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DIY: Make Your Headboard

First off…thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback regarding the bed tutorial. Today I will share with you part two of the DIY projects that are taking place in my boys’ room.

Not only did I want to add a designer decorative touch to the new room, but I also wanted to keep grubby little hands and feet off my walls! So the solution? Headboards that wrapped the entire length of both beds.

I opted for pressboard for the backing of the headboards; at my Home Depot, it was available in 24″ H x 48″ L sheets. My finished length needed to be 64″ on one side and 92″ on the other side, so I did have to piece them together using 1″ x 4″ boards attached to the pressboard with 1″ screws for support to achieve the desired length.

This is how it was layered from bottom to top: fabric, batting, 1″ foam, pressboard (I used the pressboard as my template).  No math skills here—just wingin’ it!

I used the graphics in my fabric to line everything up, then I used a staple gun to secure the fabric to the pressboard.

I secured french cleats, found at Home Depot, to the 1″ x 4″ to attach to the wall. What is a french cleat? Glad you asked; follow this link to see one of my favorite ways to mount heavier items to a wall. Oh, and did I mention each panel is removable? Oh, yes!

One half of the french cleat attaches to the panel, and the other part secures to the wall; then they just interlock together. Super quick, totally secure and easily removed from the wall.

TIP: If you aren’t going into a stud, I recommend using drywall anchors.

Due to the length of the panels I needed, it was easiest to make and install the headboard in three pieces. Have a great DIY project? Let us know by commenting on this post.

Materials Needed:
Pressboard  24″ H and cut to desired length
1″ Thick Foam (the foam I used was 24″ H x desired length)
Polyester Batting
Fabric (yardage based on length of panels)
Staple  Gun
French Cleats (1 per panel)
Drywall Anchors
1″ Wood Screws

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