Craft Ideas: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Headboard

Craft Ideas: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Headboard

About two years ago I moved into a new apartment and wanted to get a new headboard for my bed. However, after a little bit of shopping around, I realized there were a lot more expensive than I had in my budget.

So, after a quick Google search, I discovered that making my own headboard would be a really easy and simple project. Not only would I be able to design my headboard in exactly the way I wanted, but it wouldn’t cost all that much and I could get it done with the help of a friend in less than two hours.

Get Your Supplies Ready

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The first thing you are going to want to do is get your supplies ready. I knew that I needed something to serve as the headboard itself, so I went to the local Salvation Army and managed to grab a wooden headboard for the size of my bed.

This would make for the perfect base. Next, I went to my local fabric store and got a few yards of a pattern that I liked that would form the design on the headboard. Finally, at the same fabric store (or you can try your local big box store), instead of getting foam which can run on the expensive end, I got an egg crate/mattress topper that goes on a bed.

Then all you need is a staple gun and you are ready to get started. If you want to put in extra decorations like tufting or nail head trim it’s pretty simple to add on in the end.

Start Assembling

Once you have all the pieces here, you can get started right away. First, I put the headboard out on a flat surface and then laid the egg crate on top. Keep the bumpy part of the egg crate facing in towards the headboard so the smooth part is out.

I got a full sized egg crate so I could fold it over to create a bit more of a cushion. If you want it to be really puffy, then get a bigger egg crate and fold it over a third time. Make sure to leave a few inches of extra foam so you can wrap it around the outer edge of the headboard. Take that extra foam pull it taut and use the staple gun to attach it to the headboard, stapling every few inches.

Once the foam is attached, next get out the fabric. You want to do the exact same thing as you did with the foam, wrap it tight and begin stapling. Again, staple it just the way you did with the foam, every few inches, making sure that you pull it taut to get rid of any potential wrinkles.

From there, congratulations, you have just made yourself a headboard. That’s about as simple as it gets. If you want to add more to it, some people will hammer in nail heads around the edges of the headboard, or glue cording around the edges, all it takes is a little extra effort and an eye for design.

Have you ever designed your own headboard? Do you have any extra secret tips that you have used? Let us know in the comments!