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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I pulled the edge of the fabric tight around the foam board and stapled that sucker down.
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.
I pushed the bed back against the wall,
made the bed,
and voila! We’re not poor college students any more, but real grown-ups with furniture! Even Phil admitted it looked much better.
Don’t you agree? If any of you make your own headboard out of foam board, please share pictures!
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