I love upholstered headboards. Especially the ones with nailhead trim. But at $700-$900 a pop from Crate & Barrel, buying a headboard just wasn’t happening! So, I turned to the DIY upholstered headboard route.
Remember my Oceanside Guest Bedroom Inspiration post? In that post I describe, in detail, what I’d like for my guest bedroom, sea shells, starfish, and other beach-related items, but mainly I wanted an upholstered headboard. Since I already made a sunburst mirror, I had to finish the guest bedroom.
I completed my headboard in about a week. I am still pretty proud of myself. Best of all? Not only did I make it for under $100, I can also proudly say that (save my husband hold the headboard for me in place) I did it all on my own. You can do it too!
For this project you will need:
- MDF particle board (about $9 at Lowe’s)
- jigsaw (around $29)
- nails (not longer than MDF thickness)
- nailhead trim ($17)
- quilt batting (had on-hand from this project)
- muslin fabric (3 yards for $8)
- staple gun (similar for $12)
- two “1x3x8” (cheaper than 2×4) for the legs ($1 each)
Most of these items I found at my local JoAnn’s Fabric. I provided you with some Amazon links for the items I used. In hindsight I should have bought the items from Amazon as there’s more variety and lower costs. I only found silver nailhead trim at JoAnne, but I would have bought these antique gold ones instead. If you sign up for their e-mail newsletters and their iPhone app, you can get many 40%-60% off coupons to help you save money. See how I made my guest bedroom’s headboard. It was easy! Dedicate a weekend with good weather and friends![continue reading below]