Friday, February 28, 2014

Headboard Tutorial

Quick and easy way to make a headboard.

We had a old pine bed base which just needed a little update. 

Materials needed:
Pleather or upholstery fabric 
and if you like a more cushioned look you can add batting.

I managed to get the pleather for a good price from Fabric City in Cape Town. Fabric World in Wynberg supplies and cuts foam to size. Pennypinchers in Woodstock supply hardboard and for just an extra R15 they cut it to size. Cash Crusaders or a hardware store supply staple-guns.  

1) Measure the size you would like your headboard to be. I used 148 cm x 75 cm.

2) Cut the pleather/fabric 30-40 cm wider than your headboard measurement on each side. I ended up with a rectangle of 228 cm x 155 cm. A large rim is needed to fold over the foam and the board. 
If you are using batting, cut this 15 cm wider than your measurements on each side.
The foam and the board should be the exact size of your top measurements.

3)Create a sandwich with your materials. Place your pleather/fabric on the floor, lay your batting in the centre of the fabric, then lay the foam centred on the batting and lay your hardboard as the last layer. (*I wanted a square look, so I left out the batting.) 


4) Fold your fabric edges in and stable them down. 

5) Once you have done one edge, pull the pleather/fabric tight over the opposite end of the board and repeat the staple process. 

 6) Remove excess fabric in the corners and carefully tuck the edges away. Then repeat as in step (4). 

 7) Now for the final step, tuck the headboard in-between the current headrest and your mattress. It should sit nice an snug. Tadaa, your bed has a brand new look! 

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