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Making your own upholstered headboard is not only a mucho dinero saving decision, it is also a really, really basic to do.
There are a few power tool essentials, like a jigsaw and a drill, but all the other larger cuts could be done at your lumber supply store. DIY-ing it also means you can create exactly what you want – from fabric choice to tufting & trim options.
For our upholstered headboard Re-DO, we chose a greige linen (same fabric as drapes), used pewter nailhead trim (same as bench), and opted not to tuft. If you decide tufting is necessary for your well being, here’s my Tut on that process. Linen can be a little bit bad tempered and run if it’s not happy – hence our lack of tufted-ness.
Material list for headboard:
1/2” MDF – cut to desired headboard size. Ours is King, so we used 2 horizontal pieces of MDF and attached them with a bracket. Our headboard is 6” wider than the mattress on each side, and sits about 6″ below that mattress.
2×4’s – used for mounting system
1×2’s – used to ‘thicken’ up the profile of the headboard
fabric of choice, batting, foam (we used 4”)
Okay, let’s get down to bidnezz:
The Mister master-minded the ‘frame’ for the headboard to attach to – the goal being that it would be supported by this frame, AND affixed to the wall. He clearly wanted a very sturdy headboard. Safety first I suppose.
Here’s how he made the frame, all just 2×4′s screwed together, lengths appropriate to the overall height & width you’ve decided on. There are ‘D’ hooks attached to the top of each tall support – you’ll see why.
Cut out your foam to fit on your MDF, use spray adhesive to adhere it.
Here’s a more detailed view of the way ours is constructed:
The 2 middle pieces are the support brackets holding the 2 MDF pieces together. The 1×2’s at each end (front & back) are added to give the profile of the headboard some weight. It’s not required, I just wanted it to look more substantial from the side. So our foam sits between those on the front.
Now comes the ridiculous amount of staples. This part is much easier with two people – one to pull the fabric tightly and evenly, and the other on staple gun duty.
Measure the distance between the ‘D’ hooks that you fastened to the frame, as well as the height, and put your screws in the wall. Once you’ve centered and screwed the mounting frame to the back of the headboard, you can ‘hang’ your headboard on the wall.
Nailhead detail added.
The second picture shows well the ‘thickness’ that the 1×2’s added to the profile. And my pillow abundance.
I’m certain that bloggers live in some time space continuum where we telepathically share ideas….Kate @ chiconashoestring posted her Upholstered headboard tutorial on recently which is almost EXACTLY the same as ours. We probably made them the same weekend. Go visit over there and see hers too. And maybe her tutorial gives some details that mine doesn’t.
So the ‘Completely Unnecessary Master Bedroom Re-Do’ is pretty well complete. We still plan on replacing the mouldings and painting the floor, but those life altering events will happen together at a later date.
And if I can ever manage to win on eBay, or source elsewhere a pair of vintage-y vibe hanging lights for either side of the bed, the lamps will go.
On that, whoever you are that beat me by $1 for these beauties, just know that you will never love them like I would have.
For now, I am madly in love with how the room turned out.
And the Mister (though in denial about how he started this ball rolling) really likes it too. And in case you’ve ever noticed that my bedroom pictures don’t show any of the room to the right of the headboard, it’s because there’s a little ‘Vanity’ space there that has been under re-invention too. Unveiling soon.
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, contact me to help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.