Feminine & French Inspired Fabric Covered Headboard
September 16, 2009
William Hickson once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”
This is the story of my guest studio headboard. A few months ago, I had an idea to convert some leftover cabinet doors into a headboard by covering them in fabric and mounting them on the wall. It was a good idea, but the final result did not meet with my satisfaction.
So I came back for Round Two. This time, I did it right. With some plywood, foam, batting and a discount curtain panel, I created a new and improved fabric covered headboard for my guests. And this time, I trimmed in with some decorative moulding.
Here’s a peek:
Here’s how I created this romantic and feminine French inspired fabric covered headboard.
At my local Target, the Blue Strie window panel collection is on clearance for $14 per panel. It was the same panel I used to recover this ottoman for my office, and it is still available online here (though not on sale online). I purchased three of these window panels. One for each window, and one to cover my new headboard.
Ordinarily, I’m against being so matchy matchy with my fabric choices, but in this case I made a deliberate exception. In my attempt to create a soft and serene space, I felt that the coordinating fabrics would work well here.
How to Make a Fabric Covered Headboard Trimmed with Decorative Moulding:
Half inch plywood trimmed to fit wall.
Fabric of choice
Half inch foam to fit
Batting to cover
Decorative moulding of choice
“D” ring hangers to mount on wall
Paint of choice for decorative moulding
Tools: Staple gun, screwdriver, level, hammer, finish nails, miter box or saw.
Step One: Choose your decorative moulding from a home improvement store. Then have your home improvement store cut a piece of half inch plywood to fit your wall. My measurements for my Cal King bed were 74” wide x 36” tall. Make sure you subtract the width of your moulding from your final width and height measurement.
Step Two: Layer your half inch foam and batting on top of your plywood and if necessary, secure in place with a few staples on the very edge.
Step Three: Press your fabric to remove any wrinkles. Place your layered plywood headboard on top of the fabric. Pull taught, and staple every 8 inches.
Turn your headboard over and make sure your fabric is aligned correctly. If so, then staple all around every 2 inches. Secure your corners as well. Trim excess fabric.
Step Four: Paint your trim to your color of choice. I chose none other than Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.
Step Five: Locate your wall studs on the wall, and measure the location of your “D” ring hangers. Secure your hangers to plywood back with a screwdriver. Hang headboard on wall.
Double check your headboard is level before attaching trim.
Step Six: Measure and cut your previously painted trim with a miter box or compound miter saw.
Secure to wall with brad nailer, or finish nails and a hammer. Make sure you pound them in so they are flush to the trim.
Spackle the corners to fill in any gaps.
Step Eight: If necessary, spackle your nail holes. Paint over the nails to hide them. In my case, I sprayed some of my spray paint into a plastic cup, and used an artist’s brush to paint over the nails.
Here’s a few more glimpses at the finished headboard.
Do you spot my painted knockoff Draper chest that I found at a thrift store ?
As pretty as a Wedgewood plate.
Feminine. Romantic. French inspired.
If Mr. CG ever snores, this is where you’ll find me. Zzzzzzzzzz.