Do-It-Yourself Headboard

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

For those of you that follow @_CityMom on Twitter, you may recall a few weeks ago that my husband and I took on a bedroom remodel.  I call it a remodel because we mostly just changed aesthetic items.

We didn’t change anything structurally, though I would have loved to get rid of the carpet and replace with hardwoods but that’s a project for another time and another pay check.

Currently we are sporting a bedroom set from Ikea.  We recently upgraded from a double bed (we used to like to snuggle at night) to a Queen Size bed (life after kids; sleep is more important!)  Because our plan is to upgrade our furniture set one day, we didn’t see the point in buying another bed frame.  Alas, we were left with a metal frame and a mattress.

Enter the Do-It-Yourself Headboard. This is an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up your boudoir.

Follow along with the steps below to create one yourself:

TOOLS & MATERIALS

  • Foam or batting
  • Wood
  • Staple gun & staples
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Screwdriver
  • Mounting brackets

1. Measure for the size you want your headboard and have your wood cut to these dimensions.  Select your foam or batting, measure and cut accordingly.  Lay out your batting on a flat surface and centre the wood piece on top.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

2.  Using a staple gun, create anchor points along the wood, folding the batting around the edges.  Once the anchors are in place, staple the remaining gaps leaving the corners open.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

3.  With a utility knife, cut the excess padding around the corners to create a flat edge.  Staple the open pieces just as you did around the perimeter.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

4. Now with the padding firmly in place, lay your headboard fabric on a flat surface and centre the padded headboard on top.  Staple the fabric in place as you did in the above steps.  Take extra care on the corners to ensure you have a taught, even fold.  Before stapling, lift the wood off the surface to get a good look at the type of corner you have created.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

5.  Now for the tricky part.  Remember the rule:  measure twice, cut once.  Select the location on the wall where you want the headboard to hang.  Measure the width and find the centre point.   Depending on the hanging mechanism you’re using you will need to measure the distance in which you will affix the brackets to the headboard. Attach the brackets to the wood.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

6. Be sure that the brackets you have selected are able to hold the weight of the headboard.  Measure and mark with pencil the location that the brackets will be attached.  It’s a good idea to hold the headboard up to the pencil marks to confirm the location.  Attach the brackets and hang the headboard.

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

That is the final step in the Do-It-Yourself Headboard project.  Sit back and enjoy your hard work!

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I will reveal the completed design!

City Mom

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