Every parent wants to provide their baby with a restful and sound sleep. To do this, shops often offer canopies complete with a crib. However, such a purchase is not always successful and may not be in harmony with the interior of the room at all. The canopy can be purchased separately or sewn on your own.
Features and Benefits
The canopy is no longer a new piece of furniture in a children's room. Previously, the canvas was used to protect the child from prying eyes and insects. Poor families used plain cotton, while wealthier families used silk and satin fabrics. Now the living conditions have changed radically, and the canopy has not become so necessary. It rather has a decorative function.
So is a canopy needed? In general, yes. The canvas is made from lightweight fabrics and yet has several advantages:
- Protects the baby from insects and too bright light;
- Helps parents to accustom the child to the regime and thereby discipline;
- Makes the space of the crib more comfortable and protected, which is psychologically necessary for babies.
Basically, the canopy is hung in the form of a tent. The advantages of this model are beauty, convenience and the creation of a cozy atmosphere. The tent is quite simple to make with your own hands. In addition, a children's mobile or volumetric decorative elements in the form of fabric balls, flowers or animals are well placed in the center of the canopy.
Despite the pros, there are those who oppose this design. Some parents believe that the canopy is a so-called "dust collector". Nevertheless, if you take a responsible attitude to the choice of model and material, then it will not cause any inconvenience. In addition, all the dust just settles on the fabric and does not get into the child's lungs.
A canvas even made of thin fabric will protect the baby from drafts.
The unconditional disadvantage of the canopy is that it visually reduces the space of the room. Therefore, this design is not very suitable for small rooms.
Incorrectly selected materials and the length of the canvases will also cause a lot of trouble. And in the room you will always have to maintain order so as not to spoil the look of the interior.
Most of the canopies are made of tulle. This material is lightweight, easy to clean and breathable. However, for protection from sunlight, you should pay attention to cotton, satin and linen materials.
Very good for creating organza curtains. It is perfectly breathable, looks beautiful and is easy to clean. You just need to wash the fabric and immediately hang it in place. Organza is easy to wash, dries quickly and does not require ironing.
Some parents hang double canopies, one of which is light and the other is of a denser material.
Dense canopies are good only for decorative compositions. For example, if the canopy is fixed on the wall and spreads like oxen to the floor, without covering the bed. These options are suitable for large beds and sofas.
Do not give preference to synthetic materials. Despite the variety of models and colors, as they trap air and contribute to the formation of a greenhouse effect. And some babies may have an allergic reaction.
The most popular shade is of course white. It creates the effect of lightness and weightlessness, and also does not irritate the visual perception. In addition, the classic white color is very versatile, therefore it will harmoniously fit into any interior.This shade is in harmony with all colors and it will not be difficult to choose a shade of additional accessories for it.
Still, manufacturers provide a wide range of different shades, including everyone's favorite pink and blue. There are also unusual variegated color combinations.
A canopy made of fabric with a print will add originality to the interior and will be no less interesting for a child than a mobile or ruffles.
How to choose
When choosing a canopy, it is worth giving preference to practicality. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the quality of the material: natural fabric, easy to wash, dries quickly.
Bright prints on canvas are acceptable for children from 5 years old, as they will independently determine the model and color that they like. For newborn babies, it is better to take neutral pastel colors so that the color does not irritate him.
Regardless of the shape of the crib, the purpose of the canopy is important:
- For decorative purposes, tent-shaped awnings, short models and floor-length canvases tied with ribbons will go.
- In order to protect from light and insects, you should pay attention to the models of medium length.
- A “royal” canopy is perfect for a round crib for babies.
- For girls, this model is also popular, especially in pink. After all, all babies dream of becoming fairy princesses.
- And for boys, they choose, respectively, blue colors.
In general, a canopy in the form of a tent will become a beautiful play hut. However, the fasteners must be very reliable, since the child can strongly touch the canvas during the game.
In textile stores there is an opportunity to purchase a set for every taste. There are sets of canopy and sides. And you can purchase such a set additionally with bed linen and even pillows. But it is much more interesting to make a canopy on your own, especially since such a task is within the power of any hostess.
How to do it yourself
The easiest way is to make a hanging canopy. Accordingly, you will have to hang the structure from the ceiling.
Tools and materials:
- Long ruler or measuring tape;
- Drill and screwdriver;
- Ribbon or braid - 4 m;
- Wooden planks 1 m long - 2 pieces;
- Canopy canvas.
First you need to make the markings on the ceiling. The pre-prepared planks must be the same length.
Next, we make the markup where we will install the dowels. They should be parallel to each other and in pairs. The gap between the rows of fasteners should be 50 or 70 cm.If the bed is larger, then the gap is increased to 1 m.
Then, according to the marking, we make holes and install the dowels.
We tie the ribbons to the fasteners so that the braid forms a loop. The length of the loops depends on the height of the ceiling, so you need to act according to the situation. Although on average, the loop will be 40 cm.
The fabric is prepared as follows:
- The material for the canopy is taken equal to the height of the room, multiplied by 2. And additionally, plus 2-3 meters.
- In the center of a piece of fabric we measure a part equal to the distance between the dowels. You can add about 40 cm for beauty to create a sagging effect.
- According to the markings, you need to sew the canvas, creating drawstrings.
- We put the slats into the drawstrings and hang the canopy by the hinges.
- For beauty and safety, we fix the cornices with plugs.
- We distribute the free edges of the canopy along the edges of the bed.
- The canopy is ready.
In the same way, you can make a round frame. Only for this you need a hula hoop hoop.
The canopy on the counters will help to turn the room into royal chambers.
The canopy is located on a wooden frame, which in turn is supported by racks.
What do you need:
- Racks made of wood with a section of 58x58mm. You can find racks with ready-made slots. You will need 4 pieces.
- Wooden beams equal in length to the sides of the bed - 4 pieces.
- Self-tapping screws.
- Wooden tips - 4 pieces.
- Decorative linings for them - 4 pieces.
- Dowels - 4 pieces.
- Canopy fabric - 10 meters.
We connect the beams with glue and fasten with self-tapping screws to assemble the frame. Further, if you wish, you can cover the structure with varnish or stain and dry it.
It is worth installing the frame so that the racks touch the corners of the bed.
With the final touch, we straighten the fabric on the beams and drape it to your liking.
If the bed initially has racks, then you can simply stretch the cords between them. Textiles are stretched onto an improvised frame. The canopy is ready.
How to properly hang over the bed
In the case when the canopy with the bed forms a single structure, the fabric is mounted on a hanging tripod. Fastening can be done in two ways: at the head of the bed or on the side wall.
If the canopy is attached over the head, then the structure will protect the baby from head to middle of the body, and the fabric will not slide out.
First you need to assemble and attach a tripod. It is a metal tube with a loop for a canopy, straight at the bottom and bent at the top. Next, it is worth deciding on the location of the structure. When installing a canopy over the long side of the bed, the canopy will evenly cover the entire space, and if over the short side, the bed will only partially cover.
The height of the tripod mount is also important. It can be adjusted by placing the lower part of the tube on the wall of the crib. For ease of use, the tripod is disassembled into parts.
At the finished canopy, drawstrings are made for threading into a tripod. If there are several of them, then the result is beautiful folds. Next, the structure is put on the holder and tightened with screws on the wall of the crib. In any case, the purchased kits always include an instruction manual and the fasteners themselves. The final touch will be masking the tripod ring with ribbons or lambrequins.
If you do not plan to move the crib, then it will be safer to fix the canopy directly to the ceiling. To do this, you need to make a cornice. A metal strip or wooden stick is attached to the ceiling with self-tapping screws according to preliminary marking. Next, the fabric is hung and tapes or lambrequins can also be attached to the structure.
The canopy frame is easy to install yourself. The simplest is a U-shaped or semicircular barbell. In this case, the fabric is put on the bar, and it, in turn, is attached to the ceiling above the bed.
Another uncomplicated way is a regular embroidery hoop. The canvas is attached to a small circle, clamped with the second and the structure is ready. It can be hung on the wall or on a hook in the ceiling.
The so-called "royal" canopy looks luxurious and elegant. Perhaps the assembly of the structure looks complicated. But putting it on is much easier than it sounds.
A simple profile cornice is suitable for the frame. We attach a cornice or a metal pipe to the ceiling along the perimeter equal to the size of the bed. You must first put the rings for the fabric on the pipe, then you can fix the frame under the ceiling.
You can put metal or wooden supports in the corners of the bed, and connect them from above with pipes or beams. The construction is ready.
The canopy, mounted on a bracket in the wall, looks original. True, this method of fastening is more decorative. But everyone, without exception, can decorate the canvas: from sewn appliques to garlands and ribbons woven into the structure. The result is a beautiful interior element.
When choosing the material for the supports and fasteners, it is worth remembering the safety of the child, since the structure must be durable and processed. Otherwise, the canopy may collapse and the racks may scratch the skin.
How much is
The prices for the canopy depend on the set, the material of the fabric, the type of construction and the method of its fastening.
A separate canopy on average will cost about 1,000 rubles from cotton fabrics. Accordingly, linen, organza or silk will cost a little more. Also, the set may include additional ruffles, lambrequins and even sides on the walls of the bed with a full set of bedding.
In a single version, the structure for attaching the canopy is not expensive. For example, a floor stand will cost only 400 rubles, and a bedside holder - from 300 rubles.
The most budgetary option would, of course, be to buy fabric and construction materials in specialized stores. A self-made canopy will not only meet all the requirements of the owners, but will also become a source of pride.
As they say, how many people - so many opinions.
Having studied the conflicting customer reviews on the forums, the conclusion is obvious - a canopy is a very necessary thing.
Many mothers choose such an accessory long before the baby is born. Preference is given to models that only partially cover the bed, since there is a risk that the baby will be frightened of the limited space.
Nevertheless, users note the positive effect of the canopy on children. They look at the beautiful curtains for a long time and fall asleep better. And then they even play with their improvised castle. Many people remove the canopy by the age of 2 due to its uselessness.
And for those who are especially keen on such a design, the canopy is converted into a play tent.
Contrary to the opinion of the "dust collector", it is advised to wash the fabric at least once every 2 weeks. That's the whole care. And in small rooms, an atmosphere of coziness is created, despite the canopy's ability to visually reduce the space.
Interesting solutions in interior design
As a rule, the canopy should extend to the base of the bed. There are also exceptions.
For example, for newborns, the best option would be a length that covers the walls by 3 quarters. For older children, you can hang the canvas to the floor. The main thing is that the canopy does not create inconvenience.
Stores also offer short models, but their function is nothing more than decorative.
The upper part is often gathered with voluminous folds or flounces, and the fabric itself is sheathed with appliqués, ruffles and lace. The bottom of the structure can also be decorated with ruffles and lace, or you can simply leave free edges without finishing. It's all a matter of taste.
For a harmonious combination of the canopy with the interior of the room, it is enough that some elements of the canopy are combined in color with the pieces of furniture. The easiest way is to trim the bottom of the curtains and the edges of the canopy with the same ruffles or ribbons.
Garlands attached both to the fabrics themselves and separately hanging give the canopy a special beauty. They can always be moved or arranged in the form of an unpretentious figure.
The way of attaching the canopy "sail" will be original and fabulous. The canopy seems to be there, but it hangs only for beauty. But the effect of airiness and mystery is created.
It's amazing how light the curtain over the bed transforms and refreshes the interior of the room. And the crib looks like a small fairy world.