How to make a headboard out of foam board

I’ve been wanting a headboard pretty much ever since we moved in. I think our bed looks looked so sad and college-dormy and naked as just a mattress pushed into the corner. In a moment of brilliance (driven by lack of supplies and laziness), I decided to make a headboard out of foam board!

how to make a headboard out of foamboard

And pretty much ever since we moved in I’ve been inspired to create a headboard by numerous blog describing how easy it is (as seen here and here). I was a little scared by the purchase and cutting and dealing with some kind of large board. And even more concerned about how I would attach that large board to our fragile plaster walls. Luckily, one day I chanced upon a blog post about making pelmet boxes for the windows out of foam board. I decided to do this, so I bought some foam board and fabric and batting the last day I had a car.

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However, as summer suddenly became almost over, the headboard overtook other house projects in priority. Being stuck at home with no car, I had to make do with the supplies I had, so I made the headboard out of foam board, which was brilliant because it solved both the problems of dealing with and hanging heavy board! Hooray!

Here’s how I did it:

I gathered my supplies: batting, fabric, two sheets of foam board, tape, and a stapler.

headboard out of foam board

First, I taped those foam boards together to make one long board. If you wanted to make the headboard taller, just tape two more boards on top.

headboard out of foam board

Then I spread out my batting and folded it over a few times to make it thicker. I put my foam board on top, and stapled the batting around the back edges. Next, I spread out my freshly ironed fabric and put my batting-covered board on top of that.

headboard out of foam board

I pulled the edge of the fabric tight around the foam board and stapled that sucker down.

headboard out of foam board

I attached two D-ring hangers to the back of the foam board with a super glue that was actually called Amazing Goop and forgot to take a picture. After the hangers dried on, I measured and marked the wall and hung my headboard behind the bed.

headboard out of foam board

I pushed the bed back against the wall, 

headboard out of foam board

made the bed,

headboard out of foam board

and voila! We’re not poor college students any more, but real grown-ups with furniture! Even Phil admitted it looked much better. 

headboard out of foam board

Don’t you agree? If any of you make your own headboard out of foam board, please share pictures!

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