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{DIY} Upholstered Headboard

{DIY} Upholstered Headboard

by Jesse on June 10, 2011


HI friends!
For the sake of moving over some of my project from my old blog, I am reposting how I made the twins headboards.
{There are lots of headboard tutorials out there, this is how I did it}
What you need:
1/4 plywood
foam (I used an inexpensive egg crate)
staple gun
picture wire
50 lb picture hangers
{Something I like to do before I have my plywood cut (at Lowe’s)
is to put up painter tape to outline how large I want the headboard.
Then I measure it and take those measurements to
Lowe’s to have the wood cut.}
First I lay out the egg crate (or foam) and cut it to size.
Make sure if using a egg crate to lay the pattern side down,
so it won’t show through.
To give the kids a nice soft edge I went ahead and wrapped the foam around and stapled it down all the way around.
{If you wanted a nice crisp edge you might cut your foam to the exact size of your wood and  use some spray adhesive to attach it to the board.}
Next step is to lay out your batting. I purchased a large roll of batting at Joann’s
and left it folded over to double it. Just to give it a bit more fluff.
And again staple away.
This is the fabric step!
Make sure and iron your fabric if need be.
Then lay it out fabric side down,
I like to start stapling at 12:00 and 6:00 first. Then check how your pattern
looks. If there is anything you need to center in your pattern (fabric)
you will want to adjust that now, before you have all of those staples in.
If it looks good then move on and staple at 3:00 and 9:00, checking your fabric again
and making sure to pull it taut as you staple.
If all looks good continue stapling about every 2 inches all the way around.
You are almost ready to hang.
Next get out those d-rings and screw them into the back of your headboard.
Making sure to check your fabric if you have a desired end that you need to be
on the top. I placed my d-rings about a 1/4 of the way down.
Run the picture wire through the d-rings and secure it.
Once you have done those things the last step is to mount your picture hooks to the wall
and hang the headboard. I like to use 2 of the weighted hooks spread a little ways apart.
This way the headboard doesn’t shift. Also when planning my headboards I like them to tuck
a bit behind the mattress. That way when I push the bed up against it, it is secure.
This is your finished product.
Friends this is super easy and really creates
such a custom look.
I don’t know that I will ever buy a “real”
headboard again!
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ValNo Gravatar June 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm



LindsayNo Gravatar June 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You really are super mom! AMAZING!


AprilNo Gravatar February 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm

so excited to try this out!!! xoxo


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