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My fiancé and I are trying to tent our bedroom ceiling. We bought enough fabric from the fashion district downtown and got set up and ready to do it... and nothing was working or looking right.

As of now we have fabric lining the outside of our ceiling hanging down that is long enough to reach the center of the room.

The look is kind of a fancy Moroccan look we are going for. Not TOO drapey but not so tight that there are no creases.

Looking for a mixture of these two looks:

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Can you post a link to a picture showing the kind of look you're trying to achieve? – Niall C. Feb 11 '11 at 22:06
A mixture between THIS-1 and THIS-2 – needsurf Feb 12 '11 at 5:04
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the effect can be achieved by getting something like a hula hoop (cut it open) or a piece of small gauge metal rod bent in to a circle. then sew a pocket along the edge of the fabric, like a pair of pants or hood with a draw string. thread the rod or hula hoop through, then do something to close the loop. with the hula hoop, i would recommend a dowel that fits snugly and a screw. for the rod, i recommend a small piece of tubing with hose clamps. affix the ring to the ceiling in the middle of the room.

temporarily affix planks of wood (something like 1x2 pine or thinner) to the walls all around the room, against the ceiling. stretch the fabric to the walls, and use a second piece of wood to sandwich the fabric, clamping it between the pieces of wood. when you have the look you like, screw the pieces of wood together. don't trim the excess yet!

remove the wood/fabric/wood sandwich from the walls, turn the wood 270 degrees, and affix it to the ceiling. to be able to do this, you can strategically cut holes in the fabric that will be invisible when you're done because of the natural creases you have created. through these holes you can screw the sandwich to the ceiling.

once you've decided that you like the look/positioning/whatever, you can cut off the excess.

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