Here's the tutorial!
Making an upholstered headboard is a lot easier than it looks! Our master bedroom needed some serious TLC, and this project was bound to make an impact in our boring room. I had been eyeing many tutorials, and totally fell in love with this one by Kate at Centsational Girl http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/07/master-bedroom-mini-makeover/.
My supply list included: plywood, batting, staple gun, LOTS of staples, fabric of choice, and large D-rings. You also will need access to a jigsaw if you want any artistic touch, like the curve we chose. We bought our 1/2 in. thick plywood at Lowes and had trimmed on site to the exact measurement of the width of our mattress. The height remained at its original 48 inches to allow for a curve.
At home I took a sharpie and sketched 1/2 of the design I wanted on the plywood. (Kate suggested doing so, then cutting that 1/2 of the design, and flipping it to trace the other 1/2 for consistency - great tip!) My hubby had access to a jigsaw and took care of the cutting, the most difficult part of the project.
I unrolled my 1 in. thick batting out on the floor, smoothed it out, and put the cut plywood on top. Pulling firmly, but not too much to tear the batting, I stapled this first layer to the backside of the plywood. I only used one layer of batting, and skipped out on foam altogether. You could certainly use more batting or foam to get more poof. With the batting in place, I lifted the whole thing up again to check for wrinkles, and repeated the same steps with the fabric. I actually used our old duvet, a simple white matalasse, for its elegance and durability. There was a slight sag when I lifted it this time, so I pulled the fabric a little tighter I restapled the bottom edge.
The corners were a little tricky, and I played with them quite a bit before stapling. (An important thing to remember with corners is that you want your material as flat as possible in the back to ensure a flush mount of your headboard to the wall.) I trimmed the excess fabric and my hubby measured for studs and attached the D-rings to the back of the headboard accordingly. He also mounted a couple small pieces of wood to the wall directly under the bottom edge of the headboard for a little extra support.
Super successful project completed in about 2 hours of actual labor and about $40, not including my "free" fabric and the staple gun I already had.
Can you believe it only cost her $40!!! Eva, I LOVE IT and need you to come over and make me one!