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Monday, 11 February 2013 02:04

Interior Design >> How to create your own upholstered headboard…

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So many times I’m asked about inexpensive ways to create a custom headboard.  I tell my clients its pretty simple actually and all depends on the overall look you want to achieve.  If you want a simple headboard with interest, then why not try an antique door mounted to the wall.  They come in many sizes and finishes depending on the year.  Locate an antique architectural salvage yard in your area and start looking.  You’ll be surprised what you’ll find.  You can sand, prime and paint if you like or leave it a little rustic.

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.

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  1. Find a door for your appropriate size.  I’d clean and give it a light sanding.
  2. Measure, cut and apply foam, then batting using adhesive spray. It will give you the necessary padding for a comfortable headboard.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Now using the hardware, measure about 6” from the top of the headboard.  Screw in your French cleat hardware on both sides.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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