It all started with this picture that I saw on one of apartmenttherapy.com’s home tours.
The upholstered headboard comes in two panels forming a corner! See how cozy it looks?! You just don’t see that very often. As a grown up I think putting your bed in a corner isn’t usually seen as good design… it looks sort of silly right!? But in reality I think a lot of us don’t have the huge master bedroom that allows for the big bed in the center, tv/dresser console, and the cozy seating area we are trained by HGTV that we all MUST HAVE! But, putting the bed in the corner allows you to do all of that and here was a way where you could do it in style. I was in love. I had recently realized a long flirtation with creating an upholstered headboard of my own, there are dozens of DIY tutorials online with great easy instructions.
All you do is make two of these upholstered headboards and mount them on two intersecting walls forming a corner and slide your bed into place. (I had enough scraps from the first headboard I was able to make the other one at no extra cost!)
What do you need?
- FABRIC – I got a bold print from Ikea.
- WOOD cut to the shape you want for your headboard. I chose hardboard because it is light weight, better since we are hanging these boards from the wall.
- 1×1′s cut to frame the hardboard. A frame gives depth to the board without all the weight of a big bulky piece of ..say.. MDF. (doesnt have to be 1×1 – whatever slender wooden slat you feel comfortable with will do, I change it up.)
- Heavy duty STAPLE GUN/w staples
- WOOD GLUE
- 2 BAGS OF QUILT BATTING
- WALL HANGING CLEATS
1. Measure out the two areas of your corner you want to cover. For my bedroom I did a simple 2 x 5ft – ish rectangle for the head, and a second 2 x 3ft – ish rectangle for the sideboard. For Ken’s Cali King I went big and did 1 board for the length of the head and another triptych piece to cover the entire length of the side board – that one was 4 total boards.
2. Once you’ve got your boards cut. (I have them cut it for me at home depot where I buy it,
safer easier) take the wood glue and glue your 1×1′s to the edge of the hardboard to create the thickness. I use liquid nails wood glue and let it dry for 20 minutes.
NOTE: Videos and dark and a little janky because I used my cell phone to make them… sorry, I will get better at this I promise!
3. Cut your batting to cover the board with a little left over to tuck under the edges. Choose as many layers as you wish for the batting to add to the puffy-ness. Staple the batting to the backside of the frame with the staple gun.
4. Repeat the above process with your chosen fabric. I chose fabric from Ikea because it comes in great bold prints, it’s thick so it can be used for upholstery and finally you guessed it… it’s CHEAP!
5. Add the wall cleats, for Ken’s headboared I chose the longer, 15 inch cleats – they were the most expensive aspect of the project at 11$ each, I needed two for the big headboard, and 1 each for the 3 smaller sideboards thats 5×11$=55$
THESE THINGS ARE GREAT AND WORTH IT!!! They come with a self leveler and you can just lift the boards on and off for cleaning or painting. It’s a streamlined elegant solution to picture hanging.
6. Hang your headboards. I know, I know.. doesn’t a headboard go down to the ground, or is affixed somehow to the bed itself? Well, sure, but not always. I like hanging it from the wall so that way it doesn’t move a lot, along with the bed, or get damaged and you use less material!
Pls tell me about YOUR bed-in-the-corner tricks!