Big and Beautiful Bed Headboard




I had this awkward window arrangement in my bedroom so I decided to cover it with a somewhat enormous headboard. Genius right? I know. I am.... Thank you. Thank you.

Here is how I did it all for about $150!

Follow along kiddies and you to can be as cool as me!


Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Get your stuff!

1) Cheap Substrate - I found indoor grade OSB at Lowe's for about $10 a sheet. I needed two sheets. $20.

2) Cotton or polyester batting - Look out for a deal. This will not be something you're going to lay on or really touch too often. Just find something that works. I used 6 ounce which was really thick for this! About $30.

3) 1" by 2"s - These are so you can connect all the panels and to stand them up. These were also around $10.

4) Fabric - This is the critical decision. You'll want to think hard about this one. It's a big visual, so overpowering patterns might be bad. I decided to go with strong color with no pattern, but with a velvet texture. My fabric was super nice, so it was $90.

So all together, $150.

Step 2: Make the Panels

First - Pick your panel size. I did 9 panels, 3 ft by 2 ft. You can do more or less. Decide this before you pick up the OSB so you can have it cut at Lowe's or THD. Much easier than doing it yourself (plus easier to fit in your car).

Next - Let's get that batting on there! Roll it out, put the plywood on top of it and cut it to shape. Then pull over the edges and simply staple them onto the back.

Third - Do the same with the fabric. This time, you must be sure to stretch the fabric softly (not too much) to remove all the wriggles from the face.

Step 3: Assemble!

First - Inspect the front of the panel to ensure it's smooth and without wriggles. If you picked a velvety texture, you may want to rub your face on your magnificent creation. Mmmm SOFT!

Next - Arrange you panels tight together and as straight as you can get them.

Third - Take the 1" by 2"s and screw them into the back of the panels. You'll want screws that are long enough to go through the 1" by 2" but not long enough to go through the OSB (obviously).

Step 4: Place and Say "oohhhhh Nice!"

First - Lean against wall... or if your picky, you can attach them to the wall somehow. I'm pretty lazy and this got me 95% of the look, so I'm done (:

Second - Make this noise .... "ohhhhhhh NICE!" and other celebratory noises as you wish.

Thank you for looking at my instructable!



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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    A must try for sure


    4 years ago

    Nice work! That looks really professional. Been looking for a headboard for a 6 foot bed and haven't been able to find anything nice or reasonably priced. Definitely going to give this a try!

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    4 years ago

    I've been thinking about something like this. I already have a bookcase headboard but think I'm gonna make this anyway. Our headboard is up against the wall our bathroom is on. Every time someone flushes the toilet or turns on the faucet it can be heard and sometime wakes us up not to mention it's kind of a privacy issue. This is not only decorative even behind our bookcase headboard plus it would serve as a sound proofer. I had just thought of a small wall hanging but this would be so much better. Thanks for the idea! If you wanted to hang it you could make a cleat. I don't remember exactly how to make one but I'm sure you could find out on the web.

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