I love our bed… just love it. What I didn’t love was the headboard. We like to sit in bed and watch TV, read, and use our computers. The headboard we have is not comfortable for leaning back on. The open rails are pretty, but horrifically uncomfortable when your head falls between them to the wall behind. Ugh.
Here’s a picture of our bed from the Ballard Designs catalog.
So to help remedy our problem, I decided to add a padded piece to make it more comfortable and share it with you all! I’ve got a few pictures of the process, but I’m pretty sure most of you know how to make a headboard. So, I won’t bore you with a lot of the details.
The first step was to head to Lowe’s for plywood and hardware. I measured the headboard and had Lowe’s cut down a piece of plywood for us. My Lowe’s will cut lumber for 25 cents a cut (the first two cuts are free). It helps me to be able to get the wood in the car and I don’t have to cut it when I get home. I can’t cut plywood straight to save my life… It’s probably user error or it might be that I am trying to cut it with a jigsaw and a dull blade! 🙂
Next, you will need to start padding the wood. The first layer is foam (Thanks to Pinterest I saved a lot of money by buying a foam mattress pad instead of craft foam!). Cut the foam to size and adhere it to your wood. I find it’s easiest to use spray adhesive to adhere the foam.
Next, cut a piece of quilt batting for the next layer. Wrap it around the foam and wood and staple it to the back with a staple gun.
So far, you should have three layers that look like this before you have stapled the batting layer:
When it comes to stapling the batting (and fabric), I find it’s easiest to start in the middle of each side. Then, turn your piece over to make sure the material is flat and straight. Do the corners last by wrapping them like a present.
For the fabric, I found a great fabric from Waverly that is the same brown in our bedding, but it also had a hint of robin’s egg blue (our accent color) running through the herringbone texture.
Next, cut a piece of your fabric and wrap the wood piece the same way you did the batting. Try to be extra careful making sure the fabric is straight and the corners are neat.
Finally, the headboard was done! Now, it’s time to attach it to the bed.
In Lowe’s, I found some pipe straps in the electrical department. I used four straps across the top horizontal rail and four along the vertical rails to keep the headboard secure. To protect the rails from scratching, I wrapped the rails in pieces of contact paper (non-adhesive) before adding the straps.
Once it’s attached, now it’s just a matter of re-dressing the bed and adding some reading lights! I love how it turned out! Our bedroom used to be a bright red, and I’ve been working hard to try to make the space more calming and serene. I am really loving how it’s coming together!! Let me know what you think!
Hope you all have a great week!