Well I am happy to announce our DIY upholstered headboard with nail head trim is finally up in our bedroom. I added nailhead only to the edges, but think I am going to continue to run it fully across. This room has yet to be shown on the blog, so this is a partial sneak peek.
This headboard has some sentimental value. I created it using an old queen sized quilt my husband had on his bed growing up. It was to the point of fully distressed wear and tear and so stained that I just wanted to throw it away. But my husband couldn’t part from his “blankey” (don’t let him know I just shared that:-). The quilt has now become the cushioning of our new headboard. It was perfect to use as it is thin enough to staple on keeping a smooth finish against the wood and behind the canvas fabric. Better yet, it is free! The total cost of this project ended up being about $75.
Using a saw has always been on my to-do-list… here we go… off to Home Depot to get our wood then let the sawing begin!
What you need for your DIY upholstered headboard:
- staple gun
- nailhead trim
- old quilt or padding
- picture mounting brackets
We also used painters drop cloth canvas material for the fabric. I have always loved earthy textured fabrics and the brownish colored drop cloth fits the room. It’s funny, the fabric looked very brown when we put it together downstairs, but upstairs against our blue wall it looks more purple. At $15 for the entire covering of fabric, I am a happy camper!
For the nailhead trim you can nail individual nails (which takes FOREVER!) into your board or use a trim that is less of a hassle. I started with the individual nails because I was too impatient to wait for shipping of the trim. I highly suggest using the trim. It is easier to line the nails straight and takes less time as your nailing every few not EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Steps to making your headboard:
- Measure the width of your bed, adding about 2 inches on either side (can extend all the way to floor or made short like ours). Get wood, fabric and padding (or old quilt) to size.
- Draw your size with a pencil and cut with a saw. Sand down the edges until smooth and not sharp in the corners.
- On a table or floor place the fabric down. On top of the fabric place your quilt or padding. On top of the padding place your wood (so you have three layers).
- Cut the corners of your padding to avoid extra bumpiness when you are stapling it together.
- Fold the padding and fabric over your board pulling very tightly and staple on an angle with a staple gun. You do not need too much pressure as the wood is soft and to prevent the gun from shooting through the fabric.
- When finished flip over. Measure about 1 inch away from the edges around the sides and top and mark with a pencil about every 4 inches (guideline for trim placement). Then nail your trim into the board about 1 inch from the edge.
- Using brackets, hang and enjoy!
I am smitten how simple and modern ours turned out! Headboards are an essential piece of furniture in a bedroom as it creates a focal point when you enter the room. And most importantly, a feeling of security when sleeping. We upgraded from a queen to a cal-king size bed last Christmas and have not gotten around to a new headboard until now. And I really feel after adding just a headboard, sleep has become a greater enjoyment in this (almost) completed space.