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Padded Headboard & Bed

Posted on the 22 March 2012 by Vixenmade @vixenMade

It's true.  Another furniture post.  I'm thinking this is probably the last one for awhile.  Unless I decide to whip up a new bedroom dresser this weekend... but probably not.I do hope you're enjoying these projects.  Especially because this one's my favorite.My daughter's new headboard and bed.
Padded Headboard & Bed
I have been wanting a new bed for her for the longest time.  I've been searching thrift stores and the local online classifieds for awhile.  I haven't found the perfect headboard.So we made our own.
This is not a proper tutorial.  It's just a walk through of how we put it together.  My husband will have to create a cut list and tutorial for me to add to the blog sometime if you're interested.  So if you are.. let me know!!
Here we go.  We made a frame for her twin size bed first.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Once he made the frame, he measured out how wide we wanted the headboard.  I sketched this out on plywood and he cut it out with his jigsaw.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
He added legs and slats from 1x3's.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
I decided not to add an edge or lip around the perimeter of the bed since I knew I wanted to have a bedskirt for her bed.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Here is the bed and the headboard.
Padded Headboard & Bed
I then took my batting so I could make it 'padded' and upholstered with fabric.
Padded Headboard & Bed
I used 2 layers of batting (though you could use more for a plush look).
Padded Headboard & Bed
I laid the headboard over the batting and used my stapler to attach the batting and fabric.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
You want the batting snug but not too tight.  Just as long as you still have your headboard shape.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Be sure your fabric is pressed well with an iron (wrinkles suck!).  Then lay your headboard face down onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Do the same and wrap and staple on the fabric.  It gets a little tricky around the curves, you may have to cut slits in the corners to have your fabric snug.
Padded Headboard & Bed
And that's all there is to it.
Padded Headboard & Bed
Padded Headboard & Bed
He then attached the headboard to the bed frame and we were done!
Padded Headboard & Bed
I love it so much now!!  And most importantly, she adores it too!!  Her 'princess' bed as we call it.
Padded Headboard & Bed
And once again:  the bed was made with leftover supplies we had.  The wood was all from past projects, the batting and fabric I already had.  I actually used the same blue bird fabric on her patchwork pillow.
Padded Headboard & Bed
So if you want a thorough tutorial, let me know and I'll post it next week!Have a fabulous day!!

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