My best friend is an incredible “do it yourself” home maker. With her expertise we made a headboard for my king size bed. It came out beautiful and would love to share with you all how easy it truly is. The two of us even carried it up a flight of stairs.
Step 1 – Measure out the height and width of the headboard.
Step 2 - purchase the materials.
- 1 sheet of plywood (cut according to the measurements of your bed can be purchased at any home improvement store)
- One 2X4 support board (52″ you can have the store cut these if you don’t have a saw)
- Two 2X6′s for the legs
- staple gun
- wood glue
- foam (about 4 yards)
- fabric (about 5 yards, I wanted a little extra to make a matching pillow)
Items 1- 5 cost about $35.00. Foam can be expensive but I purchased a full size bed foam at Walmart cost $13.00. However, the main expense is the fabric. I really wanted intricate good quality fabric which cost me $40.00 The total cost of the headboard was $$88.00.
Step 3 – Glue and drill the 2X6′s to the edges of the plywood to create legs for the headboard. We had to measure and cut them first. Then place the 2X4 at the top in between the legs. You can also add a 2X4 at the bottom but I was trying to be as thrifty as possible. Flip the whole thing over and get ready to attach the foam.
After the cutting, gluing and drilling it looked like this.
Step 4 – Use spray adhesive to attach the foam to the plywood. Because I was using a mattress pad, I made sure to have the pointed edges facing down. However, if you have very thick fabric it won’t make much of a difference which side you use. Spray both the plywood and foam as you attach it. Also, it may be best to do this a little bit at a time. Don’t try to spray the entire thing all at one time. Also, make sure to stretch it as you glue do don’t want any bubbly areas.
Step 5 – Now its time to start the fabric! Start from the center. I did this for both the horizontal and vertical edges. Then work your way out from the center making sure that the fabric is smooth and free of any buldges or ridges. Note: you’ll want to staple the fabric from the back. Also, take note of the legs, they are upholstered separately.
Step 6 – Wash and iron the fabric before you upholster it to the headboard (if you purchased new fabric you can probably skip the washing part).The back doesn’t look really fancy but that’s because I opted not to cover it. No one is going to see it anyway.
Headboard is complete!
Thank you so much Emily for all your help it came out awesome!
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