Monday, January 10, 2011

Upholstered Headboard DIY

Hubby and I have been needing a headboard for a while now.  However, I've  had a hard time deciding just what I want.  I'm kind of in love with upholstered headboards, unfortunately the huge price tag on the ones I like is a bit of a deterrent.  A couple weeks ago I decided enough was enough.  Something was better than nothing. 


I stopped by "The Pick of the Litter" - a great re-sale shop that benefits the Humane Society - and they just happened to have this great headboard, in just the right size.  Even better, it was only $20!!  It was actually a pretty nice looking headboard, but I decided I could probably make it look even better. 

I wanted to keep this project as cheap as possible, so I checked out the sale adds and headed down to JoAnn's.  I love the natural look of linens and burlap, but after looking at everything, I found some great looking muslin for a fraction of the cost.  I also got a sheet of batting about 1 inch thick. 

First I ironed the muslin to get out any creases.  Then I laid it out on the floor and put the batting over the top.  Then I put the headboard directly on top of the batting, leaving about 4 inches around the edges (to wrap around the back).

Then I wrapped the fabric around the back and stapled everything in place.  I started in the middle and worked my way to the edges so that the corners would be smooth.  Then I hammered in some decorative nailheads around the edges.   All that's left is to attach it to the bed!  *Note: don't ruin your pretty nailheads with a regular hammer - use a rubber mallet like this one!

I absolutely love the way it turned out.  For a total price break-down, I spent $20 on the headboard, $10 on fabrics, and $8 on the decorative nails.  Grand total... $38!!  That sure beats any of the store-bought counterparts, like this one or this one.  And to tell the truth, I kind of like mine better!  :)

This project went so quickly that I completely forgot to take pictures as I went!  So, if you want step-by-step instructions, I found a great post by Jen Woodhouse with more detailed instructions. 

Gook Luck!  If any of you do end up making your own upholstered headboard, I'd love to hear how it went or see pictures of it! 

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Tricia said...

Wow, I love it! Looks very professional.

Thrudy said...

Allyson, this is really awesome. I've also been wanting to do something about my boring headboard. I am totally inspired to make one of these now, or someday when I have the time haha. btw I found your blog on Siera's page, I'm totally reading yours now :)

Heather Ashby said...

Gorgeous Allyson!! I've heard Ambyr talking about doing this forever. It turned out really well :)

Allyson said...

Thank you all! I really appreciate your support! This is one of those projects I can finally cross off my to-do list... and I'm so happy with it.

Thrudy - keep me updated on the project! I'd love to see how it turns out and you know I'm always willing to help out. :)

Rebecca said...

Awesome! Now that you've had some experience with can come down and help me with my glider! ;)

Allyson said...

Becca - you know I'm always willing to come do projects with you. Just let me know when! :)

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