How to stabilize swing-arm rods for a bed canopy

by Melissa
The problem is: The fabric is heavy, so when I drape it over these arms, it causes the arms to swing inwards (then the fabric slides off). So what I need is a way to stabilize those swing arm rods so they stay put. I hope that makes sense?
You can see the pictures attached. The first two are my swing-arm brackets and the third is what the finished canopy is supposed to look like when finished. Thank u!
2 swing-arm brackets attach to side wall; fabric will drape over for canopy
2 swing-arm brackets attach to side wall; fabric will drape over for canopy
This is what I'm trying to accomplish but rods won't stay still
  11 answers
  • Tammy Mawbey Tammy Mawbey on Sep 13, 2016
    I would bracket to ceiling and use material to hidebbrackets
    • Melissa Melissa on Sep 14, 2016
      Thanks Tammy - but I'm thinking even if brackets were on the ceiling, they would still swing inwards towards each other?
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Sep 13, 2016
    On the picture the arms are closer to the ceiling, so they probably have them stabilized . It is hard to tell how big your rod is, take a trip to hardware store or even someone at Joanne's could help you. Fishing line through a hook might work also.. make them small so they are easily concealed.
  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Sep 13, 2016
    Those brackets aren't meant for heavy fabric. You could tie the open end of the bracket to the ceiling with fishing line, to stop it from swinging.
    • Donna Dame Donna Dame on Sep 14, 2016
      If you cannot use a cup hook to secure the fishing line in the ceiling because you will not be hitting a stud, I would suggest a couple of decorative plant hangers meant to hold up heavy plants in drywall. It is not perfect, but as noted below, the picture you were trying to get the look of has the rods secured to the ceiling AND uses a lightweight material. If you need your current height and heavy material, this will be the easiest and cheapest way to achieve it!
  • William William on Sep 13, 2016
    I would get a long piece of 1/2" or 3/4" piece of PVC pipe. Tie it tightly to the swing arms with cable ties right where they bend at the wall. This would prevent the swing arms from moving. You can also paint the PVC pipe to match the swing arms.
  • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Sep 13, 2016
    Seeing as how one end is not anchored, I can't imagine them being able to up anything heavier than a sheer curtain. Either change fabrics or anchor both ends. I do like the way it looks in the picture.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 13, 2016
    Cut a notch in piece of wood or plastic that would go over the arms and hold them in place. Fishing line wouldn't work because it would not stabalize the arms and would be in way of hanging the material.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 13, 2016
    The third photo doesn't have swing arm brackets. They used two white curtain rods and screwed both ends to the ceiling.
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    • Melissa Melissa on Sep 14, 2016
      Thanks very much - the article itself (which I didn't include) specified to do swing-arm brackets but I can see the logic in having rods with both ends screwed to ceiling. thx!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 14, 2016
    I'm wondering if it would easier and cheaper to use shelf brackets. The other option would be to screw plumbing flanges on the wall in either galvanized , pvc or copper, and screw/glue/solder a straight piece of pipe into the flange, with a cap on the end.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 14, 2016
    It's east to see the rods in the photo are closer to the ceiling compare to the swing rod in photos 1 and 2. Although photo 3 shows white fabric over white rods, if you look closely there is the end of the rod that shows at the end fartherest from the wall....and the rods aren't doing what your swing rods are doing. However, this type of rod generally has silver colored hardware the white rod clips to and I would be tempted to spray paint it white so it's less obvious. But keep in mind this hardware and the rod could be painted any color if your design calls for that, adding another touch that makes it unique.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Sep 15, 2016
    CALAPSE the swing arm to the wall. Place a dollop of hot glue into the swing arm hole that's attached to the wall & before the glue hardens, swing the arm back into position & let the glue harden. This way, it'll stay put. :)
  • Geri Geri on Oct 07, 2016
    I would put something 'rubberized' on the arms, maybe that paint-on/spray-on stuff you can use for waterproofing (the as-seen-on-tv guy that seals a screen at the bottom of his boat) ... if the fabric has something to grip onto, it may not slide as easily ... ??