I have wanted a headboard for some time and have been reading tutorials on how to diy an upholstered headboard. For my first project I ruled out making a tufted headboard because it just looked too frustrating. I mostly followed a post from FrecklesChick but I modified it some due to the materials we already had and some other unexpected challenges. We also made it much thicker than hers since it was going to be in our master bedroom.
We have a California King size bed. You need to measure your bed to see how wide you want your wood (a bit wider than the bed on each side and tall enough that it won't be hidden behind pillows). We were lucky enough to have a huge piece of rounded corner wood in our garage from the previous owner's workbench we took down so we could park the car inside. This piece of wood extended about 6 inches extra on each side of the bed and was tall enough that we didn't need to hang it on the wall MUCH to my relief since we are hit and miss with hanging things on the wall. If you will be hanging your headboard, buy a strong D ring set and a stud finder and level.
The cost of this project really depends on what materials you already have laying around. We didn't have to buy wood because we had some, but we had to buy TWO staple guns because the first one was terrible and didn't work. I'd say, depending on what coupons you have and sales are going on, you can make this headboard for between $100 and $200. The fabric was what I thought would be most expensive and ended up being one of the cheapest purchases. Price shop, take your time. I was impatient and wanted to get it done that day so we didn't really plan for the absolute cheapest headboard we could make.
1. A piece of plywood or wood big enough for the size headboard you want. You can also use pegboard--I looked at some lattice too thinking that would be lighter and easier to hang but you'd probably have to put some foam board on the side that you would be putting the batting and foam so that you didn't see the holes where the lattice work was. Your hardware store will cut the piece to the size you want.
2. Fabric. You will need something that you can iron before you put it on the headboard and fabric that is thick enough that you won't see the batting through. It doesn't have to be upholstery fabric though. You need at least 6 extra inches of fabric around the size of the board you are using. We went to JoAnn's and found some pretty grey suede that was on sale for 50% off, then another 50% off, then I had a 25% off my total purchase coupon....I think it was $18 for four yards. I thought I would have WAY more fabric left over at the end but I didn't--just enough for one extra accent pillow. I would get at least one more yard than you think you need because you don't know how thick the batting and foam will make your headboard until you start to staple. You also don't need to use fabric--you can use sheets or curtains or shower curtains--just find something that will go with your linens. This gray works with all of our linens (white, gray, light green) except the tan ones...tan and gray look TERRIBLE together in our room for some reason. So neutrals are great.
3. Foam: We went to Bed Bath and Beyond because it's down the street from my house as opposed to Target which is WAY far away but probably would have been cheaper. We bought an egg crate mattress topper and had to cut it to fit because the shape of the headboard is different than a mattress shape.
4. Batting: I bought two queen sized battings at JoAnn's--again these were on sale.
5. If you are hanging the headboard: Level, D rings, Stud finder--I bought these things and then didn't use them.
6. Staple Gun: Get a good one. We started with the cheapest we could find and it didn't work at all. So we had to go back to Osh at 8pm on a Saturday night in the rain to get a more expensive better one. We bought a Craftsman--it was fantastic!
7. Rubber mallet--you can get them at the craft store or hardware store.
8. Painter's tape--you can get at the craft store or hardware store,=.
9. Decorative Nailhead Trim Kit: So worth it! But bring a coupon--they run about $20 at JoAnn's.
10. A Painter's Tarp: We did this project in the dining room because it was pouring rain and the garage was wet and freezing. And we just had our carpets cleaned--Thanks Jose and Linda!
How to Steps:
1. Lay out your tarp and place your wood on top. We had crazy nails on ours since it was a workbench we ripped out of the wall so I had to deal with that. It was also disgustingly dirty. Depending on what wood you get you may need to wipe it down...isn't that towel disgusting.
Ralph came to check out what I was doing. This is his "I am not amused" face.
Hello new staple gun!
This is what the nailhead trim kit looks like. It looks really fancy after you hammer it in.