Saturday, March 17, 2012

My DIY Headboard

I mentioned in my tag game that one of my projects I'm most proud of was my headboard and recent sofa reupholster.  We made Bethany's kingsize headboard in an afternoon, so we tried a little bit fancier one for our master bedroom.  We just improvised as we went along, and the whole thing cost less than $60.00, since I had extra fabric left over from upholstering a chair.

These are the steps:
1. cut the shape you want out of plywood. We used 1/4 inch, which is so much lighter in weight ($26.00              
    a sheet)
2. Cover the wood with padding:
    a.  First we covered it with a full size bed 'egg crate'  foam mattress cover from Wal Mart ( $25.00)
    b.  Then we wrapped a thin blanket over top of the foam and staple gunned it to the back.(We bought a cheap, thin ($7.00) blanket from Wal Mart.)
3. We cut and pieced 1" x 3" trim boards to make this raised shape on the outer edge and covered those 
     with blanket wrap, and the upholstery fabric, stapled to the backside of the trim boards.
4. We attached the trim boards with screws from the back.
5. Take white sheeting and staple gun it on the back to hide all the 'works' and make it smooth so it 
    doesn't mark your walls. ( folding under and stapling the underside as you go )
6. TA DA !

Now that we are wild about different headboards, next on our plate is a new taller fancy one for Bethany!



  1. I am bowing to you! That is fantastic.

  2. Looks great! I did an upholstered headboard for our master bedroom too. Same shape as yours but taller and with nailhead trim!

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