Making your headboard can be fun and creative. There are so many possibilities depending on the materials you choose. Try repurposing and recycling other items into a one of a kind headboard. This is a guide about making a headboard.
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My daughter and her husband have a huge bed and when the moved they needed a headboard. They decided to make it themselves.
They got a 4x6 foot sheet of plywood and covered it with this beautiful fabric that turns from brown to red to gold depending on the light. Instead of buying a large piece of foam rubber, they got one of those space foam mattress cushions. It was almost half the price, and regular foam turns brown and degrades over time.
They wanted an upholstered look with buttons, but wanted to simplify the project. Instead, they went to the home improvement store and bought brass drawer pulls and just screwed them through the fabric, the super foam and into the 3x4 inch plywood, with nothing poking out the back. The knobs had a short shank and worked perfectly.
The headboard is just beautiful and looks so professional with very little effort or money. The whole project cost less than $50.00. The only thing left to do was hang it on the wall.
I hope this little ditty helps inspire you and elevate your creativity. I know it did for me.
A cheap (new or used) door can make a good headboard. Laid on it's "side" of course and attached to the wall. Gardening fencing (iron, metal), or garden decorations of metal (2 or 3) look good also. Just attach to the wall.
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Husband and I just got rid of our waterbed, and have gone to a regular bed. But we can't find a headboard we like. We are thinking of making our own, but need ideas. We live in a new house, but it was built to resemble an old farmhouse. We have antiques all throughout the house, so, we are wanting to keep with this theme.
So far, my ideas have been to make a headboard (king) out of: old barn doors old wood panel door turned sideways 2 or 3 wagon wheels side by side
We would like more ideas, and husband is wanting something perhaps with a shelf.
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Making a Padded Headboard
I want to make a queen padded headboard using Styrofoam. How would I attach it to the wall? I want to hear from anyone who has made their own headboard.
Betty from Lubbock, TX
RE: Making a Padded Headboard
I think you should use 1/4 inch thin plywood and glue the styrofoam to the front. Why would you use styrofoam instead of foam rubber? Attach the plywood to the wall using "L" brackets or long drywall screws. (02/02/2008)
I mean using styrofoam INSTEAD OF PLYWOOD. I saw this on one of the decorating shows sometime ago but it did not show how it was attached to the wall. Styrfoam was used making it lighter; it was padded and covered like the board. Thanks for the tip about the L brackets. (02/03/2008)
RE: Making a Padded Headboard
I made my own padded and upholstered headboard once. I understand that using styrofoam would make it lighter, but I don't think it would be very sturdy, and would be more likely to come off the wall. Maybe you could attach the styrofoam to a very light piece of wood, like luan, just to give it some stability. (02/05/2008)
I made a headboard using foam poster board. I stapled 2 together and reinforced with strips across the back. Covered it with thick batting and a light fabric. I then made a slipcover of suede cloth. At this point you could tie in buttons if you wanted it tufted. I didn't because I use the light material for summer and the suede for winter. I put a 1x2 inch line with the connections on the bed frame and intended to connect it to the frame. I have not gotten that far because I stuck it behind the bed and it stays just fine. Turned out very nice and really inexpensive. (02/06/2008)