easy upholstered Headboard DIY

chicaflairheadboarddiy

When we were preparing the baby's room we knew we had to include some type of bed in there b/c we would need to use it as an additional guest room in the future. Now, the dilemma was what to get. Here were the options...

  • Get a traditional twin bed
  • Get a daybed 
  • Get a sofa bed

Our first choice was going to be a sofa bed but when we started looking we realized how expensive they were. So, we went on to look for either a daybed or a traditional twin bed with headboard/footboard. And again, boy were they expensive. Well, I think it's because we seem to have expensive taste, one that does not line up with our wallet. :) 

So we kept looking and looking everywhere! I mean, Walmart, Target, Wayfair, Craigslist, Amazon....you name it, we looked it up! And then, as we were clearing our storage room, trying to make room for stuff I came across the VILSHULT IKEA picture we had bought about 7 years or more ago. We were going to either throw it away, give it away or sell it on craigslist. But...that's when the Aha! moment came. I said to Alex, "take this to the baby's room...I'm gong to see if I can turn this into a headboard". He looked at me weird but took it upstairs anyway. 

Here's the picture. 

When I placed it against the mattress/box spring it fit pretty good. Aaahhh....a project had now begun. Now, I needed to get foam, fabric, find out how I was going to attach it and what I was going to use to embellish it. So, here's what I did. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Since foam is expensive I opted for a much cheaper option giving me the same results. I opted for this foam mattress pad from Walmart. It only cost me $12. Can't beat that!

Since foam is expensive I opted for a much cheaper option giving me the same results. I opted for this foam mattress pad from Walmart. It only cost me $12. Can't beat that!

A staple gun. I got mine from Homedepot. I think it was $15. Get staples long enough to go through the foam/fabric and into the frame.

A staple gun. I got mine from Homedepot. I think it was $15. Get staples long enough to go through the foam/fabric and into the frame.

Sure you can go to a fabric store like Joanns to get it but you'll end up spending a ton of money for a nice thick material. But, why? You can just head to tany other store that sells curtains and get a great piece of fabric for way way cheaper. I got mine from Target for only $25. Only thing you have to make sure is that the curtain is wide/long enough to cover your frame.

Sure you can go to a fabric store like Joanns to get it but you'll end up spending a ton of money for a nice thick material. But, why? You can just head to tany other store that sells curtains and get a great piece of fabric for way way cheaper. I got mine from Target for only $25. Only thing you have to make sure is that the curtain is wide/long enough to cover your frame.

MAKING YOUR HEADBOARD

STEP 1: Okay, began by laying the foam on the floor. Stretch it out as much as you can without reaping it. Make sure the 'ripples' are facing up.

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STEP 2: Lay the wall picture on top of the foam.

STEP 3: Began to staple the foam to the picture. I started on the longer edges first and started in the middle, then I moved to the short edges. When you get to the corners, cut off some of the foam so it's not too thick, otherwise, your staples won't be able to get all the way to the board.

STEP 4: Lay your curtain on the floor. Make sure to iron it if its too wrinkled. You'll regret it later if you don't. I just laid mine on the carpet and ironed away. 

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STEP 5: Lay the stapled foam picture on top of the curtain (foam face down). Cut off any excess fabric you don't want. I ended up leaving some of of the extra fabric just in case I wanted to use it in the future. And since it won't be seen, it didn't matter what it looked like. :)

STEP 6: Start to staple the fabric to the board. I followed the same technique I did with the foam. Start with one of the longer edges in the middle. Once that's done, move to the other long edge but make sure to pull the fabric as tight as you can. Then, move to the short edges, again, pulling as tight as you can. Leave the corners to the end. Once you're done, this is what you end up with.

I didn't attach our headboard to the bed frame. The finished headboard was tall enough to just lay it on the floor which meant I didn't even have to hang it. I did try to see how it would look if I would hang it but it would have been way too tall for my taste. I will be attaching the top of the headboard to the wall (just so it won't move) with 3 inch command strips

And here's what it looks like so far...

I still want to finish it with either ribbon (maybe a greek design frame), nail heads, or buttons to make it tufted. So we'll see what I end up doing. Right now, it's a toss. Stay tuned as I showcase it in the final baby room reno reveal. 

Till next time! 

Little Lad's Room

I have to say that after decorating our home and also our church I had no desire to began another decorating project any time soon. I thought I was done till little lad decided to come into our lives. 

I had NO idea what I was going to do. The only thing I knew for sure was...

  • I didn't want the room to be 'too' kiddish'. Meaning...didn't want to make kiddie murals or anything like that. I wanted the room to look like something that we could easily change as he got older.
  • The room had to function as an optional guest room so we needed to fit a bed or sofa bed in there somehow.

It took me forever to come up with the first color I wanted in the room but Alex bought into it quickly. NAVY! So, the first thing I bought for the room was the navy curtains and I love them. Now, my other choices of colors took a little more convincing for Alex and it wasn't till we painted the room and the closet that daddy was all in! And then, adding the other elements in the room just sealed it for him. Phew! 

We are still not done with the room. Still have to put stuff on walls, stain the legs we added to the box spring bed we got, add shelving in the closet and in the room, get some type of bookcase or shelving for more storage and well, you know, add all those little things that will finish the room. But for now, I wanted to give you a little peek so you can see the progress we've made so far. 

WHAT WE STARTED WITH...

This was the only room in the house that we had not painted since we moved in. I was happy to see that yellow-peachy color go. At some point I wanted to turn the closet into one of those cute closet-offices you see around on pinterest but now it will be the place where the dresser-changing-table will go.

THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE...

So far, I'm happy with the results. Finding all those cute boy decorations to finish the room is the next challenge. I've found so many great deals on the furniture pieces. One of the best ones was the pouf ottoman...OH THAT POUF! I'm in love. If you search for them online you'll see that they can cost from $80 to even over $200. Yeah, my wallet was not going to spend that much. So, I randomly kept going into the same stores each week to see if I would get lucky. AND I DID! This one only cost me $40!!! Can't beat that. Same thing happened with the wood side table. Oh I love it too! Okay, I'm loving tons of things about this room so I won't bore you. But the other thing that I did managed to save a ton of money on was the tufted headboard...it costs us $30 altogether. I will be posting the tutorial in the future. Okay, here's what we have so far! 

UPDATE: You can see the tutorial for the headboard here.


Well, there you have it! Stay tuned for more updates!