October 3, 2009

headboard project

Ever since we moved into our new house, I've intended on making a headboard for my guest bedroom. I've had the plywood for it for months, but that was as far as I got. One day when my neighbor Holly came by, she noticed my plywood in the garage and I told her what I planned to do with it. She's been wanting to make a headboard too, so we decided we'd tackle the project together!

Getting all the materials was probably the most difficult part. Holly got the 3" foam and batting, and I found my fabric at Ikea. Since I picked striped fabric, I had to buy extra to sew pieces together so that the stripes would be vertical. I decided on a 4' tall headboard to make it the focal point in the room.

Here's the Guest Room before, as I am measuring the fabric out.

Once we had all the materials together, Holly and Jamie came over and we sprawled everything out in the empty Bonus Room.

First we glued the foam to the plywood, then covered it all with a layer of batting. Next, we covered it with the fabric and stapled it all to the back.

And, Voila! The finished headboard!

I had some leftover fabric, so I made an accent pillow out of it. I think it really ties in the bedding with the headboard. Here is what the guest room looks like now!

While I was at Ikea picking out the fabric, I found this sheer, cream fabric that works perfectly as drapes for the room. It was on clearance, so I couldn't pass it up. I'd never sewn anything like this before, but it was really simple. Just a couple of hems, and you're done!

The project seemed really ambitious at first, but once we got going it was really simple. Everyone's headboard turned out GREAT! A big thanks to Holly and Jamie for finally pinning me down to get it done!
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17 comments:

  1. Looking good, very impressive.

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  2. You are turning into a regular Martha Stewart aren't you?

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  3. The headboard makes the bed look better!! Great job! And it didn't seem like it would be too hard to do.

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  4. Wow, that looks great!! What a big difference it makes and the fabric matches your existing sheets/comforter perfectly. I like the window sheers too.

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  5. awesome job:) looks just like project runway:::)))))

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  6. Wow, I'm really impressed. I like the accent pillow, it brings it all together.

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  7. Enjoying your site - the headboard does make a big difference, and you also get that 'sense of accomplishment' which is an extra - wow !

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  8. awww...it looks great!! You're so creative and motivated.

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  9. Love it! Now I need to get motivated to do one :) How did you hang it??

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  10. TwinsanityMom - To hang it, I just got some wall mounts that you screw directly to the wall. Just like mounting a flat screen TV.

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  11. Well done! What a difference! The bed was so naked with out the headboard and now it looks very homey and welcoming for your guests! I love the sheers too!

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  12. I am now motivated to do mine :) I will post pics for you when I am finished :)

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  13. Looks fantastic! So Martha Stewart of you!!

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