Sheron Cardin's Input...: Decorating Tip #6 Make Your Own Headboards

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Decorating Tip #6 Make Your Own Headboards

Making headboards is easy to do. I have made dozens for model homes myself so if I can do it, anyone can. The following is a standard style. You can make a template out of newspaper for the top in any style you want but for the sake of simplicity...I will use a simple arch.

headboard drawing   

What you will need:

  • 4'x8'x5/8 piece of plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Newspaper for template
  • Roll of 3"or4" thick batting
  • Staple gun
  • Hot glue gun or 2 way tape
  • Ready made welt or cording optional
  • Paint optional for plywood
  • Scissors

Plywood: 

Cut piece of plywood the width of your bed, ie twin is 40"x48", Queen 60"x48", Cal-king 72"x48" and King 80"x48". Make a template out of newspaper in any shape you want. Mark the center of the width of the wood and draw the style you want for 1/2. Then flip the template to the other side and repeat. Cut where your marks are. That way both sides come out exactly the same.

The bottom cutout opening should not be above the top of the mattress. Measure your bed's width and height to make sure before you cut. The standard for a twin is 20" from the floor for the cutout and 6" wide legs. (Bed frames vary in height.)

Hold the board up to the head of the bed and drill holes in the wood where it will attach to the frame. 

Now is the time to paint the wood if you do not want raw wood showing on the back side.

Batting: 

Lay your batting over the cut plywood. You want to leave a 3" overhang all the way around so trim batting the shape of your wood with a 3" excess. In other words you will have 3" all the way around that is larger than the wood. It is easier to work with if you attach your batting to the wood either with a hot glue gun or 2 way tape. This will secure it and keep it from moving when you are applying the fabric.

Fabric: 

Most decorator fabric comes in 54" widths which is perfect for a headboard. Cut the fabric 2" larger than the batting. You will railroad your fabirc. (running lengthwise horizontally so make sure if you have a pattern that will not be sideways). Railroading your fabric avoids visible seems. Lay your fabric onto the headboard and batting and smoothe but do not stretch. Using your staple gun, lift one side of the headboard and staple the fabric to the back to secure it. Now do the same to the other side. You should be able to stand the headboard up now without it falling apart.

With one person holding the headboard upright, the other person will smoothe the fabric around the edges and the person holding will staple the fabric to the wood on the back. *** Turn your fabric under 1" before you staple it and that will give you 1" to staple the fabric to the board leaving a nice flat edge.

Now that you have stapled the outside edges of the headboard, you will need the wrap the inside of the legs and the cutout of the bottom, being careful not to cut too much fabric away.

*** You will have some folds and play in your fabric so ease the fabric along until it is smoothe.

That is all there is to it! 

If you want a 6" roll as seen in this picture, then lay your fabric on the headboard and make a template out of newspaper to match the outside border of the wood 6" smaller. Lay the small template over the fabric and mark the fabric with chalk. Then closely staple the fabric to the heaboard at the chalk line. Once that is done, wrap the remaining fabric around to the back and staple turning 1" under as described above.

Apply the welt with a hot glue gun or fabric glue where you have stapled the fabric defining the roll. 

Air mattress

If I missed a step please let me know. 

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 59 commentsSheron Cardin • February 12 2007 12:15PM

Comments

I don't do decorating but I just know this may come in handy one of this days!  : )  Thank you for sharing this with us Sheron!
Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) almost 12 years ago

Sheron,

If you adjust your camera's white balance to "cloudy day", you'll get warmer photos that will take the blue out of this picture.

Beautiful headboard! Thanks for sharing your idea.

Sue Argue

Staged First Impressions  Hampton, NH 

Posted by Sue Argue, Accredited Staging Professional almost 12 years ago
Sue - thank you!!! It is that simple? I will have to pass that on. Sometimes I take a moment to adjust the settings in my camera only to find out that whatever I did, didn't change a thing. I am going to have to pull myself away one day and take my camera on a little trip and try out all the goodies. Thank you again.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

That's a good tip, Sue!

I always brighten them and collor correct after the fact.

Now I have to get my camera manual out and see how to do that!

 welcone to the RAIN!

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago

Thanks for the tips. My wife loves to decorate i am going to email her this blog and she is going to have a field day with it :)

Eddy

Posted by Eddy Martinez (Nationwide Funding Group) almost 12 years ago

Sheron,

 

Thanks

In theory this is easy, unless one os power tool challenged then....FAHGEDABOUTIT!

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago

Thanks Sheron,

     I know this will come in handy.  The headboards are really good looking.

  

Posted by Don Rich (West USA Realty) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, never know when this may come in handy. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for sharing.  I don't think I will EVER do this...but if a client ever inquires about getting a new headboard...
Posted by Kaushik Sirkar (Call Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
I have had several requests for the headboard so decided to post about it. There are many resources for do-it-yourself headboards you can find on HGTV and doityourself.com but these instructions are exactly how I make them and have made them for years. Hope they get a lot of use. Thanks.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
I have always wanted to try this - thanks for the instructions.
Posted by Sandra Hughes, Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia (Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia) almost 12 years ago

Sheron - what a great tip!  Now if only I were handy enough to do that myself........I've got a couple of beds that need headboards, too.

AnnCummings.com

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago
Wow - is it really that 'easy'?  Did not realize that.  It looks great.  Thanks for the tip.
Posted by Ira Freireich, EBA (Best Buyer's Broker Realty) almost 12 years ago
Yer welcome! My pleasure...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

"Apply the welt with a hot glue gun"....geeze, first TLW gives me a welt, then I put hot glue on it.  What next, hold welt w/glue to back of a pick-up until dry?

:^)

 

Really cool tip.  I'll be printing this out.  Thanks Sheron. 

Posted by Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA (Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract)) almost 12 years ago
Okay Rob...maybe I assumed everyone knew what a welt was...sorry bout that! Apply a decorative cording already covered in coordinating fabric (easier that way) to cover the staples. Better?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
What a great tip! Not just for home staging but maybe even first time home owners working on their decorating.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 12 years ago
Yes, and a really cute and inexpensive decorated look is the good ole' extra sheet set. Not only can you cut the flat sheet in half for the side panels on the window but you can use the fitted sheet for the headboard and pillow cases for bed pillows by using a rope or ribbon and tying the end of the case's closed...very decorative in stipes, plaids, and solids.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
It looks great.  I ran across another idea for people that are afraid of hot glue guns.  You can take a room divider or shoji screen and put it behind the bed.  I personally believe headboards make the room they give it that finished look.  Thanks for sharing, Sheron.
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) almost 12 years ago

I like to place the bed in front of a "window" that's purely drapes really, but looks like a headboard enuff to pass

                                        Love to hear other creative ideas for this

Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) almost 12 years ago

Patricia - gorgeous! That is a wonderful idea! Another idea is to buy exterier window shutters and you can paint them any color you want with spray cans. They are about $12 each and when you screw them into the wall, they come with caps to put on the screws for a finished look. They are 12" wide so you just buy what will fill the width of the bed.

Joni - I have used room dividers or screens and they are perfect but they do bang against the wall (hmmm)

Thanks gals! This is fun and helpful for everyone.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
I never knew this was so "easy"   The only problem is that I am mechanically challenged!  Hopefully, I get find someone with the toolkit to get this done!  Thanks for the tip!
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 12 years ago

Here is another faux headboard I used to make for a childs twin bed. It is very easy and quick. I drew this very quickly in paint but I think you can get the idea. Just sew 4" tabs onto two corners of a pillow sham and hang it on a drapery rod in metal or wood. Stuff the sham with a pillow. (Sorry for the color scheme...not too many choices)

Pillow headboard

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

 

 What type of headboard do you suggest for this, Sheron or anyone? Thanks.

bedroom master

Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) almost 12 years ago
I can see the exterior shutters...about 6 of them side by side sprayed an enamel jade green. That is a huge room...I hope you have more chairs...they could move to the other side of the room per your photo.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

I was trying to get a good shot of the sliding panels and it ended up like this.  I feel like the bed needs a modern or asian style headboard.  The chaise is the only furniture in the room besides the end tables, I gave my matching ratan table with chairs to my daughter, it matches the chaise, I made her promise me she would let anything happen to it, lol, it was my parent's.  It's a large home, about 5,800 sq. ft. so it has been a challenge but I love it.  I have a lot of before and after shots of different things I have done so far, it's an ongoing project. And actually the color of the room is camel and trim in black in some areas, I kind of followed what the previous owners started because it looked truthfully like a very good choice but there other choices and selections in the house were 'so-so'/

Thanks for all your help,

Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) almost 12 years ago
Pretty creative stuff. I am amazed at the ideas people can come up with being creative and all. Good job!
Posted by Jason Provencio (John L. Scott) almost 12 years ago
That is pretty cool, I will definitely save this tip for future use.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

I can just see it now, mechanically challenged me with a saw in my hand, lol........

But seriously, Sheron this is a fabulous idea.  I think the handyman network could come in handy here!

Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Sheron - hope my 'humor' was taken as such (many that see my comments have either accepted or just ignore my 'one liners'.).  I really didn't know what a 'welt' was.

I do love what you have offered in this blog.  This is why I love AR so much......I learn so much.

Posted by Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA (Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract)) almost 12 years ago

Joni - I didn't realize that was your bedroom I was looking at. I have a post offering free consultation here in AR and you are the first who has asked. This changes the whole picture. What is your budget? Can you place you picture of your bedroom in the free consultation post? I will work on it over there. Also...what is on the wall that you are standing in front of? And what are the dimensions of the room and is there a view?

Randy, Jason, Laurie - It is nice to see some new people visitng Stage It Forward! We do a lot of fun things here. Please visit us more often. Thank you for the compliments

Rob - I got your humor and enjoyed it very much. Keep them coming!!!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, I will definitely take you up on the free consult. on the bedroom, and will take new photos as well and follow your instructions per post.  We have only been here since May so we used a flooring and painting budget to finish that part out before Christmas.  I just always value a 2nd opinion (or 3rd or so on).
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) almost 12 years ago
CAn't wait to see what Sheron comes up with for you or what you come up with, Joni. Another idea i had for a headboard for such a large room with an attitude is to hang a Persian rug or tapestry or tablecloth, especially a vintage one.  I have my great grandmothers huge black wool table cloth with dark crimson paisley all over it and haven't yet figured out how, where to use it.  It is peppered with moth holes but backed with black paper or fabric it would look very cool as a headboard.  Ethnic blankets make good headboards too.  Any big textile
Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) almost 12 years ago
Patricia, that is really good.  Do you use the large curtain rods like Sheron used for the pillow headboard on the twin size bed?  Maybe that would work for your grandmother's  wool table cloth?  I have not chosen anything as of yet but the look of my bedroom is a cross between modern and Asian,  you are right it should be tall but since I have a pattern on the bedspread, I need to use something streamline w/out a print or pattern, black or  something natural, bamboo or such???
Posted by Joni Van Deventer, RoomByRoomRedesign (RoomByRoomRedesign) almost 12 years ago
Wow !!  I love your ideas !!
Posted by Lauren Corna, Broker (Archway Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Laureen and all. I am writing my March 1st newsletter with new tips. If you want to sign up you can go to my website.

The box is on the right. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi Sheron,

I just signed up for your newsletter and I can't wait to see more of your great ideas!

Posted by Penny Province, Province Staged Properties (Province Staged Properties) over 11 years ago

Sheron,

I'm sure you've heard this before...but you are briliant! When do you have time for all of this stuff. Love, love, love your headboard posting and am interested to see what you come up with for Joni so will have to check that post out now.

Whenever you get the time to check your camera setting - HA.  You must go off of 4 hours sleep a night. 

Thanks again for sharing your talent with us all...

Beth

Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) over 11 years ago

Another headboard idea.  I use foam board covered in batting and fabric.  I usually make panels, three across, but have taped the foam board together and cut out a pattern.  Foam board is easy to work with, requires no power tools, is light weight, and the headboards can be attached to the wall with velcro.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago
Great ideas from everyone here. We have used a section of painted picket fence in a country home, bamboo cut in equal lengths and tied with leather for an Asian feel ,and a section of iron fencing  to make various headboards.
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 11 years ago

Kathleen,

Ok - have done the fence and bamboo idea before, but iron fence - OUCH! 

Can you explain more?

Posted by Beth Patnode, Owner of Home Staging Firm over 11 years ago
Hey girls. thank you. I really get a kick out of sharing and watching everyone else share ideas.Gets all the creative juices flowing and makes us all better. Kathleen...all good ideas...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
OOOhhh.....great headboard idea.  My hubby now has a project!!!
Posted by Home Staging over 11 years ago

Don't tell him where you got the idea...he will ban you from your PC!

laughing cat

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
The finished products looks great!
Posted by Find a Notary Public needAnotary (QEC Internet Services) over 10 years ago
Thank you NeedANotary. I am in a fun business.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

I love that this blog was re-visted recently. It's a great one so deserves more exposure.

Excellent work Sheron!

All the best,

Beth

Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the step by step instructions!
How heavy do you think it is -- I haven't carried around a sheet of plywood lately.  ;-)
I'm going to give this a try in the next few weeks.
Thanks again!   

Posted by Sandi Gregory, details (Redesign and Staging) in the greater Puyallup area (details (Redesign and Staging)) over 10 years ago
I always liked this post, it was a great idea then and is a great idea now. Nice to see it come back to life.  
Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Just found this for the first time...LOVE the ideas and tips in the post and comments.  You all must be more handy than I, but I just might try it, have made a coffee table actually, so guess this is not so hard to do.  Thanks Sheron for the always inspiring posts.
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 10 years ago

Beth - thank you. I am a big fan of yours and love YOUR posts!

Sandi - a whole piece of plywood is heavy. If you are doing it yourself without any help, have the lumber yard cut it for you. When the headboard is cut out, it is very manageable. Adding the batting and fabric will not be noticed. When you carry the finished headboard, put your strong hand at the center of the cutout portion and balance the top center with the other hand. It is very doable.

Thank you Laurie! The good ole timeless 'do it yourself' trick :)

Terrylynn - headboards are fast and easy to make. You just need the tools. Go for it! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago
Just in time ,Thanks, You are always right on the money!
Posted by Nicola Lindsay, CRSS (Nicola Lindsay ReDesign and Home Staging) over 10 years ago
Nicola - I wish...but happy your needs were met.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

Thanks for referring me to this post Sheron, it looks like a great idea.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Let us know how yours turn out Richard! Send photo's and put them in this post for all to see as well.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

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Posted by Bared Costanian over 6 years ago

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Posted by Bared Costanian over 6 years ago

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