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

A mattress hardly appears full and not using a headboard. Giant or small, easy or ornate, the headboard can actually set the tone for the complete bed room. When you’re prepared for a change in headboard, or when you’ve lived with out one altogether for much too lengthy, this can be a fairly simple DIY challenge you can have accomplished in a day. The perfect half about constructing your personal headboard is the truth that you possibly can customise it to suit your area and your type completely. Let’s do it.

DIY Degree: Newbie to Intermediate.

Supplies Wanted:

  • Plywood reduce to measurement (instance is for a twin mattress, so it’s forty” large x 30” tall)
  • Two strips of three/four” plywood (about 1-half” extensive by 24” lengthy)
  • Two strips of 5/eight” board (about three-1/2” broad by 24” lengthy)
  • Excessive density foam reduce to measurement of huge plywood (on this instance, forty” x 30”)
  • Skinny foam or batting (6”-eight” longer and 6”-eight” wider than the excessive density foam)
  • Residence decor material of your selection, reduce eight”-12” longer and eight”-12” wider than giant plywood)
  • Screws, drill, degree, staples, staple gun

Step 1: Create hanging apparatuses. Your headboard will mount on the wall virtually like a puzzle, with one L-formed “bracket” (hooked up to the again of the headboard) becoming into one other L-formed “bracket” (mounted on the wall). So that you’ll start every little thing by creating these brackets. Screw one skinny strip of three/four″ plywood onto the sting of 1 5/eight” board. Ensure your screws don’t penetrate the underside of the 5/eight” board.

Repeat for the opposite three/four” strip and 5/eight” board so you find yourself with two L-formed brackets.

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

Step 2: Mark wall for bracket mounting. Discover two studs on the wall behind the place your headboard will go. Use the studs closest to headboard middle as attainable; middle it should you can, though there’s a little wiggle room.

Step three: Measure how excessive to mount your wall bracket in every stud area. This instance exhibits a headboard mounted two-thirds of the best way up the headboard (at 20” above the highest of the mattress; keep in mind, this headboard is 30” tall). The highest of a chair rail can present a pleasant, degree measuring level.

Step four: Connect ONE screw into the stud to carry it in place. Make sure that the bracket is dealing with upward; in different phrases, you’ll need the three/four″ plywood half on the underside of the bracket, and the “open area” of the bracket on the prime. I predrilled a second screw previous to mounting the primary screw however didn’t penetrate to the wall at this level.

This subsequent transfer is a minor, but extremely essential, step if you need your headboard to hold straight. Use a degree to swivel your bracket to be precisely degree on the wall, then screw in your second screw into the second stud on the wall. Full drilling your secondary/help screws. This instance included 4 help screws complete – two in every stud.

Step 5: Check the match of the 2 brackets. Slide the now-free bracket into the open area of the wall-mounted bracket. (The free bracket on this instance is proven by the plywood and inexperienced stripe within the photograph above.) Measure from the highest of the mattress as much as the highest of this free bracket. On this case, my measurement is 24”. Keep in mind this quantity.

Step 6: Measure the place the free bracket will go onto the again of the headboard. Taking your simply-measured quantity (on this case, 24”), measure that distance from the underside of the again of your headboard plywood. Mark this and draw a line at that peak. Middle your line in your headboard. (To do that simply, merely take the whole width of your giant plywood, on this case forty”, and subtract the whole width of your bracket, on this case 24”. I find yourself with sixteen”. Divide that quantity in half, which is eight”, then measure that half-quantity, on this case eight”, from each edges of your giant plywood alongside the road to mark horizontal middle.)

Step 7: Mount the free bracket onto the again of the headboard. To maintain issues exact and easy, I loosely however rigorously screwed two stabilizing screws from the free bracket down into the massive plywood to carry the bracket in place. Flip the massive plywood over, then screw from the massive plywood into the bracket. I used 4 or 5 screws to carry it in place. This helps to make it possible for no screw factors will by chance poke by way of the headboard. Then take away your two unique holding screws, if needed.

Step eight: Check out hanging the headboard. The aim is to have the brackets match collectively snugly, for security, however to have them, certainly, match collectively. That’s why there’s a 1/eight” distinction between the bracket items themselves, as a result of this enables for slight wiggle room.

Step 9: Upholster the headboard. Lay your excessive density foam rigorously on prime of the massive plywood piece and angle the sides of the froth all the best way across the perimeter. Don’t fear about being actual. This can assist with the lay of the upholstery on the finish.

Step 10: Add skinny foam or batting. The purpose of this step is to melt the sides of the massive plywood the place the excessive density foam might not cowl it. Staple the skinny foam or batting to suit easily however don’t fear about pulling it tremendous taut but.

When upholstering something, all the time work from the center outward towards the corners.

Maintain the corners as trimmed of extra skinny foam/batting as attainable. You continue to have your upholstery material to wok on prime of this, and also you need loads of room for a cosy, skilled material match.

Full all sides and corners of attaching the skinny foam/batting. You don’t want a ton of staples for this; you simply need sufficient to stop motion. You’ll add extra safety once you staple the material within the subsequent step.

Step eleven: Connect the material to all 4 sides. This, for my part, is the enjoyable half. The place all of it begins to return collectively. I used to be virtually too brief on material, however I ended up having simply sufficient to wrap round. Begin by stapling 6”-eight” aside from middle, then pull the material taut and fill in that part with staples earlier than shifting on to the subsequent 6”-eight” part, all the time heading towards the nook. Staple proper as much as the nook however don’t do the corners till all the edges are utterly safe. Ensure you’re pulling the material taut earlier than each staple.

Step 12: Safe the corners. The important thing to skilled upholstered corners is preserving the bunching and pleating to a minimal, if not making them nonexistent wherever potential. You’ll need to staple all the best way to the nook, then pinch the nook material right into a line.

Fold the nook material right into a small pleat, ensuring there are not any bunching areas on both aspect, then staple to safe it.

Congrats! You’ve got knowledgeable-wanting upholstered nook! No repeat for the opposite three corners. Tip: In case you’re a newbie upholsterer, you may need to apply doing corners on the headboard’s two backside corners first, simply to get a really feel for it since these are extra forgiving visually.

Step thirteen: Trim all extra material, then mount the finished headboard to the wall. Should you’ve measured rigorously and stapled corners and edges rigorously, you’ll have an superior and professional-wanting headboard. Elective: You’ll be able to add nailhead trim across the fringe of the headboard if you would like. This instance headboard turned out just a little puffy across the edges for my style, so I opted to try this.

Step 14: Stage the mattress to make your headboard shine. This photograph is a poor illustration of that recommendation, as a result of my toddler needed to go to mattress instantly. However she loves her headboard, and I’m positive she’ll have candy goals resting the highest of her head towards a second pillow.

Good luck! Please don’t be intimidated by this DIY venture. You actually can construct your dream headboard in a snap. Simply take your time, measure rigorously, and benefit from the completed product!

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