Ok, not this mama but still two mamas (mine and Mathlete’s) that are the primary sleepers of the bed we’re chatting about.
I’ve been planning to put up a new headboard in the guest room for awhile now but was very slow getting started. Just call me Ms. Tortoise. It wasn’t really a project I felt that I could do in little snippets like many of my other projects so I did what I do best: procrastinated. Plus, I had to hit at least 3 different stores for my supplies so that required time I just didn’t have. Enter Mathlete who took one of those stores off my hands freeing up some of my time. I think the Home Depot guys like him better anyways.
My supply list:
62″ x 24″ Sheet of plywood (we used chip board and had the HD people cut it)
2 x 4 cut into two 3′ pieces
Batting or foam (I did double layer batting)
Fabric of choice
Staple gun + Staples
Wood Screws (2″)
Extras (nail heads, cording, etc.)
Let’s get building!
I have been doing most of my projects in our (unfinished) basement and this one was no different. Down in the lair, I put down a blanket and sheet on the floor to keep my fabric clean. Then, I layered the fabric, batting and wood as I would be attaching it.
I wrapped the batting around and stapled it. I did two ends and then the other two sides. A note here: While I recommend double layer batting if you go that route (it was cheaper than foam in my case), I do not recommend wrapping both layers around. It really interferes with the leg attachment. Just my $.02.
I spaced my staples pretty far apart just to get it secured and then went back to add additional staples. Once I had the batting secure, it was time to do the fabric portion. My fabric was actually a curtain I picked up at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It matches the curtains that are already in the room but with a price tag of $24.98! Subtract my 20% coupon and then my $17 merchandise credit and it was practically free.
I cut a lot of the fabric off but using the clearance curtain even though it was much longer in length than I needed saved me so much money. Staple, staple, staple.
The corners (as always) were a little tricky but I managed to get them all stapled down so that they looked uniform (from the front at least!).
She’s looking pretty good but needs a little something else.
Enter a little bling…nail head bling that is.
I picked up the nail head trim at Joann’s with my 50% off coupon. It was so much easier and faster than doing real nail heads. Just hammer in every 5th nail.
Next up, legs!
This is where Mathlete came in. Armed with his tools, we set to attaching the legs.
He pre-drilled holes into each 2 x 4 x 3 where the wood screws would go.
Then, we positioned it on the back of the headboard and screwed it in. We had pre-measured the distance from the floor to the top of the mattress, how far we wanted it to overlap and the distance between the attachment locations on our existing frame. Using those measurements, we knew where to attach the legs.
We ran into a little problem because of all the batting (see above re: my batting recs) so I had to unstaple some portions and cut out the layers of batting. Then, we were able to attach the legs securely.
I used the extra fabric to cover the legs so they matched and blended well. Just a few more staples to secure that.
Upstairs we went where the headboard was connected to our existing metal bed frame. Voila! New bed for the mamas (and any other guests of course).
1) Pay a little extra and go for the foam. Then, cut it to the exact measurements of your board so there is no wrap around issue like I had with my batting.
2) If you go cheap like me and go for batting, don’t wrap both layers around. The layers are great for the front but totally unnecessary for the backside. Headboards don’t need junk in their trunk.
3) Use 1/2″ staples. You’ll thank me.
4) Nail head trim kits are you friend!
5) Have extra screws on hand. We had at least 3 break during our leg attachment.
Plywood (cut for free): $7.17
2x4x8 (cut for free): $2.47
Wood Screws: $2.30
Batting: $15.67 (1/2 off with coupon)
Fabric: $2.66 ($19.98 – $17.32 merchandise credit)
Nail head trim: $10.04 (1/2 off with coupon)
Total cost: $40.31
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