DIY Upholstered Headboard

When I began to plan the master bedroom “mini” makeover, I knew I wanted to remove our existing headboard and build a new one.  I wanted a softer look so, I decided to build/upholster a new one.

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I began the project by sketching the shape I wanted for the headboard. I then measured the width of my bed and determined my desired width and height for the headboard. I used that information to plan how I would build it….

While I love to browse around Home Depot and Lowes, I am adamant about having a detailed supply list when shopping for my materials.  Therefore, I planed every cut and created a supply list and cut list.

I made my purchases, drew the shape I wanted on my plywood, and cut it out.  Note: After drawing the first “curved” corner, I made a template to trace for the other one to make sure they would be exactly the same. I then duplicated it for the back.

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I sandwiched the legs between the front and back pieces of plywood.I added wood pieces around the top and bottom edges as well. This provided the thickness I wanted it to have and allowed the legs to be mostly concealed.

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I added smaller blocks of wood to mimic the curves.  I was then able to add the back piece.  Note:  I also added a few pieces of wood in the center to keep it sturdy and taunt.

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In hindsight, I should have upholstered (or painted) the legs before attaching them.  It would have been much easier than doing it after the fact.

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After attaching batting to the front side of the headboard, I drew a line around the edges  approximately three inches in to mark where I wanted the nail heads to go.  I stapled the batting along the line to create an indention.

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Next I added the fabric. I chose a gray “faux” velvet and feels incredible.  I am a texture person…I know it is silly.  However, if it doesn’t feel good to the touch, I don’t want it. I added a fabric chalk line around the indented edge to serve as a guide for keeping the nail heads straight.

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Once again, I stapled along the line where I wanted to place the nail heads to give it more definition….making sure to stay on the line.

Now here is the cool part. When I went shopping for nail heads, I didn’t like the look of the “faux” nail heads that come in a strip and you hammer in every fourth or fifth one.  I couldn’t find enough individual ones that matched to do the project either.  Yes, I know I could have ordered them and have them in 2 days, but I wasn’t patient enough for that.  So….I came up with a different idea….thumb tacks!  I stopped by the dollar tree and purchased several packs.  They obviously aren’t designed to work on this project so just hammering them in like a regular nail head wasn’t an option. The pins weren’t long enough.  So…what’s a girl to do?  When all else fails….grab a glue gun!  I snipped off the pins with wire cutters and glued the heads over the staple line.

I was amazed at how well it worked and I was very pleased with the end result.

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