If you want something with padding, still find an old door. Simply add batting and your fabric of choice. Its really quite simple to do.
- Find a door for your appropriate size. I’d clean and give it a light sanding.
- Measure, cut and apply foam, then batting using adhesive spray. It will give you the necessary padding for a comfortable headboard.
- Choose your fabric. This is the fun part. You can really be safe or very creative here. You can choose fabric that is neutral, textural, patterned or even match your bedding or current window treatments for that ‘designer’ look.
- Cut fabric to size adding an allowance to wrap around the back of the door (usually about 2”). Wrap around the back and sides of the door, pulling tight, and staple. Trim the excess fabric. You can finish the back with a solid fabric for a finished look.
- Now using the hardware, measure about 6” from the top of the headboard. Screw in your French cleat hardware on both sides.
- Measure on the wall where you’re going to mount the hardware. Measure 6” below where you want the top of your headboard. Use a level and a straightedge drawing a line the same length of your French cleat hardware centering it on the wall behind your bed. Mark holes for the cleat’s screws. Drill holes and insert the wall anchors. Screw into place with a screwdriver.
- Lift the headboard and slide the cleat on the headboard into place over the cleat on the wall. Once mounted, push the bed into place.
Tools needed; Screwdriver, staple gun for upholstery, scissors, spray adhesive, batting, foam, fabric.