Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DIY Upholstered Headboard- 12 Devonshire

Hi!  I'm Alicia from 12 devonshire, and I was so excited when Shelli asked me to write a guest post for her amazing blog!!  Today, I'm sharing my DIY upholstered headboard with nailhead trim.
I read through dozens of helpful tutorials online before embarking on my own project, and was most inspired by Southern Exposure's.  She made a gorgeous headboard with a simple and elegant shape, thick edge, and stylish nailhead detailing.  I followed her model very closely, so I encourage you to check hers out as well! 
Even when following a model or tutorial, with any DIY, there's usually some trial-and-error and adaptation along the way.  So, in the spirit of good blogging, I documented my own step-by-step process.   
First, I taped off the shape of my headboard on the wall to determine the height and exact shape.  I played with this masking tape mock-up for days before getting comfortable that I had the right height. 
Next, I sketched out my design (based on the Southern Exposure model) and determined the measurements.  I used a 48" x 65" piece of OSB (based on a little research that suggested OSB has less of an off-gassing problem than plywood) and added primed solid wood in 5" widths for the edge pieces and legs.
I was lucky enough to have my contractor (who was remodeling our bathrooms at the time) cut the pieces and build the frame, since I don't have a jigsaw and the OSB was super-heavy.  If you don't have able and willing contractors that happen to be at your house... you could have the pieces cut at Home Depot or Lowes and rent a truck for about $20 to bring the materials home.  You'd need access to a jigsaw to get the curves, though.
Once the frame is built, the next step is attaching upholstery foam on the inside part of the frame.  I used poly-fil NU-Foam to avoid urethane products.  Rather than using spray adhesive, I just stapled in a few strategic places to hold the foam in place. 
Next, I covered the headboard with batting (Warm & Natural in twin size).  
Stapling the batting is easy because it stretches.  So, when I got to the velvet, I did not anticipate how tricky those curved edges would be!
Next up is attaching your upholstery fabric.  Follow the same steps as for the batting - laying the fabric flat on the work surface (front-side down), and then the headboard face-down on top.  (This was when I realized I shouldn't have been skimpy with my fabric!  See what a close call it was in the photo below.)

I tried to cover up those ragged edges.  It's not pretty from the back, but luckily, it doesn't really need to be!
I did ultimately cover the legs entirely, but you can't see that in these photos. 
Another lift-up to check on progress. (As with most of my projects, I had to work late at night after the kids were asleep... apologies for the grainy photos.)
Once the upholstery is done, it's time to plan out the nail-head trim design.  I determined the distance from the edge, and taped it off with painters tape.
Have fun getting to work with those upholstery nails!  I used a nailhead spacer, and it took me a while to get the hang of it, so I'd recommend starting on one of the legs, rather than right at the top - where mistakes will be fully visible.  This is a very tedious process (hours of work), but I am really glad I went with the individual nails, rather than the pre-fab trim tape.  I think the rounded edges would have been virtually impossible to pull off with trim-tape. 
As you can see, this is not an exact science, but I like to think the imperfections give it character.  And, once it's all done - you really don't notice them.
Getting just the right curve was basically a game of trial-and-error. 
Once it's all done, the final step is securing the headboard to the wall and bed-frame.  Per my contractor's suggestion, I used velcro to affix the headboard to the wall.  I used adhesive velcro and attached long strips to the wall just below the top of the headboard.  Then, I stapled the other side of the velcro strips to the back of the headboard.  It holds really well, and didn't require drilling into my plaster wall - always better avoided!

To attach the headboard to the bed-frame, simply place a few screws through the harvard frame directly into the wood legs. 


And, there you have it! 
What I loved about this design, is that you have a soft cushy center, but the double-layer of wood and OSB around the edge allows you to attach the upholstery nails without nailing through a 2 inch layer of foam.  The thick edge also gives it a nice solid look, and the added height above the euro pillows creates a bit of drama and is a grounding force in the room. 
One word of wisdom... I love the look and feel of the velvet, but a dark colored velvet is high maintenance!  Every speck of dust is visible... so, I'm constantly vacuuming, and keep a lint roller near the bed.

Thanks again, Shelli 
for inviting me to be your guest today! 

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20 comments:

  1. We made our headboard too and I love it! :)

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  2. Thanks so much for the invitation to guest post, Shelli! You have such a terrific sense of style and your blog is filled with inspiration - I'm honored and SO EXCITED to be part of it!

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  3. simply wonderful. love it all. you did a great job.
    thanks for posting.

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  4. Nice work! Looks great! Love that rug you have too!

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  5. Wow - that looks fantastic!! Great tutorial!

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  6. Wow, you made that look so easy. It looks gorgeous! I already have an upholstered headboard, but I'm considering recovering it in a pretty pattern.

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  7. I always wondered how to get nail head trim on straight. The headboard looks so tailored. I like that it's not too feminine. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Awesome job, so worth all the effort! Thanks for all the tips, I didn't know there was such a thing as a nailhead spacer.
    Pam

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  9. What an amazing job! Pinning this for sure!

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  10. Love it!!! Thanks for the inspiration

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  11. wow! That's great...love the colors! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Lovely! I have made one headboard for our guest room, and it was helpful to see your supply list as I may be doing another one. I have one tip for hanging...use a Hang Man. It is perfect for keeping it flush on the wall so it doesn't slide one bit. www.hangmanproducts.com

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  13. What a great tutorial and love the look. The nailheads add just the right final touch!!

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  14. LOVELY!!!! and I so needed her like last week when I was trying to reupholster a headboard-all i got was splinters and lots of curse words! LOL

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  15. Alicia did a beautiful job on the headboard. A true labor of love. I love it in the rich velvet fabric.

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  16. nice headboard .. so beautiful .. thanks for sharing the detail of how to do the headboard .. thanks ..

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  17. absolutely gorgeous! Nicely done!!! The thickness, nailhead trim, and rich color are just icing on the cake!

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  18. Great tutorial. I love the design of the headboard.

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  19. Whoa...that is way beyond my pay scale...I love it don't get me wrong.....but I know it could not make it....but I want it...what to do.

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