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Su Casa: Ella1978's DIY Headboard

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member ella1978 from the Su Casa group:

Hello fellow Casa readers! I wanted to add to the site another DIY project that my husband and I completed. We had needed a headboard for years. We would wake up every morning and one of our pillows was missing; it has slowly eeked its way behind the mattress every night. We wanted a nice fabric headboard, but to get one that would fit our bed frame would have set us back more than $400. We couldn't afford that.

So I read about a dozen websites and decided that I could come up with an idea that would work for us.  After a lot of thinking, I came up with this sketch:

Confusing, right? Well not to me I suppose. Essentially there were two 2-by-3-feet legs that attached to the bed frame. Then there was one 30-by-64-inch sheet of 1/2-inch MDF covered in high-density foam, batting, and fabric. I wanted to make the headboard portion easily removable so that we could cover it in new fabric easily, so we drilled in and glued on four bolts through the MDF, under the foam, batting, and fabric. These bolts slid into four corresponding counter-sunk holes in the "legs."


Continue reading to see the final product and learn the steps!

Here are the materials you will need to complete this project:

  • 1/2" MDF (4x8 sheet)
  • 1- 2"x3"x8' piece of lumber
  • 2" thick high density foam to cover headboard
  • Cotton/ polyester batting
  • Fabric large enough to cover the headboard size, the thickness of the batting, foam & MDF with a few inches to spare for stapling.
  • Four 5/8" bolts (w/ 4 washers and 4 nuts) for attaching headboard to the frame
  • Four bolts (with 8 washers & 4 nuts to attach headboard frame to bed frame (this will vary depending on your bed frame)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Gorilla glue
  • 1" spade bit
  • 1/4" finishing staples

And here is the finished product:

We have step-by-step instructions on our blog, including sketches showing each step. Check out the DIY project here. The project cost us $120, and we had enough leftover material to make an end table and extra matching pillows if we wanted to!  Way better than $400 for the headboard alone.

Have you been doing any DIYs lately? Be sure to post your photos and tutorials in the Su Casa group! Want to see another DIY headboard project? I made an upholstered nailhead trim headboard for only $63!

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