Create A Custom Headboard {Tutorial}

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Hey there! Hope your Tuesday is off to a great start.
This past weekend I finished a super easy project for Sebastian’s room.
I don’t know why it took me so long to do this,
probably because I was intimidated about finding the “perfect” fabric.
I don’t know if it’s perfect, but I think it looks pretty good.
Total time to build this headboard was about an hour and it only cost me $20.
I’m sure you have seen a ton of tutorials on this subject
but just in case you haven’t, this is the step-by-step on how I did mine.

My first step was to gather my supplies:
-extra-loft batting
(Note the giant X…you will not need the picture hanging system.
I will explain why in a few minutes.)
The only tools you will need is a stapler, hanging hooks and maybe a level
to make sure you hang your headboard straight on the wall.
I had an extra piece of 1/2 inch plywood sitting in my garage.
So I simply measured and cut my wood with a circular saw.
If you are buying your wood, have the store cut for you.
It’s free and it will save you a step. 🙂
Once I had my plywood cut to size (mine was 24×39 for a twin),
 it was time to start wrapping.

I opened my batting (crib size) that I purchased at Joann’s 
with a 50% off coupon and laid it on the floor.
I placed the plywood on top and directly in the center.
I simply folded the batting over the sides of the plywood,
pulling tight and securing with staples.
Lots of staples. 🙂
As you can see, I did the sides first then rotated and stapled the ends.
I then repeated this step with a second package of batting.
This way it would be extra soft in case little man bumps his head. 🙂

Here’s is the plywood covered with the two layers of batting…
Now it’s time to add the fabric.
Just like with the batting, fabric first then lay the plywood on top.

Then I stapled and stapled and stapled some more.
Definitely lots of stapling in this project so make sure you are stocked. 🙂

After I had the fabric on it was time to hang this guy on the wall.
I thought I would impress you all with my clever picture hanging gadget.
Yea. Not so much.
When I got the hanger out of the package and saw 
that my batting was thicker than the depth of the hook.
Let’s just say, well played hook. Well played.

So instead I decided to just place a couple screws into studs
and attach two hangers to the back of the headboard. 

And voila’…

I think this color of fabric compliments the room. Don’t you?
I thought about going a dark navy that matched 
the bed skirt and the wall color.
My hubby said this fabric actually looked ‘ocean like’ so he preferred it.

Here’s a sneak peak of the whole bed so far…

 This area of his room is still not finished though,
I will be adding some swing-arm lamps above the headboard later this week.

Oh, and I still have another project to finish.
Hope to show that to ya on Thursday. 🙂

So have you ever made you own custom headboard?
Do you like the blue fabric or do you think a dark navy would look better?
I don’t know why fabric intimidates me so. 
If you know the answer to that, please tell me! 🙂

Linking Up At:
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DIY Show Off 
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  2. I’ve covered existing headboards with fresh fabric over the years but never started from scratch like this. I love the fabric choice, but darker navy would have worked great too.
    My guess is that fabric intimidates you as there is so much choice but when you have a very specific look in mind it’s hard to find exactly the right stuff. It’s like there is too much choice and not enough at the same time! At least that’s what I find!

  3. I love how the headboard turned it out. It looks great between the built ins. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  4. This is just like my son’s (including the Pottery Barn Kids quilt) except yours looks much better then mine! Where were you two years ago with this post! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged. See you tonight at 8PM! =)

  5. Love how it turned out. I have never had the need to make one but it looks easy enough. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  6. I love homemade headboards. They’re so original and can be modified with ease if the room decor changes.

    Very well done!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely week.

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