four 12-inch pieces with the hacksaw. Place the pipe in a miter box to help you make a smooth, straight cut.

Step 3

Stand the four 75-inch PVC pipes vertically against the full-sized frame posts. Secure the pipes with the plastic cable ties. Use two ties per post.

Step 4

Place a three-way PVC corner connector on the top end of the four vertical PVC pipes. Insert the end of each of the 12-inch PVC pieces into the connectors.

Step 5

Place a two-way PVC connector on the ends of each of the 12-inch pieces. Insert a 27-inch piece of pipe into the connector and attach the three-way T-connector to the other ends. Insert the other two 27-inch pieces into the other side of the T-connectors and connect them to the two-way connectors attached to the smaller 12-inch pieces of PVC. This completes the sides of the rectangle, with slightly arched pieces at the corners.

Step 6

Cut the remaining PVC pipe into three 54-inch pieces. Save the leftover pieces for future projects or discard.

Step 7

Insert two of the pipes into the ends of the three-way connectors that you previously inserted into the tops of the vertical pipes connected to the bedposts to create the ends of the rectangle. Insert the third 54-inch piece of pipe into the T-connectors in the middle of each side to support the canopy sides.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • 3/4-inch PVC pipe, 120 inches long, 8 pieces
  • 24-inch-long plastic cable ties
  • Three-way PVC corner connectors, 4
  • Two-way PVC connectors, 4
  • Three-way PVC T-connectors, 2
  • Stepladder

Tips

  • Secure sheer fabric to the top corners of the canopy posts and wrap the fabric down and around the posts. Tie ribbons around the fabric-covered posts for extra whimsy. Cover the top of the pipe canopy with fabric to create a hood for the canopy.
  • The standard length for PVC pipe you can find in home improvement stores is 10 feet.

About the Author

After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.