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Make a Headboard for your Bed

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Have you ever felt like your bedroom was missing something?  Do you live in an apartment and can't paint the walls?  Try a headboard!!
 
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Step 1: Materials

This is my first instructable, so be kind and help me out if you see any glaring mistakes!!

You will only need a few materials for this project:

Wood
Staple gun / Staples (3/8" long)
Hammer
Screwdriver
Screws
Nails
Batting
Fabric

I found a piece of 1/2 inch USB board at Home Depot in the "scrap area" (marked 75% off) and had them cut it to 5' x 2' for my queen size bed.  Also in the scrap area I found the least warped piece of   1" x 3" pine board and had them cut me two  2.5" sections for the legs.

I got a piece of batting and fabric that was 54" wide and 6 feet long.

Cost:
Fabric / batting- $23
Wood- $7
Nails, screws, staples- use what you have lying around




Step 2: Add the padding

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Fold the batting length wise and place the wood over it.  Try to center it as best you can.


Step 6: Smooth out the wrinkles

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Just smooth out the wrinkles, and add more staples until all the edges are no longer bumpy looking.

Step 7: Add the legs

I put the screws into the legs Using some trial and error, I managed to get the screws to line up with the brackets on the bed frame.

I had to make the legs on a crazy angle so that they wouldn't be overlapping the sides and visible, due to the positioning of the brackets on the bed frame.

Celticangel2 years ago
If you are a sewer, make the original with a simple cotton then You can whip up a cover whenever you want to change the fabric.
chrissysno3 years ago
This looks great! I can't wait to try it myself. I wouldn't change a thing.
(and I love the color and style that you used.)
Great job!
ToniB3 years ago
Inspiring, and simple enough that even I might be able to pull it off. Thanks for the idea. I'll post pics if it comes out okay.
CrLz4 years ago
Beautiful headboard!
karen6084 years ago
I adore the fact the wood was 75% off, and I really like your fabric choice. Very modern, you did a fine job, inspiring me to try something similar, but I may need to use a vinyl as it gets pretty messy at my house!