Sunday, April 18, 2010

How to make a headboard.

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Well before this blog was a twinkle in my eye, I was making headboards instead of buying them. DIY headboards are nothing new and I’m sure you’ve seen a ton around blogland. They are all over the “land” because they are one of the easiest and cheapest updates you can make to a bedroom – with very little time and moola you can have a custom piece for your room.

Mine are pretty basic – no cutting of wood! (I don’t count what the guys at the hardware store do for me!) The headboard for the Bub’s room is slightly different than what I did in the past:
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The one above is the simplest I’ve done – just a piece of plywood cut to size, covered with batting and then fabric. That’s it! I didn’t completely staple the fabric all the way around, and just screwed the board into studs on the wall, then secured the fabric with a staple gun around the edges (while it was on the wall).

To cover the staples I used pretty trim and hot glue. Easy peasy squeeeeezays! I did the same process in our bedroom before we got our four poster bed. (I know I have a picture somewhere – I’ll try to dig it up.)

Anyhoo…normally you use foam in the process – but I had never used it because of the cost. If you haven’t noticed – foam is wicked expensive. It’s a petroleum-based product, so it fluctuates with the cost of gas – which anymore is wicked expensive. :)

So a couple years ago I found this headboard project over at Kara’s place and her idea stuck with me – use an egg crate mattress topper instead of foam! It’s only about $10 for a twin size, $15 for a full size.
For the Bub’s headboard, I got the full size, and I ended up using two pieces to make it extra cushy:
egg crate foamJust lay your plywood (that you had cut at the hardware store) on top, trace it out and cut it. The bonus about this egg crate stuff is it’s SO much easier to cut than regular foam. I used spray adhesive to adhere it to the plywood. (When I say “adhere” – I mean stick just enough till I can wrap fabric around it.)

I didn’t even use plywood for this headboard – I used the board that the baby mattress laid on from the Bub’s crib. I kept thinking I could do something fab with it – and I did. Score!:
Usually I use batting for the next step, but the piece I had wasn’t big enough, and I didn’t want to spend any extra cash. So I just used extra muslin from my stash. (I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!) This stuff is as little as $1.99 a yard -- way cheaper than batting. You could also use an old sheet – basically any thin fabric.

I stapled and stapled aaaaaaand stapled:

And had a nicely wrapped headboard, waiting for the beautiful blue fabric:

I did the same with the blue fabric, then installed little hangy thingamabobs to hang it:

You can see the corners are a bit of a mess from the back – as long as the sides are presentable, who cares? Not me!

The result was a beautiful, soft headboard for under $30 (for fabric and egg crate foam):
DIY headboardThis is the fabric I used for the drapes in this room, and I ADORE it.

I had all kinds of ideas to add a little somethin’ to this headboard – I was going to tuft it with buttons, but when I got it up I realized you wouldn’t even see them when the bed was made because of the pillows. Even though we never make beds in this house, I still didn’t think it needed tufting. ;)

Then I was going to add molding around the edges, but I when I held it up, it just was too much – and I have enough molding going on in the room as it is.

I was going to add nail head trim around the sides, but Joann’s was flat out of it today (argh!) and now I’m thinking that may look a little skimpy along the side…I’m not sure.

For now, I absolutely love it as is! It’s sooooo soft and smooshy!

This whole headboard project took less than two hours to complete – I started it when Father of the Bride 2 began, and finished well before mother and daughter had their babies. (I cried. Like I always do. Even though it’s insanely cheesy – I love those movies!)

I’ll show you the whole big boy bed soon – I think I’m going to post about what I’m doing under that chair rail next. Those of you who follow me on Twitter have heard me talk about it, and if I don’t explain it soon, I think a few of you may just hunt me down. ;)
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P.S. Something about this post is making the spam comments go mad -- so I'm turning on word verification for a bit -- bear with me!

62 comments:

  1. The headboard turned out beautiful. I really like the fabric and can't wait to see the rest of the room! I also love the airplane pictures and frames!

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  2. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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  3. Love it! I have been thinking about doing one for my guest room too! So Thank you much-o!

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  4. I am so excited about this idea. I think I could do this project, which if you knew me, is a statement of faith!

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  5. Never a dull moment with you, Sarah! Once again, it's just lovely. I adore that fabric!

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  6. this turned out so cute! Can't wait to see the whole room! I just did a make over on my nephew's room, and we did a padded headboard...it turned out SOOOO cute...IF you want to see it, here is the link
    http://delightindecor.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html

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  7. I've been so inspired by your blog! I have 3 boys under the age of 7, and I'm always struggling to find great ideas for their rooms. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas! One quick question though... Where did you get the fabric for the headboard? I LOVE IT!

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  8. Love it! I did the same thing for my daughter's room, but used a wood pallet instead.

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  9. I love the idea of an extra-smooshy headboard. I've been messing with an idea to use something over the top of the smooshy headboard so that the smooshiness pokes through.... that probably sounds pretty confusing! I just need to think some more about how that will happen - but your egg-carton padding really is the perfect idea!

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  10. I can't wait to see the whole room. I will have a "big boy" room to do pretty soon myself.

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  11. Love it! Can't wait to see the whole room!

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  12. I have been wanting to make my own headboard for one of my guest bedrooms. I see that you attach the headboard directly to the wall, but how did you attach it to the bed. The bed I would be using has wheels on it and sits on a hardwood floor and has been known to move at times. So, how would I attach the headboard to the bed so the bed stays stationary and centered beneath the headboard? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  13. Love how it is hung from the wall, this makes the project much more simple. I have to try this! Janell

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  14. Sadly, I bet the spam comments are coming in because you have "big boy" in the title.

    That being said, LOVE the headboard. Maybe I'll finally take the plunge and make one myself!

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  15. That is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it..step by step! Love your blog!
    -Nicole

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  16. Fabulous, you make it sound so easy! Love how padded and comfy it looks!
    Tracey

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  17. I have been wanting to just this exact thing in our master bedroom! Thank you so much!! You have just saved me tons of grief and ...boy...our head board is going to look so awesome. I'm a quilter, so this will be an easy project for me and I'm a DIYer. I just am glad you showed us how before I had to figure it out for myself.

    I'm going to tell all my readers about this post at Comin' Home. I do everything on a tight budget and would rather die than pay for a headboard.

    As it is, I have some really gorgeous Victorian deep red tapestry with gold Fleur DE lis on it that I paid a mint for. (What was I thinking?!) I hated to see it go to waste and now I know exactly how to use it.

    This is a great post. Thanks a bunch!

    PS. I'm a new follower and so glad to have found your blog! It is now on my blog roll. I will be visiting often. :o)

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  18. Cannot wait to see the finished product:) Love the headboard, great tutorial!

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  19. It's wonderful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  20. Looks great, Sarah! :) I love Father of the Bride. :) A good movie to work to!

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  21. Love it Sarah! Quick, cheap and super easy...but BIG impact. I had to laugh at your "corner" comment. Mine always used to look like that until I learned how to do them (it really is easier than you think).

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  22. It turned out great Sarah! I just love that fabric. I can't wait to see the rest of the room.

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  23. Like you, I've been making headboards for a long time, and all I've ever used is the foam mattress pads. That idea came to me when I wanted an upholstered headboard and had plenty of fabric but no money to spend on foam. . . I love the way that we all think more creatively when we need to stretch our dollars!

    I recently re-covered these same headboards. Check out this post if you like: http://impartinggrace-richella.blogspot.com/2010/02/updating-old-project.html . You can see that I added decorative cording around the edges--I love the way it looks, and it took less than five minutes to staple around.

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  24. It looks wonderful. I love it. I made one for our bed and it really is easy. Yours is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  25. I just found you the other day and am glad I added you to my blog's "Favorites" blogroll! Great post! ♥ Michelle

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  26. One of these days, I'm going to DO something like this! For now, however, we have wooden headboards for the boys' beds and that'll do (for now!)

    Great tutorial, too. I'm glad you're not some anal-retentive perfectionist (on the back side of it)... that kind of thing makes projects IMPOSSIBLE for me to actually do!

    Thanks, chicka, for keepin' it real!

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  27. Such a tease you are. :) I wanna see it all!

    Fabulous so far!

    Donna

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  28. I've said 2,354 times...I want to make an upholstered headboard!

    And 2,354 times, something far less fun and far more urgent (like taking one of the evil cats to the emergency vet, or a helping a child with an critical research project) gets in my way.

    That is lovely!

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  29. Hello sweet Sarah - love the way the headboard turned out! Not only is the pattern in the fabric fabulous, but you've made the tutorial look so easy even I might be able to attempt it! Those egg crate mattresses are really inexpensive! Hmmm...the wheels of my brain are turning. I want to try it!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  30. We bought my daughter a new mattress and box spring over the weekend and it is to be delivered tomorrow. Originally I had planned to try and find a way to use an old wooden headboard and footboard that I have, but now I am thinking this might be the way to go. Love it and can't wait to see the whole finished project!

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  31. We bought my daughter a new mattress and box spring over the weekend and it is to be delivered tomorrow. Originally I had planned to try and find a way to use an old wooden headboard and footboard that I have, but now I am thinking this might be the way to go. Love it and can't wait to see the whole finished project!

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  32. Please talk to us about the mechanics of attaching it to the wall and/or bed! I want to do this with our master bed (queen) and am a bit worried about how to get it to sit still. Is it sitting on the ground and attached to studs? Is the bed attached to it in any way?

    You are SOOO inspiring...

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  33. Gorgeous daaahhhhhling ! Love the fabric and love the muslin tip ! Will adopt pronto. :-)

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  34. So I went to your blog because I've been thinking about making a headboard but didn't know where to start. So I thought, "What would Thrifty Decor Chick do? I'll go look at at her blog!" And then you had this post up! Thank you so much! I can't wait to get started on my headboard!

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  35. Wow, this turned out wonderful, I love the fabric you have! You have given me inspiration to try this! Thank you, have a great day!
    Kristin

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  36. It looks great and so doable! (Perhaps spammer likes cheesy movie references? I love that movie too! Speaking of movies, did you decide to take Bubs to How to Train a Dragon?)

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  37. Your (or should I say the bub's) headboard turned out wonderful. I agree it looks great the way it is and I would wait until all the bedding is on before adding anything else.

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  38. Egg Crates! AMAZING idea! I've been staying away from making a headboard because I didn't want to spend $$ on the foam at JoAnn's!

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  39. This looks great and like something I could do when we're ready to move Monkey into a big girl bed, thanks for posting it.

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  40. I likey! If he's rolling around, he won't hurt his noggin, now will he? Very clever, using the egg crat foam... THe other foam is way harder to cute, and sooooo expensive!

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  41. I love the fabric that you used! Just enough texture/pattern. Gorgeous!

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  42. Perfect. I love how you repurposed the crib board and the hanging thingies-interesting. We just lean our headboard against the wall.

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  43. Thank you, thank you for this post. I found really inexpensive fabric a few weeks ago to make a headboard for my daughter but really didn't know where to begin. I already went and bought my egg crate. Just need to get some plywood and I am good to go. I LOVE your blog!!!

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  44. I'm inspired to make myself a new headboard!

    Keep up the good work... =)

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  45. I love the headboard, I love Father of the Bride, 1 and 2, old, and remake, and bed making is not a priority in this house either. Sisters seperated at birth??? If so, then you got 90% of the talent, so not fair! Cant wait to see the room, Sue

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  46. This turned out beautifully.

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  47. This is totally cute! I love your blog. I'm working on fixing up my little girl's room from a baby room to a toddle room. I can take some of your cute ideas and make them girly, yay!

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  48. I never thought to use the egg crate foam...what a great idea!! See...every time I visit...I learn something new. This headboard is super cute...loving how the Bubs room is turning out!

    Hugs and love to you,
    Victoria

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  49. You make it look so easy! And, I love those Father of the Bride movies too. We have the first one saved on Tivo, and the girls love it as much as I do.

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  50. Hunt u down? No! Well, maybe. I'm sooo patient. I don't even check ur blog for updates when I'm asleep.

    I just need ur guidance, that's all! Getting ready to do b&b in my entryway.

    Love u,

    bye

    Angie :-)

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  51. Hi Sarah!

    The space is looking really good! Love the headboard! Hreat job!

    Lindsay
    A Design Story

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  52. This is just fabulous or GORG as you say!

    I love it!

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  53. I just love the room. So many details and the headboard is great!

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  54. What a great idea! I'll be doing this for my bedroom. We need a headboard for a superking bed and they are so expensive - this is perfect! Thankyou x

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  55. I'm SOOOO glad you made this post! I have been wanting to make a headboard for my master bedroom for months now and didn't quite know how to go about it. Thank you! It looks beautiful! and easy!

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  56. Okay....I think we are kindred spirits. Why? Because I just got through shopping at goodwill yesterday (our Goodwills get merchandise from Target that is brand new! Does yours?) and I just made a head board for my guest bedroom. Maybe next I'll try moulding.....

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  57. I absolutely love the headboard

    I've been searching several different sites that offer an easy DIY headboard projects & this was perfect for me & set me out on an adventure to do my own

    Great work!

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  58. WOW! So easy and cheap! Love it this is going to be my next project!

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  59. Hi Sarah, I stumbled upon your blog by accident when I was searching for DIY ideas for a headboard..and what a happy accident it was!! absolutely love your ideas and your creativity!! I am definitely going to try my hand at the headboard making with your ideas...Thanks again for the inspiration!! - Sujaya

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  60. Hi Sarah. I have been wanting a bedhead for ages and never found one I liked. Today I used your instructions and made one myself. It was easy and looks great! Thank you.

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  61. Thank you Sarah! It's so encouraging! I am gonna start 2013 with a new headboard in my bedroom. It's so exciting and empowering.

    Mirella

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  62. HI Sarah, Am a complete newbie to DIY furniture. Can one person do this project ? Or do i need to ask a friend to help me out with it ?

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