Sunday, March 30, 2014

Upholstered Headboard

So my husband and I purchased a new king mattress when we moved from North Carolina to Maryland. We wanted a nice big upholstered headboard, but the prices at the furniture stores were ridiculous. We decided that we would make our own, as I had made two by myself in the past. I will mention that although this task is fairly simple it does require patience and time.

What you need:

  • Particleboard (you chose your dimensions based on the size of your bed)
  • Upholstery (enough to cover your board)
  • Batting (from any fabric store)
  • Twine
  • Button Maker Kit & Buttons (based on how many you want)
  • Foam (you choose your thickness)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Drill
  • Upholstery need
  • Staple Gun
  • Ruler
  • Picture mount (I got mine from Lowes and it hold up to 100lbs)

  1. Have Lowes or Home Depot cut your particleboard based on the dimensions you chose.
  2. Using a measuring tape, mark where you would like your buttons to go on your board. I did two rows where the top had 3 buttons and the bottom row had 4 buttons. Use the drill to create the holes where your buttons will go.
  3. Lay your foam onto your board and by sections adhere it to the board using the adhesive spray. Make sure you leave a little foam to hang off all 4 ends. Once the foam is secured on the front use the staple gun to staple the excess foam to the back of the board.
  4. Cover the front of the board with batting and secure it by stapling the excess to the back of the board.
  5. Lay your upholstery onto a smooth flat surface and place your board on top of it. Be sure the side with the staples is facing you.
  6. Carefully pull the excess fabric to the back of the board and secure with the staple gun. Try to get the fabric as tight as possible to avoid the fabric sagging on the front of the board.
  7. Follow the directions on the button kid to make your desired number of buttons. Once the buttons are complete used an upholstery needle and twine to loop put each button in its hole. When secure the button/twine to the back of the board, try to pull really hard and to give the area around the bottom a puckered book. Once you are satisfied with the look of the button and the area around it, secure it to the back of the board using a staple gun. Repeat this process until all button are securely attached.
  8. So at this point your headboard is basically complete. It should look tight and everything should be securely attached to the back of the board with staples.
  9. The last thing you need to do is secure your headboard to the wall behind your bed. Using a tape measure, mark on your wall where you would like to hang your headboard and subsequently the wall mount. Follow the directions on the picture mount to securely attach it to the wall and then attach the other bracket to the back of your board. Lastly attach the board onto the corresponding bracket on the wall.

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