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Caitlin And Emily Debate About Canopy Beds (And Discover The Secret To Making Them Work With Regular Height Ceilings)

Two weeks ago, I pulled out my tape measure mid-meeting (as one does) and then asked Emily a question: would you do a canopy bed in an apartment with 8′ ceilings? I don’t actually remember her answer – it was a “maybe” or “it depends” or “I love the amount of space I have at the Mountain House and think that would make me feel crushed in” but whatever it was, it was not an unequivocal yes, which was what I NEEDED to feel confident in my decision.

Because guys, I want a canopy bed like Violet wants a chocolate factory and well…tragically, my current bedroom will never look like the one in the Portland House, seeing as I live in a regular apartment with an inconveniently-placed mini-split AC unit and 101″ ceilings (a little over 8′ – photos below) instead of inside an Emily Henderson-designed house in the Pacific Northwest. Now, I wanted to sway Em’s opinion a little bit, so I spent a tiny lifetime scouring the internet, started a post about the secret sauce, and then forced said boss to come write part of it because that’s what good employees do. (I am just kidding, do not leave an empty space in your work and then write “BOSS WRITE” on it. That is only okay in blogging.) To that end, I wanted to toss the keyboard to Em…

From Emily: I didn’t have a working theory about canopies before Caitlin asked me, but upon instinct I felt confident that they needed to be in taller rooms. It’s common sense scale – big beds need big rooms. I remember sleeping in the canopy bed in the Portland project when we were shooting there and it was AWESOME, but if the ceilings had been lower I think that I would have felt a bit claustrophobic. No real way to know as I don’t think I’ve slept in a low ceilinged canopy bed room, but going into the post I felt SURE that I was right. Canopy beds need higher ceilings. So, dear Caitlin, prove your boss wrong why don’t you???!!! (Caitlin note: This is what arguing at EHD is like. What a dream!!!)

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: portland master bedroom reveal

I hear this. NOTED. And at the end of the day, Em was right – canopies aren’t for *every* standard-height bedroom, but they can work in ANY bedroom if given a little thought and love. (CUTE, right?) But when it comes to my bedroom, here’s what I’m actually working with… (These are pictures from the listing and from move-in day so please don’t look at this and be like, “THIS IS A PERSON THAT GIVES OUT DESIGN ADVICE?”)

So, yeah. It’s…fine. Average. But it’s also huge, super long, and pretty thin – 16′ wide by 11′ deep – with its fair share of design agonies. When Emily Bowser came over last week, the first words out of her mouth were, “why do you have the world’s biggest bedroom with the world’s tiniest bed in here?” And guys, SHE’S RIGHT. After 9 years with my full bed and IKEA frame, I’m finally in the process of upgrading to a king bed – just ordered this one after reading a glowing review on this post (your recommendations go a long way with this gal!) – but the room is so big that I feel like it deserves a statement bed frame, too.

8 FOOT CEILINGS BE DARNED, we’re going to find a way to make this work. To quote Leslie Knope: “I have the most valuable currency in America: a blind, stubborn belief that I’m 100% right.” Emily definitely has the design know-how but I have internet access, a Pinterest account, and an obsession with figuring out what makes things work. Let’s dive in, yeah?

Spice Up The Ceiling

“But I don’t want to spice up my ceiling!” – that’s okay! If you’d rather leave it untouched, we still have lots of options and eye candy and design inspiration for you below. But if you are feeling like taking a paintbrush to your fifth wall or getting into a screaming fight with your partner about how to best hang peel & stick on a horizontal surface above your heads, these are for you…

design by martyn lawrence bullard | photo by jaime kowal | via elle decor

WOAH, HELLO. If you weren’t awake already, this hotel room probably did the trick. But if you’re like “oh wow this is uh, maybe like, a little too much for me,” you’re not alone – Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the designer, had this to say: “Nobody is going to want to live in Mata Hari’s bedroom for the rest of their life, but they do want to spend three or four days feeling like they’re living on their own movie set.”And no offense – I know he designed it and knows what he’s talking about – but like, AU CONTRAIRE, MON FRERE. I’ll move in forever right now!!! This room has my maximalist-loving heart’s three favorite things (leopard, lucite, and lacquer) and it’s the space I keep coming back to as I attempt to design my own bedroom. (PS. Check out how minimal the styling is, too. The pillows are so simple and nary a tchotchke in sight??? ::chef’s kiss::)

Back to canopies, though: it can be easy for a tall bed to look kind of weird and wrongly-sized in a room with regular ceilings – I’m saying this as someone who spent the past two weeks looking at thousands of photos (not joking) of rooms with canopy beds – but when you actually do something to your ceiling, it makes the bed feel purposeful and considered and finished. Like, “YES, I did need this big bed in here, how else would you know to CHECK OUT MY COOL CEILING?”

design by kelly wearstler | photo by william abranowicz | via elle decor

Kelly Wearstler agrees, so you know we’re on to something here. IMO, though, the real coup in this room is the scale – every piece in this shot is just the perfect size to fit into this little alcove and the canopy runs parallel with the two ceiling beams – it’s so special and elevated when the furniture can echo the architecture of a space. A regular headboard in this room would feel kind of dinky and sad (especially next to those substantial chests and huge lamps!) while a white ceiling would make it feel flat and unfinished, so it’s kinda nice that every component of the room needs each other 🙂 (Also, just as a fun fact: this is Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment!)

design by jeff schlarb design studio | photo by aubrie pick | via elle decor

Not one, but two wallpapers! OK, I SEE YOU. This one is super interesting for your eye as there’s no moulding to separate the walls from the ceiling. It makes the room seem SO tall, right? The curtains here are key, though – they’re doing a great job of bringing together the warm taupe/tan/gray from the wallpapers and the cool gray/navy/black from the rug and bedding (make a mental note, because we’re going to come back to this whole “light on top and dark on the bottom” thing a little later). Also a huge fan of the cord swagging on the lighting here – the random placement in and out of the bed makes the whole setup feel a little less precious (plus, it’s swagging is one of our favorite trends of 2021, so that’s neat).

design by martyn lawrence bullard | photo by douglas friedman | via architectural digest

If you’re like, “hey, this kind of reminds me of the first room,” YOU’RE RIGHT. I’m just on a huge MLB kick right now, you know? The screens behind the bed are a great alternative to wallpaper and I mean…you know how I feel about lucite. The reflective ceiling is a nice modern alternative to hanging an actual mirror up there – this whole space is a little 70s, a little retro, a little glam, and just so SUMPTUOUS. It’s also in Palm Springs, which kind of explains the excess. It’s kind of cool to design a home to be period- or geographically-appropriate, right?

Ah, yes. Onwards to some paint ideas! I love these photos side-by-side because we’re looking at two VERY different takes on baby blue. On the left, I love how it pops against the antelope-print wallpaper and makes the ceilings seem sky high without feeling too unnatural or overbearing. (I remember once reading a Beata Heuman interview where she said she loved painting ceilings blue because you don’t really notice it and it makes the room feel tall – she’s on to something, guys!!) On the right, though, we see some super-sweet baby blue wallpaper that’s really anchored by the bold, black ceiling. Can you imagine how serene it must be in there at night?

Two tray ceilings, two canopy beds, two different approaches. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. I love the choice to go bold on the left – it adds a lot of depth to that recessed space and makes the ceiling seem even higher! But I’m also a fan of the all-white tray ceiling on the right – my mom’s room has a similar layout and it’s always nice that her canopy bed draws your eye up to notice the architecture 🙂

Paneling: Not Just For Your Walls

design by holly williams | photo by paul costello | via country living

Well…this is just freakin’ lovely, isn’t it? The room kind of reminds me of the Palm Springs house above in that if you jumped out of a dark alley and were like “TELL ME WHERE THIS IS OR I’M GOING TO TAKE YOUR WALLET,” I would be like “well, this is a weirdly specific scheme, but this room is obviously in Nashville.” I’m a huge fan of the semi-gloss painted ceiling, but I’m an even BIGGER fan of the petite size of this bed frame – it’s the perfect way to bring in a canopy bed without it feeling too tall or imposing.

design by charlotte barnes

TWO FULL CANOPIES. IN ONE ROOM. Brilliant. You know this room must have been a total design agony to start – windows close together? Check. Windows of different sizes on every wall? Check. Blank wall space and a place where a bed really makes sense? No, sir! But I love the decision to eschew a low-framed king bed and instead place two canopy beds side by side. Two plain full beds would have felt cramped in this space, but the canopy (plus the shape of the ceiling) makes them feel really intentional. Most importantly, though – this just seems like a FUN place to stay. What else could you ask for from a guest room?

Nothing says “foolproof” like a sturdy black canopy bed under some fresh white wooden paneling (I swear it’s underneath the beams on the left!). This is such a great solution for folks who find themselves drawn to calmer, more neutral bedroom spaces – the ceiling brings in an added layer of texture and the bed is like “HEY DIPPY, LOOK UP HERE, there’s something cool going on!!!” It’s like a flashing arrow pointing to good design chops without an actual flashing arrow (because that would be a no-go in such a restful space, you know?).

Think Beyond Just Paint

design by juan carretero | photo by stephen kent johnson | via house beautiful

I’m normally not a big accent wall kind of gal, but I really like them in front of statement bed. I *thiiink* it’s just because that combo means that wall is the only place my eye is really drawn to (did you notice the left wall was painted instead of papered?). The height on this bed is really interesting, too – it’s below the door frame, which would make it 6’8″ or 6’9″ (a little above 80″ – at least in my house, where I just measured two door frames to verify measurements). The shorter size gives nearly TWO FEET of breathing room above the bed, which looks even bigger when it’s backed by a wallpaper motif.

I love these two for one big reason (and it’s not the chrome beds, shockingly): the embrace of architectural features. I know that design-wise, these rooms are SUPER different from the Wearstler room earlier, but I’m just really taken by the wallpapered beam on the left and the super thick cream-colored crown moulding on the right. I don’t know if I would have clocked either feature at first if not for an enormous shining arrow pointing straight towards them and both say SO much about the room’s inhabitant.

Well aren’t these just straight outta my dreams!!! I’ve pinned both of these SO many times over the past few years and now that they’re side by side, I can see the similarities in color palette, pattern (palm prints and animal prints are basically neutral), and quirk (does that end table next to the chair on the right kind of remind you of the lamp on the left?). But most importantly, I see the similarity in bed size!! Two beds basically kissing the ceiling and I never even thought to notice because I was so excited by everything else going on. (These also make a surprisingly strong case for the accent wall + canopy combo – I never even noticed that the whole room wasn’t covered.)

design by meg braff | photo by nick mele | via the glam pad

I don’t have much to say here other than I LOVE THIS and had to show someone!!! Talk about “if you’re not going all the way, why go at all?” turned up to ELEVEN. This room was designed for a show house in 2019 and I gotta know – could you live here? I think I could if we were in a bright and sunny place, but it would drive me nuts if I weren’t driving distance from the beach. LET ME KNOW – I think this could be a litmus test for something (not sure what yet).

Before we talk about anything else – I pulled the image on the left from the FLOR website. The carpet tile website, you guys! Everyone else needs to step up their site merchandising because this shot BLEW. MY. MIND. Anyway. I’ll always be a sucker for wall moulding as every time I see it, my brain instantly goes “oh, this was a design choice and this person knows what they’re doing.” It’s funny that while the ceilings are white and the rooms are the same color all around, these canopies feel much more intentional when they’re in front of something like moulding – it just seems like the whole space was ~designed~, you know? Imagine each of these sans-moulding – they’d just look a little flatter and less special.

Play With Shape and Scale

It’s fun to see a canopy pushed against a wall! The canopy on this one brings such a nice symmetry that negates the little height difference between the top and bottom and makes it seem more like a daybed. And that photo on the right is such a classic – something about this shade of blue and orange kind of takes you back to the early days of design blogs, right? Like, I think I came up aspiring to be the type of person who lived in that room. (Fun fact: this shot was included in a 2016 book by Christiane Lemieux, who founded The Inside!) I also just love how *finished* these shapes make the beds feel as a whole – I covered up the tops of both beds with my hand and was blown away by the difference that such tiny details can make. Give it a try 🙂

design by max rollitt | via remodelista

Oh me, oh my! I have a feeling that we’ll have some fun chats about this one down in the comments – I’m OBSESSED with this canopy, guys. We’ve taken an über-traditional bedroom and then *right* at the very tippy-top, the whole notion kind of gets turned on its head. How fun are those scallops??? I know we see that shape a lot hanging down in traditional cloth canopy beds, but it’s so fun and special seeing it sitting on top of the bed like a little crown. I wonder if I could DIY something similar with a vintage 4 poster bed?

design by bruce budd | via architectural digest

Well isn’t this just a full combination of all the things we’ve talked about? We’ve got a fun bed frame shape – almost a necessity so those posts don’t bang into the wall – AND we’ve got floor-to-ceiling all-over wallpaper. The classic motifs (hello, florals, hello stripes) and hyper-restricted color palette keep it feeling soft and fresh while those beds add just the right amount of quirk and height. BIG FAN.

Extra tall beds are SO GOOD, folks. Color me surprised – I never would have guessed before hunting down all these rooms! In case I haven’t said it enough, the real key to making a canopy bed work in a regular room is just making it feel deliberate and NOTHING makes it feel more deliberate than a bed that’s inches away from kissing the ceiling. Instead of looking crowded (what I would have anticipated), it actually looks really bespoke and high-end. BRB on the hunt for a 94-98″ bed, see you in a bit!!!

Go Halfsies

design by tara shaw | photo by max kim-bee | via veranda

A quick little digital resting point for my calm bedroom lovers 🙂 I think this is a nice example of how to modernize traditional pieces. It honors the intent (a canopy bed absolutely belongs in a room like this) but adds a little spice (that dual-tone bedframe) in a way that’s updated but still neutral. Also very into how the top portion of the bed seems to match the moulding + ceiling + picture frames on the right. So polished and beautiful 🙂

Obsessed that the bed on the left feels bold and graphic while the one on the right feels light and airy. Same idea, wildly different execution. NEAT!! I was also so busy taking in these multicolored beds that I had no idea how tall either ceiling is, which is cool (and kind of the point of the post). My favorite thing about the photo on the left, though, is that if this had *just* been a big black bed in the middle of this room, you woulda been like “uh, why did they get such a heavy bed?” Instead, though, the canopy lightens the whole look and brings such a nice balance. It’s wild how something so simple can make a difference in perception!

via new york times

Okay, okay, you caught me. THIS IS A TALL ROOM. But I just wanted to say that the half-and-half idea doesn’t just have to apply to the bed frame – you can make it work with some wall treatments, too. There’s something really serene about packing all your furnishings and a ton of classic color and pattern into a defined space and then letting your ceilings breathe – it simultaneously feels timeless AND fresh. (This home is in Italy and it belongs to an art historian, so like…of COURSE he nailed that balance.)

Pick Some Statement Flooring

design by giancarlo valle | photo by stephen kent johnson | via architectural digest

I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but we’ve seen some big statement flooring choices throughout this whole post – wall-to-wall leopard carpet, so many hides, 3 chevron floors, and that gorgeous tile above – but MAN, this silk chartreuse carpet kinda takes the cake for me. The rest of the room is so quiet and lovely (I’m really loving the bed styling, are you??) and that paint texture is just sublime, but that bold color on the floor takes it from “beautiful” to “magazine-worthy.”

This brings us to the end, and our thoughts are this: CANOPIES FOR ALL. It may take a little extra time and consideration in rooms with standard 8′ ceilings but MAN, the design impact:cost ratio is HIGH. I’m finally feeling excited to take on my bedroom and y’all know I’ll be sleeping in something lucite and/or shiny by the end of the year. All the inspo I needed is right here 🙂 Now, what say you??? Would you canopy in any room?

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Portland Master Bedroom Reveal

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Nancy
1 month ago

I really don’t like the aesthetics of canopy beds and don’t understand why the poles if not to have the curtains. In older times the curtains are functional to keep the warmth in winter times. There is no charm or aesthetic value to have them in the middle of the room. Bare poles just ridiculous in my opinion.
Sorry I had to say

kk
1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy

Ha yes agreed, the more I look at the frames without textiles the colder they leave me.. That said I am tempted to do a real canopy bed for my cold bedroom!

Jessica
1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy

I’m with ya. But happy for Caitlin’s irrepressible joy to go with what she likes!

Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy

I agree. I can’t help but think most all of these rooms above would look better with… just a regular bed…? But it’s obviously just a personal preference.

Terra
1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy

One million hundred thousand billion percent. And while I love anything Caitlin writes, this post entirely missed the reason I’d clicked on it in the first place—the WHY of a canopy bed! Is it purely aesthetic? If so, can we get a deep dive on that, please? I’d love to hear it! I don’t think they’ll ever be for me, but I would love to understand! (Particularly by way of a super sweet and thinky Caitlin post!!!)

Diane
1 month ago

Not only would I canopy in any room, I DID canopy in my standard ceilinged bedroom. When my mom’s Shaker style pencil post canopy landed on my doorstep, I was worried that it might visually overwhelm our reasonably sized bedroom. A maximalist I am not. But once we got her set up, she is real sweet. Close to the ceiling, yes, but those clean lines would look fresh and neat in any size room. I think this is a corollary to the dark-paint-works-in-small-rooms rule that may seem counter-intuitive but actually works like a charm. So Caitlyn, I encourage you to indulge your canopy fantasies to the fullest!

Trudy
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane

The architecture of a canopy bed works in any room, imo, including small rooms where it somehow expands them. In rooms with 8′ ceilings, I think the taller the canopy, the better. The short canopies look claustrophobic to me.

May we have a follow-up post that ids the beds and sources, please?

L
1 month ago

I like the Anthropologie-style metal ones so much, but I can’t have a canopy bed because I would want to swing on the frame to pretend I could do the parallel bars and I know none of them are strong enough and they’d break.

Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  L

Bahahaha😅😂🤣

Sally
1 month ago

You’ve probably already seen it and your article covers all aspects but Rita Koenig puts forward a great case for canopy beds in small rooms. Can’t find article where she outlined her thoughts but canopy bed in her Durham County farmhouse is at this link:
https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/house-interiors/a27377475/rita-konig-england-house-tour/
Personally I think it all comes down to the aesthetic you’re after.

Tarynkay
1 month ago

I always longed for a canopy bed as well- but to me, it was all about the curtains, not about the empty frame around bed. I got to experience this when my husband and I lived in a small apartment with regular old 8 foot ceilings in Los Angeles. It was a one bedroom, but we had neighbors move in below us who smoked lots of pot with their windows open every night. This filled our bedroom with pot smoke every night. Then the neighbor we shared the bedroom wall with would come home at 2am and watch pornos very loudly. Because we both hate confrontation, we just moved our bed to the living room. It also got extremely hot in the summers and we had only one weak little window unit AC in the living room. So we decided that the reasonable thing to do was to install curtain rods on the ceiling, surrounding the bed with floor to ceiling curtains. This both made the bed area feel little bit more private and had the very welcome effect of trapping the AC right around the bed. Anyhow, all that to say- I don’t really understand the canopy frame with… Read more »

Ghalia
1 month ago

Reminds me of this guest room post by Sarah from Room For Tuesday:
https://roomfortuesday.com/mini-guest-room-makeover-for-holiday-visitors/
She used a canopy bed in a space that I ever thought could work in this way, and then added a statement ceiling light. It created this contained, cosy sleeping “section”, rather than a claustrophobic feeling (in my opinion!). Your room is much larger, so I’m convinced it would work 🙂

Raquel
1 month ago

I see so many house listings where there is a canopy bed and low ceilings and I really think in 99% of cases it just makes the room look lower/smaller. A lot of these examples are beautiful but I think they also have slightly taller ceilings than many houses.

1 month ago

I appreciate all of your research. My bedroom is in dire need of a refresh, now you’ve got me thinking about canopies. We have a tray ceiling and a “big enough” room. I’ve also been wanting wall moulding *somewhere*!

S
1 month ago

Thank you for this picture heavy post with so much canopy bed inspiration!
I have a champagne metal canopy bed and we just moved from a house with 10’ ceilings to 8.5’ ceilings and I was worried about the scale as well. I’ve been debated painting the ceilings a green and this post completely convinced me that’s the design the room needs!

Caitlin too
1 month ago

I’m a big fan of the bird cage style of canopies. I bought one when I got my first apartment and it brought me much joy for about 10 years. I like the option to have curtains and to swap them out like throw pillows when you are feeling for a new color scheme. With the corner windows in your room, maybe panels on the bed could provide a sense of privacy and coziness? I do find this style really feminine…there’s no way my husband would go for the bird cage bed!

I also really like the blue room by Jeff Schlarb. It’s pretty traditional but isn’t boring at all and just looks so comfortable.

Roberta Davis
1 month ago

I would canopy in any room! And I also LOVE the gray room with chartreuse carpeting! Go for it!!!!!

Amanda
1 month ago

THAT SILK CHARTREUSE CARPET! I NEVER THOUGHT I’D GO GAGA OVER SOMETHING SO RETRO FEELING!

Rusty
1 month ago

I think if your bed had legs and wasn’t low to the floor/tpuching the floor, a canopy bed would look a lot better.
Also, if the ‘weight’ of the frame was lighter, as in smaller metal tubing or wood, it would work much better than a thick frame.

I did not see one actual canopy in any of those pics! (Unless I totally missed something. Curtains don’t count).

Canopy beds came from shared quarters in the olden days. So unless you’re intending on sharing your quarters with your servants, Caitlin, do you really need one? 🤣

I kinda don’t personally ‘get’ the canopy bed without a canopy.
I’d prefer a really high on-legs bed with airy space beneath it for an LA location.

i have always thought that canopy beds would look weird without a high ceiling. CLEARLY i was wrong. there are some really good examples here! i think the key is having an awesomely done room though.
also, that meg braff room! OMG! my eyeballs fell out of my head. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that room. i could live in that forever.

priscilla
1 month ago

My opinion, for what it’s worth:
1. Canopy beds (minus curtains, omg the dust) in a regular-sized room? YES. Forgetting how it looks (I know, I know, it’s a design blog) you have to think about what it is like sleeping in and waking up in this room. A canopy bed is so cozy and snug, like a room within a room, like your bed is truly a sanctuary.
2. Wallpaper on ceilings in a regular sized room: ugh, NO, it brings the ceiling down into your face, smothering you and shouting at you.
3. Blue painted ceilings in a regular-sized room, YES, it’s like you have the wide open sky above you (and you really don’t notice that it’s blue because ceilings always look a different color, even if you paint them the same as the walls.
Go for the canopy!

Kali Benbrooks
1 month ago

Love love love! Great argument Caitlin! I was hoping for the typical EHD shopping list at the bottom of the post with all of your fav canopy beds though! Maybe another post soon??

Liza
1 month ago

I love this! Imo, bedrooms are for BEDS, so why not go big and bold with the bed? It’s the perfect focal point and highlights the purpose of the room. Lately I have been wondering if I’d be crazy to get a four poster for my 8′ ceiling bedroom, and this post helps me feel better about it.

nancy
1 month ago

I am getting a four poster as I am writing this post! I love four posters, they can be historical or modern and I can put it in my tall ceiling guest room OR my master bedroom with the lower ceiling-after looking at your photos I think either will work so thank you for this post!

1 month ago

I love canopy beds. One of my favorites is Chiara de Rege’s Manhattan apartment: https://www.domino.com/content/chiara-de-rege-home-tour/. She really goes all-in with fabric and wallpaper in the same print–imo so cozy and romantic.

Geraldine
1 month ago

In our last house, the bedroom was huge, but the ceilings were only 8.’ The bed worked because it helped fill what otherwise would have been a vast space. To all of you canopy-bed-naysaysers, I say just try it! Who doesn’t love sleeping in a sheltering, cozy bed?

Michelle
1 month ago

I found a beautiful metal canopy bed for my King (purple mattress) on Wayfair for under $800. It is just about 80 inches and with a removable canopy if your style changes, leaving the metal headboard and footboard. It even works if you have an adjustable base but it includes a platform if you don’t. My point is, get what you love, the box will fit through any door and you will build the bed of your dreams.

Vee
1 month ago

I was really excited to see this post because I have 8 foot ceilings but nevertheless bought a vintage four post bed frame anyway. I have been mulling how to paint the room and make the bed frame work in the smaller space. Your post has given me a lot of ideas to think about, thanks!

krkrkrkr
1 month ago

I think a low slung bed with a canopy would work best for a bedroom with low/regular height ceilings, like the coral canopy bed in the Meg Braff designed room above. The proportions are beautiful for the room.

Also, shout out to your canopy passion. This was a wonderfully detailed post.

hickenack
1 month ago

Uhhh, like where are the actual canopies?

Those beds look pointless without drapery.

If your don’t want an Actual Canopy on your “canopy bed”, why not just get a four poster?

Keeley McCarthy
1 month ago

I have a canopy (without curtains) in a small 8 foot ceiling room and I absolutely love it and feel like it actually makes the room feel bigger. The canopy takes up most of the room and elevates the feel of said room and the rest of the 500 square foot apartment because it makes a big statement and almost pushes the limits of what you might think the space has set. I say 100% go for it!

anon
1 month ago

The one thing missing from most of these photos is the actual “canopy”. Where’s the fabric to go onto these frames?

As a little kid I had a canopy bed and after a few years I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. It was so cliche. The fabric came down and the posts etc were still up. Bleh. I was thrilled to get my first big kid full size bed.

How does one do a “canopy” with actual fabric and not just a vertical frame that doesn’t look bad? (I for one was not a fan of the “kids canopy” in the last LA house.)

Amy Elizabeth Jones
1 month ago

My favourite image of a canopy bed is from MS Living. That yellow bed! With those green walls! Swoon.

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Amy Elizabeth Jones
1 month ago

I also really like curtains….it seems romantic….very ‘Out of Africa.’ Although the beds in that movie had mosquito netting, I believe. (image also from MS)

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Lane
1 month ago

If you love this look and feel, go for it. You won’t regret it. Start with a bed, then go from there and look for things that complement it.

Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Lane

Actually, I don’t know if you will or won’t regret it, but it seems it would be a dream coming true for you. I find it to be good thing. The most important thing is that you love it.

Kelly
1 month ago

Oh my goodness this post is amazing! It is so different than what I typically see on other blogs, mood board, possibly some of the progress, reveal (not being critical of others). It also wasn’t just showing us beautiful rooms to prove your point, you discussed the different elements of the room that made it work. Before this post I would have said a canopy bed would look overwhelming in a room with 8ft ceilings but now I have an understanding of how to make it work. Thank you!!! It’s making me think I need to sign up for the pay content. Again this was great Thank you!

Tilly
1 month ago

I have a lucite and brass canopy bed that is wholeheartedly me in bed form. I wasn’t looking for a canopy bed but I saw it online and that was me done. The search was over. We are blissfully happy together under 8.5 foot ceilings.

priscilla
1 month ago
Reply to  Tilly

do you have a link for said you-as-a-bed lucite and brass canopy, please?

Lindsay
1 month ago

Ok, I do subscribe to the concept that something that dominant and functional looking in the room (aka a canopy frame) should have a purpose, like holding a canopy. For that reason, I adored the picture with the curtains! The frame seemed right. Otherwise the empty frames in the other pictures seemed to be searching for a reason to be there, and all I could think of was some very inventive, um,…couples yoga?… Come to think of it, maybe we need a canopy bed!

Beth
1 month ago

Caitlin, best post ever. Loved It.

Angela
1 month ago

Where are the curtains and the actual canopy? We just stayed at a hotel with canopy beds and it was beautiful and so cozy with the fabric above the bed.

Sheila
1 month ago

I’m another one who thinks the naked frames look kinda cage-like. But as someone who pined away for this Joe Manus for Shiner rocking bed for ages – long enough that it’s no longer available – I really can’t do anything but encourage Caitlin to follow her dreams!

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Deepa
1 month ago

I’m team canopy bed all the way — even without any curtains hanging off the poles. I love the cozy room-within-a-room feeling that canopy beds can impart. What trips me up, though, is ceiling light fixture placement. Our ceiling light fixture is in the middle of our room, which means, given where our bed is placed, that top bar on a canopy bed that usually runs parallel to the footboard connecting the two poles at the foot of the bed would be right under our light fixture. Which just looks awkward, unless you have really high ceilings. The only way I can see it working is with a canopy bed that isn’t the standard rectangular shape, like the in Country Living photo above with the paneled ceilings.

priscilla
1 month ago
Reply to  Deepa

swag it!

Kathy
1 month ago

I’m so 100% in on the canopy bed (and that’s draped, canopied, or stark raving naked of any fabric) that I am SHOCKED to see that so many aren’t!! All I can say is, have one nights sleep in any of those gorgeous rooms and you might be a convert. They make your bed feel special, like your own little island. And Lordy do I disagree that any of the rooms pictured would look better without the canopy. You must have seen Mariette Himes Gomez’s canopy in her daughter’s room from way back when ? Barely fit the space but ohhh did it just sing. Canopy or bust, I say!!!

MKP
1 month ago

I’m not a huge fan of canopy beds, personally – maybe because I lean more minimalist. But I absolutely say GO FOR IT! It will make you so happy, and why not be super happy and excited? I will say that I once bought a lamp that I thought was way too big for my living room, but I just loved the color and lines of it and it was cheap so a low risk (I still have it and still LOVE it 15 years later and my husband/kids definitely know to never harm that lamp!). Then a decorator friend of mine said it worked great because tiny furniture makes small rooms look smaller. The size of the lamp sort of elevated my small living room in a good way. I think a canopy bed will work for you in the same way. It will make your room sing and not overcrowd it either. And even if it does look a little large for the ceiling height, who the hell cares if it makes you this excited?

Elizabeth
1 month ago

You don’t need high ceilings for a canopy bed! Had a beautiful, modern canopy bed in a room with standard ceiling height, and it gave the room the height it didn’t have before! Sort of like how sometimes a room seems smaller with no furniture—to ceiling seems lower with nothing to lift the eye. Do it! You will be happy.

Shar
1 month ago

I had a (white metal) simple modern canopy bed in my regular 8’ ceiling apartment in Portland and it *worked*

Emily
1 month ago

This post speaks to my canopy-loving soul. I remember being thoroughly impressed with Scrooge’s bed in Muppet Christmas Carol ca. 1992 and I’ve been lusting for canopy beds ever since.

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