Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DIY headboard

I was recently in a store and fell in love with a bed similar to this one.  We have a queen mattress in our new spare bedroom downstairs -but no headboard, time for a DIY!!!

Serena and Lily's Version - $1450

My Version - under $100

Here is the breakdown:
batting from Hobby Lobby - Full size, extra loft $15 each (2 bags, I got one 40% off) total $25
fabric from Hancock Fabrics $30 (2 yards)  - depending on your fabric this price can vary
36x60" piece of plywood - cut to size at home depot $22
1 roll of nail head trim (Joann's $19.99 - but I used a 50% off coupon) $10

You don't need to buy this much batting if you use foam.  I didn't use foam because I knew the nailhead trim would have a tough time going through foam.  Fold the batting in half- it will still be large enough to wrap around all the sides of the plywood (so with two bags of batting you end up with 4 layers of batting).  The nails went through 4 layers of batting just fine and that was enough batting to give it a nice soft feel.

Before beginning I researched a little on the internet and found some great instructions here and here.   It only took about 30 min. to lay down the fabric, then the batting then the plywood.  Wrap the fabric around the back of the plywood and staple in place.  

Next I drew out my design right on the fabric so that I had a guide to follow for the nail head trim.

The "real" nails only go in every 5th one so that makes for easy installation.  I found I could overlap the corners and nail through two holes of trim which worked out nicely!
The sides of my square measured 2.5" which allowed for a real nail on each end.

It took around 30 min. to get the nailhead trim in place.  Finally attach D-rings and heavy duty wire and hang on the wall just like you would a large picture or mirror.  
So total time - 1 hour!!!!  I had no idea what an easy and cheap DIY project this would be!!!  I don't mind spending some time on projects that produce a great result - but I REALLY loved this project because it took hardly any time at all and I got a great result!!!  I highly recommend trying this project out.  Again check out these websites for more instructions (click here and here).  

Because this is a guest room (and probably a future boys room since I have 4!) I went with a basic neutral headboard but I think a fun fabric would look awesome too.  If I ever do decide to change it out- I could easily re-use the batting and plywood and simply swap out the fabric for a quick and easy change that would only cost around $30!

 I sewed all the pillows for the bed myself.  I found the fabric at Hancock Fabrics.  It was on sale for 40% so ended up being $6 a yard.  I used 1 yard for each pillow.  So $6 a pillow was a great deal!

There will be more to come on this room (someday)- but for now it is ready for our first guests, my brother and his wife and new baby are coming to stay this Christmas and I'm so excited!


  1. Love it! What is the color of the room?

    1. Same as so many other rooms in my house - Benjamin Moore's Ozark Shadows and I had the paint store lighten it by 50%

  2. So inspiring!
    Amy's Casablanca is turning into a priceless source of good inspiration.
    Happy and Joyful Holidays!

  3. This looks so good! Oh, Amy, you've done it again! :-) Can't wait to come visit

  4. This is a great idea! So simple, too. Our guest room bed needs a headboard, too. May use this idea. We have guest coming in for Christmas, as well.

    Thank you for sharing.


  5. Thanks for sharing! The headboard looks great!

  6. I've been looking online for a DIY headboard tutorial that I like and I love yours. Love the use of nailhead trim and the pattern you're using. Will probably make something similar. Thanks for the info!

  7. I love the color of your bedroom. What color is it exactly, do you know?
    I have a basement room to finish for my college boy and that's a nice color. Do you think it would be too dark? I'm on my way to try your headboard right now!

    1. Thanks! The color is Benjamin Moore's Ozark Shadows (lightened 50%) It is definitely not too dark - this is a basement room too.