10.20.2009

DIY Headboard

So I am redoing my bedroom, again. I am only going to show a snippet today because it still has quite a ways to go, but the bed is quite a large snippet I believe. I finally convinced my husband to let me make my own headboard. He was afraid it would look cheap, but he still gave me the go ahead.

The Supplies:
2 bags of extra loft batting
staple gun
just over 2 yards of fabric
plywood (thick enough so it would not bend)
2x4 cut into 2 ft legs
drill
screws

(I could have also used thick foam, but that would have added to the cost and I wasn't wanting anything to thick anyway.)

The plywood I had cut at our local supply store into a 76x46 piece. We have a king size bed and with this size it makes the headboard tall and have the ability to go down to our box springs. That way from a side view you wouldn't be able to see the legs.


I then took the batting and laid it out on the board and wrapped it around the back and stapled well. I used two bags of queen size batting to give the headboard some softness.


I repeated the above process with the fabric which was a remnant I found at a local fabric shop. It was only $8 a yard, yeah! The key to this step is to make sure you keep the fabric smooth. Pull taunt and then pull again, but be aware of creating ripples.


The final piece before adding legs. As you can see there are some wrinkles in my fabric. I tried ironing the opposite side, but being velvet it started to change the color so I am now just hoping they will work themselves out over time.


Next I attached the 2 foot legs to the back of the board with screws. These legs are 16" from the ground to the headboard. This gave clearance for outlets that are behind the bed.


My husband then helped me put the headboard behind the bed. We pushed our bed firmly up against the headboard and for us it seems firm enough. We could attach it to the wall at a later date if we feel a wobble, but so far so good.


Simple, quick, and budget friendly. I could not be more happy with the outcome.

35 comments:

bluehydrangea said...

Paula, it looks fabulous!! And so cozy!! Great job!!

Adriana said...

That's a big DIY job Paula, congrats..I'm sure your husband's pleased now!!

ms. less is always more said...

I love this idea! And velvet??? So cozy...

DesBisoux said...

well...it doesn't look cheap at all! it looks great!
yay for DIY gifted girls!
xxx

Ink Obsession Designs said...

Wow!! That looks amazing! You did a great job!

Staley Mc said...

That looks so great!!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Very cozy! Great job!

LobotoME said...

awesome! i'm impressed! J :)

the NEO-traditionalist said...

So stunning and inspiring! I need to try this for our home! Thanks for the detailed explanation---I'll need it : )
XX Kate

Design Esquire said...

Great job! And I bet the velvet feels awesome. I made a headboard for my guest bedroom too, and I love the results. Such an easy project and you can always change the fabric later when you want to mix it up!

Meg said...

Paula that looks so fantastic!!! Job well done! I have been kinda thinking about maybe trying to do one myself also, you make it look so easy!!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Paula- it looks great. Did you take that wallpaper down?!?!?

Mrs. Filly said...

i love it you did a great job :) i just recovered a cushion to a chair and I do not have the patience it looks easy but after a few seconds i just want to staple it and be done...lol obviously going to have to buy my headboard..

Pink to Green said...

Job well done; what a satifsying project! It looks wonderful, Paula!

Susie (So Blessed) said...

This looks great, Paula. I used the same method when I covered one for Abby's room when she moved to Jackson...quite easy and inexpensive...and looks so nice! I've yet to do one for my house, though!

vanessa said...

It looks great!

Rachel said...

GREAT job! Do I see no wallpaper behind the bed?! I really need some help with my bedroom now!

Cassie said...

What a fab job - it looks like a very plush boutique hotel bed in the last photo - very envious! Well done xx

Jennifer said...

great job! and yes, where did the wallpaper go??

Molly Jean said...

i made my own headboard also, & could not recommend it enough!

Apt. #34 said...

Brilliant - love it! And hope you're well and enjoying fall. Cheers, *E

Hanako66 said...

you did a wonderful job!

nkp said...

I might be next. That looks great!

Karen said...

Looks so clean and cozy! Can't wait to see the whole room.

Katie said...

what a great outcome!

jeannie said...

wow, this looks amazing!! great job!!

a pina colada said...

Love it! Would you come do mine? ;) I need/want a new headboard in a desperate way. My problem: it takes me FOREVER to decide on things. Example: it took me 2 years to find new bedding that I liked. I've been trying to decide on a headboard for a year now. Still deciding.... :)

LindsB said...

Such a great project, I love how it came out!

Blair said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am currently sans headboard and dreading making one--but not now:) Thank you paula!

You Are My Fave said...

I've been trying to get the motivation to do something like this for our bed. It makes such a difference. It really turned out great.

belinda said...

great job! it looks like the perfect cosy reading spot! can't wait to see more pics of the space

PS~Erin said...

I woke up this morning just staring at my bedroom thinking of how I could update it on a budget. I thought abt this very idea for a headboard and then here's your little how-to... Thanks for the inspiration (and perfect time)!

abigail said...

I've been wanting a headboard for our guest room and this is the perfect thing!
Must try.

ashley&christy2001 said...

Wow this is a beautiful headboard you never cease to amaze me at the things you can do

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