Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Directions For An Upholstered Headboard

A plush upholstered headboard will soften any bedroom.

An upholstered headboard can be as attractive as it is functional. Covered with the fabric of your choice, this feature can give the room a touch of elegance with creamy satin or a funky flair with a brightly colored velvet. Upholstered headboards add comfort to the bed as well by providing a soft space to lean back and relax with a book at the end of a long day. Create an expansive feature for a plush wall that will beckon you to stay in bed all day, or go smaller for a decorative piece that will keep you from hitting the wall in your sleep. The options for this quick project are endless and will allow for a personalized look in every bedroom. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the width of your bed and determine how many additional inches you want on either side. Add at least 2 inches to the width of the bed to make sure the mattress doesn't dwarf the headboard. For an elaborate and eye-catching feature, you may want to add even more.

2. Sit on your bed and determine where you want the top of the headboard to fall behind you. If you want to be able to rest comfortably against it, mark the wall just above your head. If you're looking for a more understated piece, opt for something just 2 or 3 feet tall. Measure the distance from the bottom of your mattress to the mark on the wall where you want the headboard to stop. This will allow you to tuck the board securely behind your bed. If you prefer a headboard that rests on the floor, measure from the floor up.

3. Have a piece of plywood cut to the measurements determined in Steps 1 and 2. Most home improvement stores will cut sheets of plywood for you.

4. Get a piece of foam at least 2 inches thick from a fabric store. If possible, have them cut it to the same size as the plywood. Purchase a piece of batting that measures 1 foot longer and 1 foot wider than the plywood. Select a fabric to cover the headboard and have this material cut to 2 feet longer and 2 feet wider than the plywood.

5. Wash and iron your selected cover fabric for the headboard.

6. Lay the fabric flat on the floor with the front of the fabric facing down. Center the batting on top of the fabric with the edges lined up. Center the foam on the batting and lay the plywood on top of the pile.

7. Wrap the batting securely around the back of the plywood. Use a staple gun to fasten the batting to the wood. Begin with two staples at the center of the top and two at the bottom. Follow with staples in the center of each side. Fold square corners on each corner and secure with additional staples. For large headboards, add staples as needed so you have one staple every 6 to 8 inches.

8. Repeat the previous step with the fabric, stapling the fabric to the plywood just past the spot where the batting is stapled.

9. Screw one side of a flush mount to the back of the headboard in the upper right corner, just past the edge of the fabric. Repeat in the left corner. Line the headboard up with the wall and mark the locations for the opposite side of the flush mounts. Screw the opposite flush mounts to the wall at the marks. Line up and attach the flush mounts to secure the headboard to the wall.

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