Tuesday, January 15, 2013

diy upholstered headboard - inspiration

I'm not exactly always a DIY-er. I fancy myself as one, but I need to face reality that I am not a DIY maven. After researching a project that I want to tackle more often than not I don't execute - friends call, dinner plans get made, we're out of town again - I have 100 excuses. Not this weekend!

I have spent more time than I care to count looking for the "perfect" upholstered headboard for our new King size bed, but price keeps getting in the way. I'm done looking and trying to justify spending the $500, and I am going to make my own. Today's post is all about DIY upholstered headboard inspiration.

I've found a number of sites with tips, tricks and guidelines and here are a few of the sites I've found that have great tips, beautiful headboards and they're easy to execute.

Design-Aholic was the first tutorial I found, and Amy introduced me to the genius of a nail head trim kit that takes the guessing out of nailhead spacing! (aka my kind of trick!)

image source: design-aholic.blogspot.com

From Design-Aholic, I found Centsational Girl's tutorial. Kate gave very specific details and instructions, most important to me, how much quilt batting to use to "pad" the headboard- 3 layers. Since she has made a headboard or two before for her home, Kate shared new ideas and lessons learned. Much needed for this girl!

image source: centsationalgirl.com

Then I thought...hmm...I really love the winged headboard look from Restoration Hardware (insert crazy price here) - I wonder how hard that could be to do myself?

Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs made one for herself, and she even went as far as to make it tufted! (ehh..might be a bit much for me -another excuse, I know, but it did make me think twice about going a bit more "fancy" in my design).

image source: sarahmdorseydesigns.blogspot.com

That said, I do want to do something a bit more than a rectangle headboard. I found an easy shape (Belgrave style) that's made by creating a curve with a compass and a jigsaw + the fabric I never knew I wanted (matelasse fabric-see image below) from Sara's blog Running from the Law.

image source: runninglawyer.blogspot.com

The last piece of the puzzle is to determine whether I'll affix the headboard to wall like Kate or create legs for it like Rachel from Southern Exposure.

image source: southernexposure1.squarespace.com

So after all the research, contemplating, lusting, etc., I've come to my list I'll need to create the Belgrave style shape DIY headboard this weekend. And you have my word - I will be accomplishing this project on Saturday!

  • 1/2" plywood that's 2 inches wider than my bed frame
  • Nailhead trim kit (absolute must)
  • Neutral Matelasse fabric (3 yds to fit our King Size bed)
  • Quilting batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Compass
  • Jig Saw
  • Rubber Mallet - for securing the nailhead
  • Legs or attachment hardware...TBD...

Have you ever made a headboard? Do you have any tips or ticks I should keep in mind? Any preference for fabrics, nailhead trim kits?  

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