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!

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 décor 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. 

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:
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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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

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!

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