Bunk Bed Upgrade: Add a Canopy & Fabric Panels

Give a basic bunk bed a custom look with do-it-yourself fabric panels and a ready-made fabric awning.

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Add Velcro to Bed Panels

Cut coarse strip of Velcro with scissors to the same size as the soft strips which are attached to the backs of the luan boards. Place each coarse strip directly along the surface of each exterior panel of the bunk bed.

Attach Luan Boards to Bed Panels

Once all Velcro strips are in position, place luan boards up into each panel until the soft and coarse strips of Velcro attach to one another.

Suspend Awning

Depending on the installation method for the chosen style of indoor-outdoor fabric awning, it may require being attached to the ceiling with eye hooks, chain and S-hooks, or fastening up into ceiling joists using heavy-duty anchors, 2” screws and a drill. For styles requiring the drilling method, locate ceiling joists above where bunk bed will sit using stud finder. Use pencil to mark ceiling joists and underside of awning. Add heavy-duty anchors into ceiling using drill. Next, with the help of a friend, hold the awning up into its proper position, then secure to the ceiling with 2” metal screws up through the center of the structure and into the heavy-duty anchors.

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