Over the weekend I decided to build the headboard for my Mom's guest bedroom. I can not believe how easy this project was and I love the result! I added curved lines and nailhead trim which made the project a little more difficult, but it was still pretty easy. Since there are already a million tutorials on the internet I didn't take many how-to pictures but this is basically how I did it.
First I went to Lowes and bought a 4' by 8' piece of plywood and a large piece of MDF. Our table saw is broken and I didn't want to mess with the big cuts anyway so I had Lowes cut the pieces down for me. Since this headboard is for a queen size bed, I had them cut the plywood down to 48" X 65". Then they ripped the MDF into two 5" wide sections for the legs.
Once I got home I used our miter saw to cut the legs to the desired length.
To make the cutouts on the headboard, I used a compass to draw the curves and then used a jig saw to cut out the shapes.
Next, the legs were attached with screws and the extra MDF was cut down to make a frame around the rest of the headboard. When finished the frame looked like this:
I added the MDF pieces because I wanted to use nailhead trim and they provided a raised surface to nail into. I wanted to use a thick foam inside the frame to make the headboard soft but I only used a thin layer of quilt batting over the MDF pieces so the nailheads could tack into the hard surface. But even if I wasn't using nailhead trim, I still would have added the MDF pieces because they also give the headboard thickness. Since I was using the nailhead trim, the picture above shows the front side of my headboard. If I wasn't using nailhead trim then I would have flipped it over and used this side as the front and wrapped the whole thing in the thick foam:
Does that make sense?
Anyway, next I used 1 inch foam and spray adhesive (plus a few staples) to fill in the interior of the frame and make everything approximately the same thickness. Then I laid my fabric (P Kaufmann Jacobean Batik Floral - Inoteca Indigo) facedown on the floor with a layer of quilt batting on top. The headboard was laid facedown on top of the fabric and the batting and I got to work wrapping and stapling everything to the backside of the frame.
Once the headboard frame was covered in fabric I used extra batting and fabric to wrap the legs for a finished look.
I bought some nickel-plated nailhead trim and this nailhead spacer on EBay a few months ago and I decided to use it on this project.
Attaching real nailhead trim is tedious but the spacer definitely helped keep things straight. I ran out of nailheads so I had to order some more, but here is the final result (minus a few nailheads).
What do you think? I can't wait to see it in Mom's guest room!