DIY: Pillowed Headboard

DIY: Headboard

Everyone has that one spot, that one room, or area in their house, home, apartment, or living space that they just can’t stand! Mine just happens to be my bedroom. I am constantly trying to spruce up the atmosphere by changing the dressing. New duvet covers, new sheets, new pillows. When in reality it has nothing to do with what goes on top, rather everything to do with the lack of inspiration.

Living at the beach, proves often enough to host treasures of those that have come and gone. Ally way parking and community trash offer prime time dumping spots for people’s unwanted and forgotten crap. Things that some consider trash, other see opportunities in. I tend to be one of those people, always looking in the most random spots for opportunities to be had. The other day I stumbled across a thrown out IKEA kids bed frame. No spots, no stains, a simple wood frame with a cover. Mind sparks began to fly and a mischievous look crossed my face.

Living within 15 miles of the Garment District of Los Angeles, proves to be a DIY enthusiast’s dream come true.  Textiles, flowers, clothing, furniture at prices that can be haggled down and drooled over.  After wandering through endless textile shops, on a mission I scored 3 yards of fabric for $15 and 3 yards of 1 inch foam for $30.  In the end I had a beautiful handmade, cost efficient solution to my bedroom sadness.

Do It Yourself, Steps to a Simple Headboard

Materials Needed:

  • 1 platform crate, wood frame, plywood fitting to the size of a twin, queen, or king bed
  • 3 yds of 1-inch thick foam (this is enough for a large queen headboard)
  • 3 yds of your chosen fabric
  • heavy-duty staples & staple gun

Step 1 & 2:

Lay the piece of foam on the floor and place the wood frame on top and center it.  With a great deal of tension pull the foam over the sides and begin to staple it down.  You want to work on the short ends first, avoid the corners.  Once both short ends are stapled down, tackle the corners of one short side.  You may need to cut a diagonal cut from the corner of the form to the corner of the frame to easily and efficient staple the corners.  After you have finished two corners begin to staple down the long edges, making sure to pull the foam tight as you want to avoid any wrinkles.  Once completed finish remaining corners.

Step 1
Step 2
Step 2 - Complete

Step 3:

You will now need to repeat the earlier steps however using the fabric.  IMPORTANT:  Make sure to do this methodically and carefully as you want to avoid any bubbles, wrinkles, or funny corners.  To begin — make a decision on how you will create and fold your corners so you can stick with the same design on all sides.

Step 3

When you have finished the above steps you will have a handmade headboard!

The Final Product

Next step to a new bedroom — refurbish a dresser!  Stay tuned to my bedroom makeover!

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