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August 5, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

Head Board Hits

By Rachael Ellen More Blogs by This Author

The world of DIY has exploded with another huge trend that’s sweeping the web.

Stay at home moms and bargain shoppers alike have begun to create and redesign their own pieces of furniture. Their newest victim? The headboard.

Typically, the headboard is not the bed’s center of attention (we leave that kind of pressure to our comforters and throw pillows). Recently, however, headboards have been making a statement in some very  non-traditional ways. With some elbow grease, mild power tool usage, and a Saturday afternoon, you can transform your bedroom with a beautiful, custom piece of furniture. Here are three headboard styles that have been taking the Internet by storm.

Reclaimed Wood

Recently aged wood, crates, and siding have become a hot item for headboards. Keeping the wood “as is” creates extra texture and depth when placed, but many have taken a paint brush to the old stuff to add more color and visual interest. If you’re on the hunt for something reclaimed, talk to your local demolition or contracting companies. Their service’s demographic is the old and aging complexes where old wood is seen as trash instead of treasure. Approaching these companies and expressing your interest might be just the lead you’re looking for.


The greatest part of the fabric covered headboard is the endless options. Whether you’re keeping your headboard classic or giving it a modern twist, fabrics allow that personal touch that somehow can’t be captured in wood alone. To build a fabric headboard, you’re are going to need a solid backing. (I have seen some DIYers implement everything from secondhand headboards bought off Craigslist,  plywood, OSB board, or cardboard for their projects. You just need to find a sturdy backing;  the variation comes with price point and size preference. The larger your headboard, the more custom it becomes.) After choosing your materials, you’re going to need some staples, foam, quilt batting, and a jigsaw, if you’re planning on making exact shapes and angles in your headboard.

1.) Start with your wood. If you are going to be making a headboard with angles and designs cut in them, you’ll first need to measure and trace the outline of where you want to cut. After you’ve traced, you can begin the operation.

2.) Now that you’ve cut the desired shape, you’ll need to cover your headboard with the foam. Don’t worry if the foam pieces are mismatched and look uneven at first; the goal is just to get the whole area covered. Make sure to adhere the foam securely to the wood backing using a spray fixative or staples.

3.) The quilt batting is then added to the headboard over the foam to create a continuous plushiness. Lay the batting onto the ground and place the headboard overtop, cutting around the perimeter of the headboard with about 5 inches of batting to spare. This will allow you to pull the batting tight to keep it from bundling up. The batting must also be secured with staples.

4.) Finally, we come to the fabric. Before you even begin cutting and stapling, make sure to iron out all wrinkles from your fabric. (Once it’s stapled into place, there’s not a lot you can do for a frumpy headboard.)  After ironing, take the fabric and stretch it tautly over the quilt batting and staple it. (For a more detailed how-to, this tutorial was incredibly helpful and is something I plan to watch again when I start my headboard project this fall:

Sha-bam! A gorgeous headboard with a lot of personality!

Old Entries

The final segment of the headboard trilogy holds a spot near and dear to my heart. Both the reclaimed wood and the fabric headboards were a little more involved, but the simplicity of old doors and windows at the top or your noggin creates a whimsical accent to the headboard story. In my previous blog entry,Operation Grown-Up, you can see old windows lining the walls of my bedroom. If I could, I would love to incorporate this style into my home someday. Vintage style, charmed by peeled paint and discolored frames, has captured home decor and design. With old doors and windows, people have created beautiful headboards that need little attention, just a couple hooks on a wall. Their simple lines and age make them a perfect candidate. To find these aged beauties, be sure to frequent local barn sales, antique shops, and construction companies who, again, usually throw out these great pieces.

Spicing things up isn’t just for the kitchen anymore. Let a headboard make a statement in your home.

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