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Canopy Beds Are Making a Comeback—Here's Everything You Need To Know

Learn why designers are spinning the block on this nostalgic furniture item.

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April 9, 2024 at 6:58 PM PST
Bedroom Canopy Beds

Canopy Beds Are Making a Comeback—Here's Everything You Need To Know

Learn why designers are spinning the block on this nostalgic furniture item.

By
April 9, 2024 at 6:58 PM PST

If you’ve noticed more and more canopy beds popping up on your timeline, you’re not going crazy. According to the 2024 Best of Houzz Awards, canopy beds are one of the 10 biggest design trends this year.

And Ryan Fitzgerald, real estate expert and the owner of Raleigh Realty is here to explain what all the fuss is about. The realty expert is not only sharing what makes these specialized beds so popular but also his tips on how to shop for the perfect one for your home.

To learn more, here are two reasons why canopy beds are making a comeback.

A canopy bed
Photo credit: mark chaves

Canopy beds add aesthetic appeal to your room.

The most obvious reason that canopy beds are making their rounds is because they add a lot of personality to your bedroom. Many people like them because they make a space feel sophisticated, while others prefer their whimsical, romantic touch that the draped fabric provides.

Canopy beds were popular back in the late 16th century, so if you like a bit of vintage charm, they’re the perfect complement to any space.

The best thing about canopy beds is that there are many styles to choose from, from modern and contemporary to soft and dreamy. So no matter if you prefer a luxury aesthetic or a vintage style, you can certainly find a canopy bed to suit what you like best.

Canopy beds demand attention.

If your bedroom could use a quick pick-me-up to make it more visually interesting, a canopy bed is a great solution. Due to their unique design, canopy beds are a natural focal point for any room, so they’re the perfect fixer-upper for a drab bedroom. And because canopy beds take up so much space, they make decorating the rest of your room a whole lot easier.

When arranging your new bed within your space, Fitzgerald recommends going in with a strategy. “Just be strategic about properly balancing the scale. Too imposing of a canopy may dwarf a small room,” he says.

Consider the sizes of your furniture when trying to fit a canopy bed in your bedroom. Measure their dimensions, plus the size of your room, so you have a better idea of where to put each piece. This ensures the layout of your room is balanced for a more aesthetically pleasing space.

A canopy bed in a dark room
Photo credit: Rachel Claire

What To Look For in a Canopy Bed

Now that you know why canopy beds are such a big deal, you might be ready to add one (or even two) to your cart. But before you pick out a canopy bed for your home, there are a few things to consider to ensure you select a quality one.

Consider the ceiling height and footprint of your space.

Before placing your bed in your bedroom, make sure you have enough space for it to fit in comfortably. While canopy beds are large in stature, they shouldn’t take up too much room in your bedroom. A cramped space easily restricts airflow or movement, which can turn your bedroom into a cluttered, stifling mess.

To avoid this, Fitzgerald recommends taking a measurement of the height and footprint of your bedroom so you know whether your bed can fit neatly inside.

Keep it lightweight.

Drapes made from heavy materials like velvet are best avoided since they can make the space look heavy and burdensome. For that airy, whimsical look, Fitzgerald says you should go for lightweight materials like chiffon or voile instead.

Stay true to you.

As previously mentioned, canopy beds come in a wide variety of styles, materials, colors, and sizes, making it especially easy to pick one that resonates with you. The key to picking a proper canopy bed for your space is staying true to your overall aesthetic so that you have a cohesive and complementary space.




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