Thursday, July 7, 2011

Make Your Own Headboard

 Last spring, when I was reading blogs but not writing them, I saw some great DIY tufted headboards and I decided to embark on my first craftastic blog-inspired project.

What I really wanted for my guest room was something like this...


But it cost $399. Zoinks. I needed a plan B. I was unable (and unwilling) to spend that much for my guest room, especially since it's a full-sized bed. I have issues with full-sized beds. I should see a therapist.

Since I hadn't seen any tutorials out there for weaving your own headboards, I decided that a upholstered headboard was the next best thing.  I did select a fabric that has a pronounced weave though, to bring an extra bit of texture to the room since I couldn't have my beloved seagrass.


And then I got really anal focused. I looked at buckets of tufted headboards and discovered that I preferred the diamond pattern (offset tufts) to the straight rows of tufts. I studied the proportions on my inspiration headboards and created my own template.

{Click image be taken to the larger version of my full-sized headboard diagram}

Yep, that's right. I made a crazy detailed template and it had nothing to do with creating a blog tutorial -- you all just get to reap the benefits of my neurotic behavior.

 
Kate at Centsational Girl shared a tutorial for creating a tufted headboard which is very similar to the process I used for my guest room bed but I want to share a few tips I learned to make the process easier:
  1. The smoother the foam's outside edges are, the nicer your end result. I've heard of a lot of people using electric knives to cut foam, and in Kate's tutorial that I linked to she used squares of foam and she tucked the cut sides inside so that the smooth factory edges were around the outside of her headboard.

I saved a little money by using two twin-sized eggcrate foam pads with the eggcrates facing inwards together + a large piece of clearanced 1-inch foam on top, instead of one more expensive piece of 2- or 3-inch foam.
  1. Pick your button covering kit carefully -- my fabric was a little thicker and it was an absolute nightmare to cover the buttons. When I found Kate's tutorial later on and saw that she went through the same thing, I had to laugh. She at least offers a suggestion for a better brand to try... I would definitely take her advice.
  2. Use upholstery thread as it's much stronger than regular thread.
  3. You can use rings or brackets to hang your headboard from, but I would actually recommend using a french cleat. You can buy them, or watch this short video to see how to make one -- they are very strong, secure, and easy to make.

And that's it. They're actually pretty simple to make and I love what it does for my guest room room. It probably cost around $75 to make and took a weekend.


Don't you think it makes the room? Now I just need something fabulous on the wall above it, and we'll be set.

Sharing at Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Just A Girl, Under The Table and Dreaming, The DIY Show Off

13 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS!!!! Seriously, I love it! I have been dying to make one for my bed but am a bit intimidated to attempt it on a CalKing. I really love it! ps, love the new look of the blog too :)

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  2. Wow, you did a fabulous job! Your guest room looks beautiful!

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  3. Absolutely fantastic!! Your hard work paid off!

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  4. Love the headboard :) I really like the pattern on the comforter too...where did you get it?

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  5. Thanks! The comforter is from Pottery Barn years ago. :) It's called Brigitte.

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  6. Just beautiful! I am also going to tackle a headboard project soon too But I am still trying to find just the right fabric. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Looks awesome! I'm a sucker for a tufted headboard and even more thrilled when I see one DIYed as well as yours!

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  8. How awesome is this!?!? I love it!! I have been wanting to do this for quite some time!!Thank you so much for sharing!!
    I am having my very first link party and this would be PERFECT!!!
    It's called Show Me How!!! ~ Friday ~ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials ~ No. 1 ~
    It's going on RIGHT NOW :))
    I would love for you to join the party!!
    And feel free to link up as many as you want :))
    LOVE FROM TEXAS!!
    ~~Michella~~
    www.michellamarie.com
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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  9. I am loving these tufted headboards! Great tutorial!

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  10. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

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  11. Hi!
    These hand made fabric headboards are just fabulous. Specially I like the first design made up of sea grass. For new headboards on cheap prices visit http://www.dreambedroom.co.uk/compare_headboards.html

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  12. What's the name of this fabric? I'd love to make one of these headboards, but don't haven't been able to find the right fabric. I love this!

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