Friday, December 31, 2010

Upholstered Headboard

Rest easy on this simple and sophisticated headboard. Made from peg-board, carpet padding, and a shower curtain, this DIY project adds texture and style to any guest room.


Step 1: Cut two 1 x 4 x 6 boards to 53 inches long, and lay on a flat surface.

Step 2: Create the frame by using the remaining two 1 x 4 x 6 boards as sides, and use the cut 53-inch-long pieces as the top and bottom parts.

Step 3: Using a saw, cut a sheet of peg-board to 5 x 4 feet. Note: This size is for a queen bed. Adjust accordingly for other bed sizes.

Step 4: Place the peg-board piece on top of the 1 x 4 boards, and align the corners and edges.

Step 5: Starting at the corner and using the peg-board holes as guides, drill pilot holes through the 1 x 4 boards.

Step 6: Place a 1/4-inch washer over each pilot hole, and attach the peg-board piece to the 1 x 4 boards using wood screws. Repeat every 10 holes until all of the x 4 boards are attached around the edges of the peg-board piece.

Step 7: Lay the carpet pad on a table, and place the peg-board assembly on top. Leaving an extra 6-inch drape over the edge, cut off excess pad around the perimeter of the peg-board piece.

Step 8: Use a staple gun to attach the carpet pad to the 1 x 4 frame, pulling gently to maintain tension. Continue until the pad is secure on all sides.

Step 9: Gently turn the assembly over, and spread the curtain fabric over the padded frame.

Step 10: Staple the fabric to the underside of the frame, making sure to pull tight. Tip: To pull the fabric evenly, staple in the middle of each side first, and then do a couple more on each side, working outward. Cut away padding as necessary so fabric can be stapled to wood directly.

Step 11: Use utility scissors to trim excess fabric after stapling.

Step 12: Adjust corners and fold, stapling as you go.

Tip: Cut away excess corner padding and fabric.

Step 13: Turn the assembly right side up. From the bottom side, find each hole, and punch an awl through the fabric to the surface.

Step 14: Using a hex drill bit, drill a hex bolt through each hole gently. Secure with two washers and a hex nut. Continue in a straight line around the edges of the headboard, using the peg-board holes as a guide.

Step 15: Attach D-ring hangers to the back of the headboard, cutting away excess pad as necessary.

Step 16: Hang on the wall using appropriate hardware for your wall type.

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