A Bed Gets a New Look with an Upholstered Headboard.
This project is a quick and easy way to dress up a full-size bed without a huge investment in time or expense. This headboard hangs on the wall like a picture, so it is easy to take down when moving or changing the look of the room. From the start to final transformation, this project can be completed in a weekend.
I chose a blue decorator fabric that matched the existing bed linens and a white grosgrain ribbon for contrast at the corners of the headboard. Upholstery tacks create a tufted and tailored look.
Headboard How To
PLYWOOD OR MDF: Visit your home improvement store and choose either 1/2-inch or 5/8-thick plywood or MDF (a type of plywood). MDF is less likely to warp. For this project, we created a headboard for a full-size bed. (Approximate measurements: Twin: 39-inches x 36-inches; Full: 54-inches x 36-inches; Queen: 60-inches x 36-inches; King: 76-inches x 36-inches. For added drama make the height 48 inches.)
FOAM: Use a piece of 1-inch thick foam and glue to plywood or MDF.
You will need to cut the foam to fit. Apply a generous amount of glue to the plywood or MDF and lay the foam on top. Let dry overnight.
BATTING: Use the batting and wrap over the front of the foam and extend over all edges. Secure on all sides with the staple gun on the back of the board. The batting softens the edges and gives a tailored look.
FABRIC: Lay fabric out on a large table space and lay the headboard on top of the fabric with the batting facing the fabric. Start on one side and staple the fabric to the backside of the plywood or MDF. Then tautly pull the fabric to the opposite side, then tautly pull until all four sides are stapled and secured.
TRIMMING: Lay out grosgrain ribbon in the desired pattern, leave extra ribbon that wraps around to the back side and secure with the staple gun.
UPHOLSTERY TACKS: Use a small hammer and the upholstery tacks to create a tufted look.
HANGERS: On the back of the headboard, measure down 2-inches from the top and 4-inches over from each side. Drill or screw in the heavy-duty ring hangers.
WALL MOUNT: On the wall, measure 34-inches up from the top of the outside edge of the mattress on both sides of the bed. Make a small mark and measure 4-inches to the inside of that mark on both sides to determine where to install the picture hangers. For installation, follow directions on package.
THE FINISH: Hang the headboard as if you would hang a picture on the wall.
This article appears in the November 2004 issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles