Monday, August 17, 2009


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I have gotten numerous questions/emails about the headboard I made for my latest room redo. I’m so happy everyone loved it and I gotta say it’s one of my favorite parts of the room plus it was one of the easiest as well.

A quick trip to home depot and JoAnn’s and I arrived home with the following items:

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- 3 pieces of MDF (Home Depot)

- 3 picture hanging kits (Home Depot)

- Quilting batting – 72”x 90” size (JO ANNs)

- Spray Glue (Already had)

- 2 yards fabric - Home Seasons Pinwheel Parade (JO ANNs)

- Staple Gun & Staples (Already had)

Before you go out to Home Depot to purchase your MDF you need to measure the length of the bed. I needed to have my 3 pieces of wood total 57” in length and then for the height I played around with a variety of sizes. I didn’t want the pillows to cover the majority of it so I went with a height of 28”. This meant that I needed 3 pieces of MDF that were 19” x 28”.

Of course Home Depot didn’t have the perfect size in there pre-cut pieces, but I was able to find some that were close enough and Jon just fixed them to size at home. If you don’t have a table saw at home don’t worry. At Home Depot they can cut it to size for you.

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Next step is just cutting the batting to size. I doubled up in order to have it fluffy enough. Give the wood a little spray of glue and then just place it on.


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Ok we are almost done. Now you just have to staple the fabric around. Pay special attention to the corners.

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Woo hoo! Now one is done. You can go and finish up the other two boards.

Now I need to need come clean. Last step is adding the picture hanging kit. The nice part about this DIY step headboard is that you are not attaching it directly to your bed. You simply hang them where you want them like a picture. You can very easily remove them and swap out the fabric when you like.

I didn’t pay attention to the size of the screws in the picture hanging kit and they were too long. If I had used them they would come through the fabric!

Ah enter Jon who calmed down his hysterical wife. Went down to our shop that was still filled with everything from the previous home owners and found  a picture hanging kit that I will simply call vintage that had tiny little screws.

Crisis averted.

Once the picture hanging kits are in place you just need to hang them up. We found it worked best to nail the middle one first and then do the sides.

Final product:

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I can’t wait to try this again! You could even add some nail head trim around each panel, or do some tufting on each with a contrasting color for the buttons.

The varieties are endless.

This bed was a full/queen and it required three boards. I would use two for a twin bed and then for a king I would either size larger panels and keep it at 3 or go for a little extra and make it 4 panels.

I tested it out and it is very sturdy. You can lean on it as much as you want!

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Blogger Blair said...

So brilliant! Love it. You are one talented lady:)

August 17, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

the panels are so cute! and it would be so easy to upgrade to a bigger bed this way. great job!

August 17, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger carlee said...

Wow, that is really creative...and like you said what an easy way to switch out the fabric later if you wanted. thanks for sharing how to do! I definitely want to try it some day! Looks great!

August 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I REALLY have to try day... {sigh}

August 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! I always forget to take in-progress pictures. You're such a good blogger :)

August 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Nicole-Lynn said...

Looks great!

August 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

fantastic!!! :)

August 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Lynett said...

Just fabulous! Totally love that room!

August 17, 2009 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love the use of an odd number when doing any kind of project. It would be interesting to do a larger middle panel with narrower panels on either side. Thanks for a great idea.

August 17, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

What a great DIY project- I love how her room came out and the headboard makes it feel so chic!!

August 17, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

This looks amazing, Camila!! GREAT job! And thanks for the tutorial! So easy, but such a huge impact.


August 17, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Miss Madras said...

That is a fabulous idea! Thank you for posting the how to steps.

August 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Centsational Girl said...

How talented are you ? Could I love your fabric choice more? No. Lovely, my dear. I heart your headboard.

August 17, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thanks for the tutorial; I totally need to do this for my own bed! Love the fabric. Can't stop looking at it!

August 17, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger The Consummate Hostess said...

The headboard looks great! I will have to give this a try.

August 17, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Perfect timing for me to read this post. My stepdaughter, the one that wants me to do one of these for her, was sitting right here.

I really like that you did it in three panels. It makes it lighter for the wall and easier to deal with while making.

Thanks for posting your how to's.

August 17, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

I love it Cam! SO happy to see your work in "real life"!

August 17, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

I love that you did the 3 panels. Looks so great!

August 18, 2009 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Tamstyles said...

wow..great job. and it came out perfect.

August 18, 2009 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger maison21 said...

love a good DIY!

August 18, 2009 at 4:16 AM  
Blogger Design Esquire said...

It looks amazing, and I love the fabric! I made a headboard for our guest bedroom, and I love it. I was surprised how easy it was, and I made a huge impact.

August 18, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

I like how you did 3 panels. I've done one huge one before. But it looks so crisp to break it up. Good DIY:)

August 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Looks so great... I'm so impressed. Thanks for sharing!

August 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger down and out chic said...

look at you, it's amazing! great job and i really like your fabric choice.

August 19, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Wow, what a great project! I love that you picked a colorful patterned fabric.

August 19, 2009 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

You did a great job.!! I LOVE your DIY project. I will certainly visit Home Depot to get some cute stuff and try to make it my own.

August 22, 2009 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger said...

That's fantastic! I really like how you used the three panels. I'll be linking to this if you don't mind.

August 26, 2009 at 1:26 AM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

I have been saving DIY headboard ideas for a while and this one is by far my favorite. What a great idea and it is perfect for an apartment person like me!

October 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

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