When we were looking to move this fall, the master bedroom was one space we absolutely needed an up-grade in. The place we chose, and were we now live, is perfect. It has 13-14ft ceilings, exposed brick, room for a bigger bed, and mirrored closet doors. We didn’t have any of those things in the last place, our double bed was the biggest the room could take, and our mirror was hung in the corner.
One thing I love about this place is that we have three distinct living spaces: the basement/Dan’s man-cave and storage, the main floor for entertaining and socializing, and then the second floor where we sleep and watch TV. Because we moved-in just before a season of big events and lots of hosting, we spent our initial month setting-up the main floor to entertain in style. Now that that’s done, we’ve turned our attention to the second floor where we spend more time just the two of us.
During the black friday sales, kitchen appliances weren’t the only deals we snagged, we also up-graded from our double bed to a queen size. It was long overdue and we’ve been sleeping in greater comfort since we got it. However, when we switched our old bed into the guest room (and got rid of the previous one, an IKEA set-up that had been assembled and disassembled about 10 times since I got it) we no longer had the nice headboard I had made last May.
I was eager to get to work on the project, and was looking at pinterest to get ideas of how I wanted it. Because this time I had DH around to help me with assembly and installation I decided to do some trickier elements, and I’m glad I did. When we got down to it, we decided to stick with a simple rectangle design and add a silver nail-head finish inset from the edge.
If you’ve been following me on instagram (if not, you should be! Find me as “pmqfortwo”) you’ll have seen me fall in love with this print from our local fabric store. At the time, I was thinking I would mount it on a board for wall art, or hang it as a tapestry in the TV room. However, after buying the new bedding, it became clear to me that this pattern was meant to be my headboard.
From the get go, we encountered some issues with the pattern.
The pattern was 48 inches wide, but a Queen sized bed is 60 inches. This wouldn’t be a problem if the pattern was non-direction, but it was. I could have simply matched-up the pattern and created a seamless look by overlaying a second layer of the fabric, but the pattern repeats on 40 inches, so with an extra 8 inches I would have been covering up a great deal of the bottom pattern and only been left with 8 inches to wrap the and staple (not dimensions I favour.) To solve our pattern problem, we decided to fold one sheet over at a spot that would align pretty well with the bottom pattern (without actually been seamless). It looks good so far, you can’t really notice.
Applying a nail head trim can be time consuming and costly. At our local fabric store they had a roll of trim that was made to look like nailhead, so we went with that. It was relatively easy to apply, but I will discourage you from using nail head on the headboard if you have MDF as the base. It’s really hard to hammer through, and it actually bent some of my nails.
Assembling he headboard is actually really easy, it just depends on how intricate the finishing touches are.
Before you begin anything, consider how you’ll attach it to the wall or base of your bed. That will dictate the size of the board you need to make. Use a wood base (plywood or particle board or MDF) and cut it (If desired) to the shape you want. I suggest measuring four times before cutting. Why? Because I only measure once and always mess it up haha!
Next, apply a foam base using foam appropriate glue (that won’t melt the foam – can be purchased at most fabric stores). Depending on how plush you want the headboard, consider 2-3 inches of foam. You can play around with placement, but I suggest you place it centred near the top of the board (where your heads will rest).
Once the glue is dry, it’s time to layerthe batting. I suggest you place the batting on the floor and then lay the board (foam down) on top. Using a staple gun, start stapling the batting around the board. Make sure you keep tension on the fabric equal all over, otherwise it will pucker and cause ripples that can be seen from under the fabric and makes for an inconsistent look. Make sure the corners are tight and look good, think of how you would wrap a gift! They’ll be up against the wall, so if they’re uneven and lumpy, it will effect how it sits against the wall and ultimately how comfortable it is.
Do the same thing with the fabric you’ve chosen. Try not to pull too tight on the fabric when stapling, or you may rip it. If you have a pattern, make sure it’s straight, otherwise it will look weird and you’ll have to start all over again.
If you’re applying nail head trim, be careful to make sure it’s applied evenly around the board.
Hang with care! We decided to screw it to the wall, so we pre-drilled pilot holes in the board before upholstering it, and then spent 30 minutes trying to find them under all the upholstery. We felt like idiots. On the plus side, once we found them and drilled through the fabric to get at them ( to screw them to the wall) it didn’t mess with the fabric or the foam and batting. As a side-note, we had anchors in the wall to help hold the weight of the board, and we had one for each corner. The board is securely fixed to the wall, and DH made me promise I wouldn’t move the bed for the rest of our time here.
Now that it’s done, I couldn’t be happier! It’s exactly what we wanted, and we couldn’t be happier. All our sweat and tears were worth it. Now, when we get back from visiting family over the holidays, I can get to work on finishing the master!
Do you have a master bedroom project on the go?