Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY Headboard Project

It's been way too long since I've posted here at Home Decorating News, and to those who were kind enough to follow me, I apologize for that. An unexpected visit to the hospital over the summer put me behind on everything and trying to catch up has been a challenge. I am happy to say I finally completed the interior decorating course last month through Penn Foster College and I now have certification as an interior decorator! This will mean big changes for my website, HomeTreasureCove, as my plan is to combine decorating services with the home decor I sell online.

In the meantime, I will continue to write decorating articles for Demand Media and LoveToKnow, as well as keeping up here with great decorating and home improvement tips and ideas. I am really excited to provide this next guest post from the talented team over at, a great real estate website that offers homes for both purchasing and renting. As a matter of fact, I happen to be looking for my next home there myself! I could not pass up the opportunity to publish this great article they offered on making your own headboard, so here it is- enjoy!

How to Create a DIY Headboard
By Tali Wee of Zillow

Bedrooms should be at the forefront of homeowners’ design to-do lists as the bedroom is the first place seen
in the morning and the last at night. The average individual spends one third of his or her life in peaceful slumber, and the bedroom is the dedicated sanctuary for that essential activity. However, homeowners often look past the d├ęcor of their private rooms.

The bed is typically the focal point of a bedroom and an ideal place to begin designing. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to personalize a bed is by creating a one-of-a-kind upholstered headboard. 

Custom-made furniture in a bedroom can transform the entire feel and mood of the room. Headboards are a wonderful expression of personality, often customized by shapes, coverings and embellishments.

Before crafting, check out current homes on the market for popular bedroom designs, or get inspired by exploring design-forward bedrooms on Zillow Digs. Once settled on the ideal look, gather a few tools and basic building materials to create the feature piece for the bedroom. Here is how to get started.

The Materials:
-          4 feet x 8 feet medium-density fibreboard (depending on size of bed)
-          Mattress pad (choose one size up from the bed)
-          Large roll of wool batting
-          Cover fabric of choice
-          Buttons, upholstery pins or embellishments and trim of choice
-          Wax twine for button threading
The Tools:
-          Large upholstery needle
-          Jigsaw for cutting fibreboard
-          Nail gun
-          Spray glue
-          Marker, craft scissors and craft knife
-          Needle nose pliers
-          Rubber mallet

The Method:
1.       Choose a headboardstyle and headboard fabric. Busy and bold prints look great in neutral toned rooms, whereas softer, simpler patterns can be coupled with bold embellishments, button tufts and trim. 

2.       Create the frame using fibreboard. Measure the width of the bed in order to get the desired amount of fibreboard. Depending on the size of bed, an average size to start with for a queen size bed is 4 feet x 8 feet. Curved or rounded edges can be traced using household items such as tin cans or containers, and cut using a jigsaw.

3.       Using the completed frame as a stencil, trace onto the mattress pad, and cut out using a craft knife. Adhere to the frame using spray glue. 

4.       Secure the mattress pad onto the frame with a layer of batting; secure the excess by folding the batting over the edges of the frame with a nail gun.

5.       Begin covering with fabric by starting from the middle of each side and working to the corners. Secure the excess over the edges of the frame with a nail gun.

The Details:
-          DIY Buttons: Use button cover kits to create custom buttons in the same fabric as the headboard or choose different colored buttons for a bolder, more creative look.

-          Button Tufts: Get this classic quilted look by sewing buttons into the headboard. Before adhering the mattress pad to the frame, mark and drill small holes through the fibreboard where buttons are desired, then adhere the mattress pad and continue to cover with batting and fabric. Using the twine and needle, start at the reverse side of the headboard, push needle and thread through each hole, piercing the mattress pad on the other side, thread button and poke back through. The twine can be secured on the reverse side of the headboard using a nail gun.

-          Nailhead Trim: A studded trim border looks sleek and stylish. Nailhead trim kits are quick and easy to use and the end result looks great. Use needle nose pliers to stabilize the nail and mallet to secure into the headboard. Use a mallet rather than a regular hammer to avoid damaging the nail head.

-          Embellishments: The options are endless here; get creative by including felt, lace, mirrors, sequins, beads or even fairy lights.

Creating a custom headboard is a great way to start personalizing the bedroom. Follow up this home improvement project with a matching bedspread, chalk paint bedside table, refurbished lamp and do-it-yourself art. Soon the bedroom should feel full of character.

Thank you, Tali Wee and Zillow!