By Molly Freudenberg, March 6, 2010
A few years ago, I was looking for a new bed and realized that I wanted something that was cozy, stylish, and customizable. I looked at the construction of a lot of the available headboards and beds, and after shopping for a while, I decided to figure out how to make a DIY headboard. Most of them seemed to be constructed in a similar way and had three elements: a wood frame, foam padding of various thicknesses, and a fabric cover. Easy right? Actually, it wasn’t hard or too expensive either! Here is how to make a custom DIY fabric covered headboard for a bed. Easy to build, lovely to own!
I started with the “width” measurement of the bed which was approximately 54 inches. The height can be whatever you would like — I chose to make mine about a yard higher than the top of my mattress…the same height as a standard piece of foam.
My frame was built using 5 2 x4’s of varying lengths:
small wooden dowel pins, wood glue, a drill with a pre measured tape line to control depth and a small template I made for drilling holes (so they would all be the same.)
Next I got my foam which was a 4-5 inch thick foam, and cut it to the size of the frame. Then I used spray adhesive to carefully to attach the foam to the frame. Easy!
The Fabric and Slipcover
After attaching the foam, I upholstered a cotton duck fabric from front to back with heavy duty staples and a hand staple gun.
I found an upholstery grade fabric I loved at Hancock Fabrics for the slipcover and got a few yards of it plus some cotton cording so I could give dimension to the seams. I cut three pieces…2 narrow side pieces and one long, wide piece of fabric to cover the front, top, and back of the headboard. I wrapped fabric over the cotton cording and sewed it to the edge of the long, wide piece of fabric. Then I machine stitched the side pieces and sewed a 3/4 inch hem around the bottom to it would slip over the headboard like a dress.
My finished DIY headboard is exactly what I wanted and had been a very useful and cute addition to my bedroom. It also cost me about a third of what it would have to buy a new headboard as nice in the store!
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