Yesterday I promised you a tutorial on how to make this headboard. I used the little tiny point and shoot camera for these photos so I know they aren't the best but it was easy to stick in my pocket in between steps.
Supplies: Amounts will vary according to what size of headboard you want to make. We spent about $87 on our supplies. The fabric was the most expensive thing. We made one for a King Size Bed so we bought:
- 1 2'x8' ½” plywood (could go with 3/4”)
- 1 4”x4” 8' post
- 2 post caps
- 3 2”x2” 8' boards
- box of 1 1/2” screws
- box of 3” screws
- 3 buttons to cover
- upholstery fabric
These last three items were purchased at Hancock's Fabrics, while the other items were purchased at our local lumberyard, Menards.
Measure and cut your fabric to size. This fabric will cover the end posts so I need two pieces.
While I was cutting the fabric and one layer of batting for each post, Dennis got our supplies ready and started marking the 4x4, makes sure your lines are straight.
We just cut it in half, to make two four foot tall sections. Make sure to cut straight.
Next we laid the fabric out, wrong side up, along with the batting, then laid the post on top. We tacked one end down along the side of the post, making sure to leave some fabric at each end. Then we wrapped the post tightly, making sure there were no wrinkles. Make sure your batting is not too long or it will bulge on the end and your headboard won't stand up right or it will have a bumpy top. We left ours down from the top just a bit so the cap would fit on without issue.
We used an air stapler to attach the fabric but you could use a hand stapler or even upholstery tacks. We folded the cut edge of fabric under to give it a more finished look, then stapled it. If your fabric is not very heavy you will probably want to use some cardboard in this folded edge to help prevent fraying. Once you've done both posts just set them aside. We'll do the ends later.
Next we attached a 2x2 to each long edge of the plywood with 1 1/2” screws.
That done, we measured and cut 2x2s to fit on each end.
Since the screw will go all the way through these 2x2s we pre-drilled the holes to help prevent them from splitting.
Then attached these pieces to our nearly finished posts with 3” screws at the height we wanted the backboard to be. We left some room at the top to allow for our caps and made sure the backboard was low enough to be below the mattress. Be sure to measure accurately so that the height is the same on both posts.
You will notice the stapled edge of our fabric covering, that is the back of the post, the part that will be against the wall. We placed our 2x2s at the very back of the post but you could do it anywhere you want.
Dennis used this neat little tool to make sure the post and board stayed flush.
Now it's time to attach your end post to your backboard. The 1 1/2” screws can handle this job. Make sure the boards stay snug together while you're screwing them in place.
We pushed against the boards to keep them snug. Me at one end and Dennis on the other, both pushing to keep things tight.
Finally, we finished the ends of each end post by folding the fabric like you wrap the ends of a present and stapled them down.
We did the same thing to the tops.
We cut two layers of batting to fit the backboard. It needs to fit lengthwise perfectly, and be wide enough to wrap around over the top and under the bottom to be affixed on the back. I think you can see where we stapled the ends. Make sure to keep this layer smooth, your wrinkles will show up through your fabric.
Next you cover the batting with your fabric. If it has a pattern like ours does then you'll need to keep an eye on that pattern. Make sure to pull the fabric taunt and keep it smooth.
Wrap it all the way to the back to attach it to those top and bottom 2x2s. We simply folded under the ends, next to the posts and while you could glue them down or something we haven't found any problem with them being simply folded. This headboard has been in use for over a month now.
After covering our buttons in fabric we drilled three holes evenly spaced where we wanted them in the backboard and used small cording to attach them. I happened to have these small spools around so we tied the cording to them to keep the buttons on.
This is the point that if you wanted to you could finish out this back with fabric attached to all 2x2s, but we just left it open as it's going against a wall.
Stand it up and admire your work. This is the point you may want to pre-drill some holes to attach your frame to. Make sure to measure accurately, you don't want your bed to hover, or you headboard for that matter.
We finished off the top posts with the post caps, you could actually use these on the bottoms of the post if you wanted too.
So there you have it a headboard completed in just a couple of hours for under $100. We're using this one in our guest room so of course we had to go out and buy new bedding to coordinate.