DIY Seagrass Woven Canopy Bed

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How to Wrap Furniture and Achieve a Woven Seagrass Look for Less!

I have wanted a woven canopy bed in our master bedroom for the longest time and I finally found the perfect bed on clearance. I love the look of seagrass and grasscloth furniture, so I decided to step it up a notch with our new canopy bed. I saw this bed from Kathy Kuo and decided to get the look for less. It only retails for $8000, which is way out of my budget! How did I do it? I’m going to share that with you next!

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This Kathy Kuo seagrass wrapped canopy bed served as inspiration for my DIY wrapped canopy bed project!
KATHY KUO SEAGRASS BED

Materials Used for Wrapped Canopy Bed Project

This spool of natural polished hemp string is exactly what you need to achieve a seagrass style wrapped canopy bed!

How to Create a Seagrass-Style Wrapped Canopy Bed

I wish I could include some mind blowing instructions here but it was quite simple. Pack your patience. Wrap the bed. Secure it. Protect it. Boom and done. If you’re using a thrifted bed, there is a good chance that you will need to adapt these instructions.

Wrapping hemp string around the bedframe boards of my canopy bed frame.
  1. Start at one end on the backside of the furniture, secure the hemp cording with a staple. Then wrap over the staple. You can also use glue to secure, but I opted out of adhesives to avoid damage to the bed, in case I change my mind at a later date. I also tied the cording on the backside of the headboard.
  2. Starting at one edge, wrap cord around the furniture in a circular motion, pulling tight with each pass. Confirm no overlapping pieces.
  3. Spray with protective material. I have not completed this step, I’m waiting until I tape off the room for paint and I will do it then. I will update the process we use.
A close up image of wrapped hemp string around the baseboard of my canopy bed. The image shows a knot tied in the string, securing two ends of string together.
A close up look at hemp string stapled into the back of the canopy bed boards. Using a staple gun helps to secure the string to the canopy bed.

A Few Extra Tips for Wrapping a Canopy Bed

  • Pieces with straight edges will be easier to wrap.
  • If you’re putting the bed or piece of furniture together after wrapping it, make sure you mark where your hardware will go. After wrapping, it is hard to locate those spots.
  • If you’re wrapping a canopy bed, leave an inch or two on each end so the bed can be connected. Then go back and touch up.
  • I selected hemp cording over traditional jute rope. It is wound tightly without a lot of shedding.
  • The hemp cording does have a smell at first, but it fades with time.
  • I left the top canopy corners bare for now. Wrapping them at a diagonal looked sloppy. If anything, I will glue strands of cording on the corners or wrap small square templates and glue those the corners.
A full look at the finished wrapped canopy bed! We wrapped the entire frame of this canopy bed with hemp cord to give it a seagrass wrapped effect.
Amy poses next to the wrapped canopy bed, holding a staple gun - one of the most important tools in this wrapped canopy bed project!
This wrapped canopy bed is in our master bedroom. It's a king size canopy bed, dressed with white linens. There is a white nightstand decorated with a white lamp and come coffee table books.

Print out the instructions for this wrapped canopy bed project using the craft card below!

DIY Wrapped Canopy Bed Tutorial

DIY Wrapped Canopy Bed Tutorial

Love the seagrass-wrapped effect on furniture? Achieve your own coastal-style bed with this DIY wrapped canopy bed tutorial! In just a few easy steps, you can have your own tropical centerpiece in your bedroom.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours

Tools

Instructions

  1. Start at one end on the backside of the furniture, secure the hemp cording with a staple. Then wrap over the staple. You can also use glue to secure, but I opted out of adhesives to avoid damage to the bed, in case I change my mind at a later date. I also tied the cording on the backside of the headboard.
  2. Starting at one edge, wrap cord around the furniture in a circular motion, pulling tight with each pass. Confirm no overlapping pieces.
  3. Spray with protective material.

This process can be used on almost anything you want to give a natural woven look. Beware though, if you have cats, I would skip this project. What’s next for this room? Millwork, removing the fan, and using a paint sprayer for the first time! That’s a wrap, time to get busy and finish our Master Bedroom Makeover

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