A decorative bed overhead, also called a “wall teester,” adds an elegant touch to a nursery crib, daybed or conventional bed. While store-bought bed shingles can be quite pricey, making one yourself by a decorative shelf is less expensive. Look for ornate, semicircular shelves or a rectangular shelf with ornate detailing underneath. The shelf has to have a hollow pocket supporting the ornamental embellishment so you have a place to attach the cloth canopy.
Hold up the shelf to the wall and then mark the spot for each hanging screw with a pencil. Check your marks with a level to guarantee the shelf will hang straight.
Put in the drywall screw anchors. Insert the screws, letting them stick out far enough to hang the shelf on.
Fold the queen-size sheet in half lengthwise. Cut the sheet in half along the fold. Fold a 1-inch seam together each cut side of this two panels, and pin in place. Press the folded seam open and remove the pins.
Together with the pressed seam open, add the 3/4-inch hem tape into the crease. Fold the cloth back over the surface and press again to seal the hem.
Fold the cloth near the top of each panel, going back and forth between each fold to create accordion-style pleats. Use the iron to press the cloth after each fold.
Put a small piece of 1/2-inch hem tape measuring 2 inches long inside each pleat at the top of each cloth panel. Press with the iron to strengthen each pleat.
Cut the self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape into many little 2-inch patches. Adhere one aspect of the tape patches to the interior hollow region of the shelf. Adhere another side of this tape patches to the top of each cloth panel. Reinforce the patches with fabric glue if desired. Attach the fabric panels to the underside of the shelf, one on each side. Drape the cloth panels over each side of the headboard or bedposts.