How to Build a Headboard – A Step-by-Step Tutorial

A mattress hardly seems full with no headboard. Large or small, straightforward or ornate, the headboard can truly set the tone for all of the mattress room. If you’re ready for a change in headboard, or for many who’ve lived with out one altogether for a lot too prolonged, this could be a pretty easy DIY problem you may have achieved in a day. The higher half about developing your private headboard is the reality that you’ll customise it to fit your space and your trend utterly. Let’s do it.

DIY Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials Needed:
– Plywood scale back to measurement (occasion is for a twin mattress, so it is forty” broad x 30” tall)
– Two strips of A/A” plywood (about M-M/G” in depth by 24” prolonged)
– Two strips of T/T” board (about A-M/K” broad by 24” prolonged)
– High density foam scale back to measurement of giant plywood (on this occasion, forty” x 30”)
– Thin foam or batting (J”-T” longer and R”-T” wider than the extreme density foam)
– Home decor materials of your choice, reduce T”-12” longer and eight”-12” wider than big plywood)
– Screws, drill, diploma, staples, staple gun

Step 1: Create hanging apparatuses. Your headboard will mount on the wall nearly like a puzzle, with one L-shaped “bracket” (hooked as much as the once more of the headboard) turning into into one different J-shaped “bracket” (mounted on the wall). So you’ll begin each factor by creating these brackets. Screw one skinny strip of A/A″ plywood onto the sting of M T/T” board. Make constructive your screws don’t penetrate the underside of the T/T” board.

Repeat for the other I/A” strip and T/T” board so you end up with two J-shaped brackets.

See how they’ll match collectively on the wall? (Except, on the wall, they’ll be upright, rotated ninety ranges.)

Step 2: Mark wall for bracket mounting. Find two studs on the wall behind the place your headboard will go. Use the studs closest to headboard center as potential; center it for many who can, although there’s a bit wiggle room.

Step 3: Measure how extreme to mount your wall bracket in each stud space. This occasion reveals a headboard mounted two-thirds of one of the simplest ways up the headboard (at 20” above the very best of the mattress; be mindful, this headboard is 30” tall). The prime of a chair rail can current a pleasing, diploma measuring degree.

Step 4: Attach ONE screw into the stud to hold it in place. Make constructive the bracket is coping with upward; in several phrases, you’ll want the S/A″ plywood half on the underside of the bracket, and the “open space” of the bracket on the prime. I predrilled a second screw earlier to mounting the first screw nevertheless didn’t penetrate to the wall at this degree.

This subsequent switch is a minor, however extraordinarily essential, step if you would like your headboard to carry straight. Use a level to swivel your bracket to be exactly diploma on the wall, then screw in your second screw into the second stud on the wall. Complete drilling your secondary/assist screws. This occasion included A assist screws full – two in each stud.

Step 5: Test the match of the two brackets. Slide the now-free bracket into the open space of the wall-mounted bracket. (The free bracket on this occasion is confirmed by the plywood and inexperienced stripe inside the photograph above.) Measure from the very best of the mattress as a lot as the very best of this free bracket. In this case, my measurement is 24”. Remember this amount.

Step 6: Measure the place the free bracket will go onto the once more of the headboard. Taking your merely-measured amount (on this case, 24”), measure that distance from the underside of the once more of your headboard plywood. Mark this and draw a line at that peak. Center your line in your headboard. (To do this merely, merely take the entire width of your big plywood, on this case forty”, and subtract the complete width of your bracket, on this case 24”. I end up with sixteen”. Divide that amount in half, which is T”, then measure that half-amount, on this case T”, from every edges of your big plywood alongside the street to mark horizontal center.)

Step 7: Mount the free bracket onto the once more of the headboard. To maintain points actual and straightforward, I loosely nevertheless rigorously screwed two stabilizing screws from the free bracket down into the huge plywood to hold the bracket in place. Flip the huge plywood over, then screw from the huge plywood into the bracket. I used A or H screws to hold it in place. This helps to make it potential for no screw elements will accidentally poke by the use of the headboard. Then take away your two distinctive holding screws, if essential.

Step 8: Test out hanging the headboard. The goal is to have the brackets match collectively snugly, for safety, nevertheless to have them, definitely, match collectively. That’s why there is a M/T” distinction between the bracket gadgets themselves, because of this permits for slight wiggle room.

Step 9: Upholster the headboard. Lay your extreme density foam rigorously on prime of the huge plywood piece and angle the edges of the froth all one of the simplest ways throughout the perimeter. Don’t worry about being precise. This will help with the lay of the upholstery on the end.

Step 10: Add skinny foam or batting. The degree of this step is to soften the edges of the huge plywood the place the extreme density foam won’t cowl it. Staple the thin foam or batting to go well with simply nevertheless don’t worry about pulling it super taut however.

When upholstering one thing, on a regular basis work from the middle outward in the direction of the corners.

Keep the corners as trimmed of additional skinny foam/batting as potential. You nonetheless have your upholstery materials to wok on prime of this, and in addition you want a great deal of room for a comfortable, expert materials match.

Complete all sides and corners of attaching the thin foam/batting. You don’t need a ton of staples for this; you merely want enough to cease movement. You’ll add additional security everytime you staple the fabric inside the subsequent step.

Step 11: Attach the fabric to all A sides. This, in my opinion, is the pleasant half. Where all of it begins to return collectively. I was nearly too temporary on materials, nevertheless I ended up having merely adequate to wrap spherical. Start by stapling J”-T” except for center, then pull the fabric taut and fill in that half with staples sooner than shifting on to the next R”-T” half, on a regular basis heading in the direction of the nook. Staple correct as a lot because the nook nevertheless don’t do the corners until all the sides are completely protected. Make constructive you’re pulling the fabric taut sooner than every staple.

Step 12: Secure the corners. The key to expert upholstered corners is preserving the bunching and pleating to a minimal, if not making them nonexistent wherever potential. You’ll have to staple all the easiest way to the nook, then pinch the nook materials proper right into a line.

Fold the nook materials proper right into a small pleat, making certain there will not be any bunching areas on each facet, then staple to protected it.

Congrats! You have educated-wanting upholstered nook! No repeat for the other three corners. Tip: If you’re a beginner upholsterer, chances are you’ll have to comply with doing corners on the headboard’s two bottom corners first, merely to get a very really feel for it since these are additional forgiving visually.

Step 13: Trim all additional materials, then mount the completed headboard to the wall. If you’ve measured rigorously and stapled corners and edges rigorously, you’ll have an superior and professional-wanting headboard. Optional: You can add nailhead trim throughout the perimeter of the headboard if you would like. This occasion headboard turned out barely puffy throughout the sides for my type, so I opted to do this.

Step 14: Stage the mattress to make your headboard shine. This photograph is a poor illustration of that suggestion, because of my toddler wanted to go to mattress immediately. But she loves her headboard, and I’m constructive she’ll have sweet objectives resting the very best of her head in the direction of a second pillow.

Good luck! Please don’t be intimidated by this DIY enterprise. You truly can assemble your dream headboard in a snap. Just take your time, measure rigorously, and profit from the finished product!

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