I’ve been wanting to do one of these forever! If it wasn’t one thing it was another why I didn’t have the time to put this together. But finally the new year came, and I made it one of my goals to finish my room. I bought my house almost 5 years ago, and my bedroom was the last room in the house that I needed to paint, put closet doors up, finish trim and furnish like a grown up.
So I started with the headboard. It’s pretty easy, and fairly inexpensive too. Here are the steps, and how I did it.
Measure your bed width, and allow a couple of inches of overhang on both sides. I also recommend taking painters tape, and mocking up the headboard on the wall, so you can get the proportion right for the height. My headboard is 3′-0″ x 5′-0″, and I have a queen size bed.
Supplies – This was probably the most time consuming. I spent half a day finding the ‘best’ deal on supplies. I recommend keeping your eye open for sales at JoAnn’s Fabric & The Fabric Outlet Store in SE. JoAnn’s has 50% coupons all the time, and you will need them. High density foam isn’t cheap these days:)
- Upholstery fabric as the main fabric for the board (I used a 1 yard, it was 54″ wide), $5.00
- Fabric for the buttons (I used different scraps I had, an old shirt)
- 2″ High Density Foam (I used two kinds of foam b/c it was so expensive $30 a foot & I needed 3 feet, but I used my 50% off coupon. I bought a 1″ high denisty foam & a 1″ lower grade foam), $50.00
- Batting (1.5 yards), $6.00
- Spray adhesive
- Staple Gun
- Button Kit & additional buttons (make sure you use a fabric for the buttons that isn’t too thick), $7.00
- Upholstery needle & thread
- French Cleat, $20.00
- 1/4″ plywood 4×8 sheet (home depot or lowes will cut it to the size you want, one less step to have to do at home) $24.00
- Tape measure
- Utility knife (new, not a dull edge)
Grand Total: $112.00
Mark out the pattern for the buttons on the plywood. Make sure to use a level, and mark with an ‘x’. Once you have the layout you will need to drill a hole in each center of the ‘x’.
Lay down an old sheet to keep from getting your fabric dirty. Cut foam with the utility knife to the same size as the plywood, and use the spray adhesive to adhere the foam to the plywood.
Once you have the foam cut to size, and it is adhered to the plywood. Take the batting, and start stapling it to the board. Make sure it’s tight, but not ripping.
You are ready to add the fabric. Make sure you iron your fabric, and have the right side facing down or out. Then go around and do the same as you did with the batting. Make sure it’s really tight. I read that you should keep it a little less tight, and I wish I had done it tighter. Also, pay extra attention to the corners. You will want to make sure you fold them like a present, which takes a little extra care.
Now you are ready for the buttons. You push the needle through the hole on the back, and through the foam & fabric. Once you’ve done that take your button, and go through the loop. At that point you push back through the foam, fabric and hole close to where you came in. Pull it tight, very tight, and using your staple gun, staple back and forth with extra scrap pieces of the fabric.
Follow the instructions that come with the french cleat & measure where to put it on the head board and wall. Then you are done.