Make a Headboard for Your Bed

Introduction: Make a Headboard for Your Bed

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!!

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:

Staple gun / Staples (3/8" long)

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.

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

Step 2: Add the Padding

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

Step 3: STAPLE!!

Staple the edges so that they don't have a 'bumpy' appearance when you're done.

Step 4: Drape and Center Fabric

I loosely draped fabric over the batting and centered it so that it would look nice when its done. 

Once I was happy with the way it looked I tacked it into place with a few staples by lifting it up and stapling the back.

Step 5: Trimming and Stapling Some More

After I tacked it down, I cut away the excess and stapled down the sides and top

Step 6: Smooth Out the Wrinkles

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.

Step 8: Enjoy!!

Attach to your bed and enjoy!! 
It took me about 2 hours to complete, but I was being really thorough.

Thanks for checking out my instrucable!

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    4 years ago

    Good job, but I think you mean OSB rather than USB.


    11 years ago on Step 8

    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.


    11 years ago on Step 8

    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!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    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!