I am so happy with how the headboard turned out. It is so comfy! After taking it apart three times, I think I finally finished it just the way I wanted it, tight and tailored.
Autumn suggested that I knock off the Ballard Designs Stevenson Headboard for my bedroom. A king size headboard is around $800 dollars! Autumn had me upholster with Tommy Bahama Indoor/Outdoor fabric. I can't say enough about this fabric, it is beautiful and durable.
First, I had Home Depot slice a 4x8 ft piece of 3/4 inch plywood to 4 ft x 80 inches for a king size bed....and then asked my dad to bring a trailer so I could get it home!
I used more of the spray adhesive to piece thin batting to soften the edges. I debated whether or not to bat over all of the foam This seemed to work and it helped keep the crisp lines I was looking for. The foam does sit higher than the wood edge, but after I placed the nail head on, it was no problem.
For the upholstery..
I knew that I wanted to have the same tailored look that Ballard Designs has on their headboard. So, I cut 5 inch strips that would wrap around the edge of the headboard. Then I cut the fabric to fit the front of the headboard, basically following the shape.
Next, I pinned the 5 inch edge fabric to the front fabric, inside out, like you would when you make a slipcover. There were 5 separate 5" pieces, one for each side, one for the top and then one separate piece for each curve, basically leaving a "seam" of sorts at each corner. Then I sewed it together, flipped it over and started stapling. I had to do some fine tuning, and lots of unpicking to get the curves just right.
Autumn had me use nail head trim on a roll. It is around $20.00 and is really easy to work with.
If you make a mistake the nail head pulls out easily with a flat edge.
Mom suggested that I make a template to help with a straight line...so smart!
I measured about 1/4 inch in from the edge of the framed 1x2 to mark the template.
In my bedroom plans, Autumn designed wall to wall curtains to hang behind the bed. So hanging the headboard flush on the wall was not an option. I didn't want the headboard attached to the bed. My dad came over to help me drill a couple of 2x4's into the studs of my wall.We attached a French cleat by OOK, you can find them in the picture hanging section of Home Depot. It is such a clever way to hang a large headboard, and it holds up to 200 pounds. I did attach wood legs to the base to take some weight off on the French cleat since the headboard is a king and hanging from 2x4's.
I am so happy with how the headboard turned out. We have been sleeping against a cold wall for so long, this is such a nice change. We love having the headboard to prop our heads against, it's so cushy!
Next post.. I will show you the room! Yeah! :)
**I forgot to give you the rundown on prices. The foam made the headboard more expensive than I planned, but it was well worth it. Using a less expensive fabric and heavy batting would make the cost much less.**
3/4 inch 4x8 ft plywood -$35.00
5 yds of fabric-$50.00
total = $171.00 ( a lot of money, but much better than $800!)