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DIY Upholstered Headboard

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A lot of you remember the ‘1 bed, 4 ways‘ post and commented on the bed. Well, that was a DIY’d bed that we made for the Redbook column. And here’s the DIY for all of you who are looking to recreate it. I actually loved how it turned out – super simple and modern and it was WAY easier than any tufted crazy DIY bed I’ve done before.

Items Needed:

Ikea Bed Frame,  Paint and Paintbrush,  Scissors,  Staple Gun,  Fabric,  Batting,  Foam (2 inches thick). We bought our fabric from Spoonflower and its insane, but I kinda love it for either a girls room or your crazy-person guest room.

Step 1: Painting

After you assemble the main parts of your bed frame, then it is time to paint. We chose just a plain white color so that the fabric would really stand out. Give it two good coats as the wood will soak up the paint a bit, and it will help with durability.

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Step 2: Upholstering

Lay your fabric, batting, foam, and headboard out in reverse order on the floor, like you see in the picture. Your fabric and batting should be at least 6″ longer than all sides of your headboard so that there is plenty of fabric to wrap around and staple. You can trim the extra after you finish.

Starting with the two shorter sides, add a couple of staples in the center of the wood post, then switch to the other side, pull the fabric tight and do the same. This will insure that your fabric is taught and straight. You will want to add a staple about every 2 inches or so to insure that you don’t have any puckering on the other side. Once you finish both of the short sides, do the same with the long side.

For the corners, we just used stapled the short side all the way up to the corner and then folded over the fabric on itself and stapled down to form a clean corner.

Step 4: Lastly you will want to fasten the headboard to the rest of your bed, and you are good to go.

For the shoot we painted the walls pink, which I thought was questionable at the time – but I was like, sure, lets see how it looks. I thought that a gray would look good, but we had done gray background in the latest few columns so they said ‘no white or gray’. But they must not have liked the light pink either because when I got the magazine it looked like this:

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And since one bed transformation isn’t enough, we used the same bed frame and recovered it with a grey linen then used it in our ‘one bed 4 ways’ series we recently did on the blog.

See how the same bed can look so different?

Black White Masculine Clean Modern

Happy Tuesday, y’all.

xx

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  1. Emily! I love this whole concept and my mom’s going to help me make a bed like this next time she’s out visiting.
    This may be a longshot, but do you happen to remember where the sheets came from in the gray headboard shot? They’re gorgeous and right in line with what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

  2. Oh. Emily. It is very beautiful. Making it, in practice it is difficult or easy?

  3. This is a great idea – thanks. Be careful not to cover where the middle beam bracket goes with foam or it will be difficult to attach the bracket. Same goes where the holes are on the leg posts.

  4. Hi! Is the foam and batting one thing? And do you have to go to the store to buy it by the yard? I’m looking online and can’t find any batting that specifies it is 2″….or is that just for the foam? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!