Hi Friends!! I am still in the middle of my master bedroom makeover. It seems to be taking a long time since I keep getting distracted with other things! I did want to share with you how I made an easy and cheap DIY padded headboard out of my old headboard, since this is one thing I have completed!
At first, I really wanted to build a whole new headboard. There are so many fun ideas out there and I kind of wanted a barn door or all wood one. Pinterest had me drooling with all the amazing DIY headboards on there.
However, my hubby really wanted a padded headboard since we read in bed every night. My hubby is great with all my remodels and never really asks for something specific, so when he does, I take it to heart. Plus it was a whole lot cheaper to put together this DIY padded headboard than to buy a bunch of wood.
The price of the headboard will depend on your fabric. I did splurge a little on the fabric since I wanted it to be the same as my window seat cushion (tutorial on my new DIY window seat to come!). I bought this cool gray fabric at Joanns when it was 50% off plus an additional 25% so it wasn’t too bad.
You could always use an old sheet, blanket, tablecloth, drape or any large piece of fabric you might have. Another possibility is to check out Goodwill or local thrift stores for blankets or tablecloths to use. If you have a King bed like I do, then you need something big.
Materials Needed for DIY Padded Headboard
- old headboard (Or you can always make one out of 2x4s and plywood. There are some great tutorials on Pinterest!)
- staple gun
- egg carton foam mattress topper – I got this one from Target here. Twin Extra long for a King bed. Under $12!!
- batting – I was in luck and found some at Goodwill for $2! Use your coupon and get it at Joanns or Michaels.
Putting together this DIY padded headboard maybe took 30 minutes. It’s so easy since it’s such a simple headboard. I did want to put tufts in, but then I just wanted to get it done! But you could always put in tufts, buttons or hardware around the edges.
I took the headboard off and laid it on the floor. I laid the foam mattress on top of it and centered it. It wasn’t big enough to fold fully in half which ended up working well, since it ended up tapering toward the bottom. I used my staple gun to staple the bottom layer of the foam to some of the slats underneath. This will hold it in place so it doesn’t slide down once it’s standing up!
Then lay the batting on top of the foam. Make sure you have enough to wrap around to the back.
I put a few staples on the side through the batting so it wouldn’t move when I put the fabric on.
I laid the fabric over it with about 6 inches hanging over on each side and cut it.
The thing you need to remember about headboards – no one sees the back of it, so it doesn’t matter what it looks like!!
I stood the headboard up and stapled the top under the rim first. I tucked the fabric underneath the bottom and then stapled. I folded the edges kind of like wrapping a present to get it as even and flat as possible.
I attached it back onto my bed frame and now I have a nice DIY padded headboard!
You can see that it tapers down towards the bottom. We put pillows in front of it so you can’t tell it doesn’t cover everything!
I did make those cute DIY wall shelves. Click here to find out how to make your own turnbuckle rustic wall shelves!
I had grand plans of making a quilt for the bedspread, but having never made a quilt before, I quickly decided against it. I need to start off with smaller quilts! So, instead, I got this $28 quilt, shams, and “happy” pillow off Zulily.com.
My next project is to paint all my furniture, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to start that project yet! So, disregard the ugly side tables, they will soon be chalk painted (I hope!!) I will let you know when I do it!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions!
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