Friday, April 17, 2009

making an upholstered headboard....


i have had several people ask me about making my headboard so i thought i would share my insight on the matter: this project is super easy and very budget-friendly!

Supplies:
- wood
- foam
- batting
- fabric
- saw (if you are going to cut it yourself)
- staple gun (the kind you plug in is a must)

Getting Started:
-First you are going to need to decide on the shape of the headboard, if you are going out on a limb, you might want to make a template so you have a pattern to use when you are cutting the wood....we didn't want to take chances so we stuck w/a nice rectangle!

-Next determine the size of the headboard; the width should be a tad bit wider then your mattress and the height is totally up to you.....

-Now that you have the shape and size, it's time to purchase the wood...we used MDF, but plywood would be fine too. You want to make sure that the wood is at least a 1/4" thick.
*if you stuck w/ the rectangle shape, get them to cut it right there (make sure to take the scrap wood, it will work for your legs).

-Okay, now it's time for the insides...here is my money saving tip, use one of those egg crates for beds for the foam...it saves a lot of money. if you don't want to save money, you can go and get foam cut (2" thick is what they usually use). You will also need batting, it looks like gauze and is in the quilting section of the stores (remember to get enough to be able to wrap it around the headboard)....if it helps we got all of this stuff at walmart.

-Fabric is the next step, make sure that you get enough to wrap around the back of the board and for the legs (this gives a more 'professional look')...i got 3 yds for my king.

-Putting it all together: Start w/ the wood on the bottom, then add your foam (if you are using an egg crate, make sure that the smooth side is facing up), next is the batting, finally the fabric...
*note to self: make sure that the foam, batting, and fabric wrap around the back and sides (probably about 6")
**at this point, i got out the iron and ironed my fabric to make sure they weren't any creases showing.

-Now, you are going to need to flip the headboard over and start stapling the layers down onto the wood...we stapled four ones first and then looked to make sure the fabric was sitting right before securing the whole thing in place....you will want to keep smoothing your hand over the face of the fabric as you staple.
*the corners can be tricky...leave this task to the anal one in the family...you just have to keep tucking until you get a nice clean edge.

-Last step, attach the legs....we wrapped them in fabric and stapled the back...looks very nice to have them covered vs. seeing raw wood. We used flush mounting hardware to attach the headboard to our frame.

**Voila** a beautiful headboard for under $50. (well, that's if your fabric doesn't break the bank)....hope this helps for any DIY'ers out there!!

39 comments:

simply seleta said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing. I love it!!! [It's perfect for fab friday]

You are very talented. And saved a fortune! Thanks so much for sharing.

Holly said...

thks for the tip on the eggcrate..I am in the process of gathering stuff to make myself a Kingsize headboard as well. What size of eggcrate did you end up buying??

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Perfect Shannon. Love the fabric you used and all the colors you used in your bedroom.

I so wish I needed a headboard, because now I'm dying to try this out!!!

Have a good weekend!

laurelstreet said...

Can I just say that I LOVE that fabric? I've been thinking about redoing my headboard but haven't found the right thing for it yet - yours is FAB!

Kara said...

You finally did it!! Thank you for sharing!! Can't wait to tackle this myself...
Thanks, Shannon! It looks really really great. Loved how it turned out!

GracefulElegance said...

I was just about to purchase an upholstered headboard from Pottery Barn for the new condo. I might just have to try this out ... thanks for the tips!

Lauren Jade said...

Thank you for this!! I'm actually making a headboard this weekend as my final project for class and this helped me so much on what I should get exactly. Thank you! great post and i absolutely LOVE the fabric.

Lizzie said...

Love the headboard, but we're did you get your pillow shams monogrammed? I really like the style.

MichCherie said...

Thank you so so much for this! I know in the next few months this will be a project I want to be taking on in the next few months:)

Jennifer said...

okay, finally a DIY headboard that isn't just nailed to the wall! I'm doing this for our guest bedroom, and I'm glad to know that it can work with with legs. great tip on the egg crate, too! I was already thinking that batting was going to add up pretty quickly.

yours looks GREAT and your pillow shams are TO DIE FOR.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Love it my dear! Nice job.

Sweet Nothings said...

my chairs are in that fabric...I'm thinking of trying it..and by me, i mean have my daddy try to do it, if i dont use framed wallpaper as a "headboard"

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Great tutorial! I love your headboard and bed linens.

Char said...

i have been think about making an upholstered headboard for some time now...i could not believe it when i saw this posted today!! thanks you so much for the detailed instructions & supply list!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Thanks so much. I have everything I need. Except the fabric. May venture out tomorrow to find some so I can get this made. What is your golden retriever's name?

Emily said...

Thanks for posting this, I am going to try to be crafty and do this one day! Love your blog!!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Looks fabulous!

My Notting Hill said...

Looks great. Also really like the initials on the pillows - are they embroidered or is it applied fabric? Re: showhouse in Charleston - I enjoyed it and thought it was pretty good.

indecisive friend said...

Love it!!!!! Now ...I will need your help on our next house and hopefully we will have a bed by then :) House goes up end of this week or beginning of next...yikes:(

Lauren said...

Thanks for taking the time to write out all the instructions! I'm seriously considering trying this out. What did you do about seaming the fabric together? BTW, I gave you a little "shout out" on my blog!

Under a Green Roof said...

I love it! Fantastic work!!!

Lisa said...

Shannon,
How handy is this post! I did a huge King sized camelback headboard for our bed and it turned out great. Wish i had thought of the egg crate idea. Foam from a fabric store is expensive! We used mdf and during the process of covering it & moving it & flipping it around, we wished we had used something lighter.
My mom now wants to do one for herself so i am forwarding to her your great instructions & photos.
I have added you to my list of daily reads. Enjoyed visiting!
Lisa

Matters of Style said...

Oh my goodness, it looks amazing!!! I am really impressed and motivated to try it myself!!

Emily said...

I linked this post from my blog! Thanks for sharing! I need to get going on it! What size bed do you have? I am a bit nervous that a King size wouldnt look as nice..

No.35style said...

LOOVVVEEE IT! Did you do the monogramming?? Tell us about that.

Boi-Yeanoh said...

Hello Shannon,

I love your blog!!! I have been looking for the fabric (white with brown stripes) and all I can find it in is pink and yellow from Calico Corners. Can you tell me where I can find it in that color? Do you carry It?

I really appreciate any help you can provide.

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