4 Easy Steps to a New Headboard
Spring showers mean it's the perfect time to tackle indoor do-it-yourself tasks. Here's a quick-and-simple project to brighten up your bedroom.
Spring showers mean it's the perfect time to tackle indoor do-it-yourself tasks. I was dying for a sky blue headboard but since I like to redecorate often, I didn't want to shell out money for one and decided to make one myself. While I wanted to keep this project quick and simple, I wasn't sure how to go about it. Then, l stumbled on the answer at Bed, Bath, and Beyond: Use several French memo boards as a base for the frame of the headboard that I'd mount on the wall above the mattress. Here's how to do it in 4 easy steps.
Deconstruct the Memo Board
Remove the buttons (mine were glued on so they were fairly simple to pop off) and take the ribbon off as well. Leave the base fabric on to add stability for your own fabric and prevent it from looking "saggy."
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Choose the Fabric
When you pick out your cloth, keep in mind that your pillows or head will be rubbing against the headboard so stay away from materials like wool that can't handle a lot of abrasion and loosely knit fabrics which stretch from normal wear and tear and start to droop. I found a woven fabric with a very slight amount of stretch to be the best choice as I could pull it tightly and get a smooth surface. For each board you'll be using, buy a piece that's the size of the frame plus about 2 to 3 inches on either side. That way it will be large enough to wrap around the frame but there won't be excess to trim off.
Staple Gun Your Cloth
Lay your fabric flat and center the board in the middle. Staple gun the fabric to the back of one side of the board and then pull the opposite side taut and staple it. Fold in one corner neatly and, if necessary, staple it to hold it down. Wrap the third side of the frame with fabric and staple it; repeat the above process for the other side. Now, you have one board created. Repeat this procedure for as many boards as you need to achieve your desired headboard size.
Hang Your New Headboard
Since I know I'll probably be redecorating again in the near future, I didn't want to use anything that would leave a mark on the walls to hang the headboard. I opted for 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips which stuck to my fabric. If you find they don't adhere to yours, you can staple gun the strips to the frame and then stick them to the wall. Make sure to line up your headboard before you stick it to the wall.