DIY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD TUTORIAL & REVEAL!2:04 PM
I have been lusting over the Colette bed from Crate & Barrel for years now. After a few feeble attempts to justify spending so much cash on a bed frame, I decided to go the DIY route with the goal of keeping the project under $150.
Guess what?! We did it!!! In total, I think we spent about $110 dollars on this project....but you'd never guess because it looks like a million bucks! I still need to do the nailhead trim, but I was too excited to do it when we finished upholstering the bed. I got a beautiful flax-colored textured linen on clearance for $18, my mom had the foam from a twin bed that wasn't being used anymore, and the rest was either in my dad's workroom or picked up from Home Depot. (PS Some credit card rewards programs, like mine for ex, offer various gift cards to shops like Home Depot....double check yours to see if you can cash in your points to keep even more cash in your pocket!).
My super amazing and handy dad was the brains and brawn behind this DIY upholstered headboard project. Without him, I would likely have a headboard that isn't measured right or straight! Anyways, grab a DIY-savvy friend and give this easy, fun, and economical weekend project a go!
1/2" plywood, cut and sized according to your design
6 1"x4"x8' lumber strips
4 2" bolts w/ 8 washers and 4 wingnuts (for adjustable legs)
jigsaw (if your design is not square)
1" drywall screws, coarse thread
drill and drill bit
spray mount adhesive
1/2" or 1" foam
scissors or blade
staple gun and 1/4" to 1/2" staples
3-4 1/2 yards fabric, ironed
cheap cotton fabric (for backing the headboard)
table to work on (or a sawhorse)
optional: nailhead trim kit and mallet
3. Since the wood is only 1/2" thick, it will look a bit too thin and DIY if you simply cover it with the foam, batting and fabric. You also don't want the leg brackets sticking out and rubbing up against the wall. Frame out the bed using your 1"x4"x8 lumber. The bed should now be about 1" thick, and all the parts on back should be flush with each other.
4. Dust off any saw dust, and spray the mounting adhesive to the front of the plywood. Place the foam on top, and pat down to make sure it is glued down everywhere. Let dry for a few minutes. Using scissors or a blade, carefully trim the foam in the shape of the headboard.
5. Lay the batting over the front of the headboard. Try and get the batting as smooth as possible, and carefully flip the headboard over so the back is now facing up. Gently tug and staple the batting into the wood. Trim off any excess.
VOILA!!! You now are the proud owner of your very own custom headboard. Next up is embellishing this beauty with some antiqued brass nailhead trim (and getting some much needed table lamps).
PS Sorry about all the wrinkles in the photos. I ironed everything last night to try and make it look as purdy as possible for you, but after tossing and turning while snoozing, we seem to be back at square one. That, and the bedding situation is definitely a work in progress. ;)