April 21, 2011

Upholstered Headboard with Nail Head Trim

Ahhh, sweet success!
My headboard is FINALLY COMPLETE!
Click if you wanna hear the planning details and the search for all my budget friendly materials cause this post is about the actual construction.

Upholstering a piece of wood is easy peasy!

1) Sand the edges of the board
2) Apply spray adhesive to the  MDF
2) Place foam (or whatever cushioning product you've chosen) on top of adhesive sprayed board
3) Place layer of batting over the foam
4) Place fabric on the floor with decorative side facing touching the ground ( & smooth wrinkles)
5) Put board and foam on top of fabric with foam touching fabric and back of the board facing you
6) Pull fabric tightly on all sides and use staple gun to secure fabric to back of the board- I like to start stapling opposite sides first. Do the corners last and fold them like a present.
7) Now the tricky part- the trim

This is where I got hung up, because I ran out of the nail heads I was using to secure the strips of nail head trim to the board. I could only find three matching boxes at Joanne's and then they were out of stock forever for over a month.
Finally they got them back in and I got Z to get the board back off the wall and could finally get to work. I do NOT usually have project hanging over my head (pun intended) for long periods of time. I'm type A all the way and like to get in and get'em done.

Here's what I started with today.
All I needed to do was secure two more sides to the outer row of trim and then the inner row. I found the easiest way to ensure the trim was straight was to set up my laser level to keep a straight line. I couldn't find any tips online to really straight trim and that lined fabric in NOT forgiving!
After getting the laser it really was a piece of cake!
{Say hello to Chew-Doggy!}
A few words to the wise-

-(1)- If you're an inpatient person or a little sloppy do NOT buy a striped fabric. You will hate you life- seriously!
-(2)-Secure the foam WELL especially if you're not using trim on the headboard. I could tell my adhesive was coming lose, but fortunately it wasn't a big deal since I was nailing it all down.

-(3)-Wear gloves that trim is SHARP- especially after you trim an edge.
 I used a French Cleat I found at Lowe's to attach the headboard to the wall. This is the perfect device to get the job done because they can support a lot of weight and are so easy to install.
I purchased 1 large cleat with a 100 pound capacity. It comes in two pieces.
It's a piece of cake to install. Just screw the first half to the wall. I used a drill and a level to get it straight.
Then screw the second piece to the back of the headboard (or anything heavy you want to hang) again making sure it's level.
 See how big the headboard is? Almost as large as the bed!

Anyhow, you should have something like this, 1/2 attached to each piece.

Grab someone to help you lift the headboard up above the cleat.   See where the cleat juts out from the wall?
The cleat on the back of the headboard will slide right into this part on the wall.

 Even though you could possibly save a couple of bucks hanging it a different way, I love this method. With it you can cheat the headboard a little to the left or right simply by sliding it!
We've moved the bed a little to the right and a little to the left and haven't had to rehang the headboard- which rocks!

And finally, the finished after!

A small piece of advice-Choose your measurements thoughtfully.When I chose the size of my MDF I decided to make a very large headboard. The H 60 x W 78  inches! The reason being, I wanted the headboard to show a little on each side of my king size mattress.
BUT ALSO- if I ever decide to use this in a guest bedroom with my QUEEN SIZE bed I can FLIP IT and USE IT SIDEWAYS. Pretty sweet, right? It will be the right width and look very dramatic as 6 1/2 foot tall headboard. Have you seen them- they look fantastic! I also left room and have supplies to finish the trim when I'm ready to change things up.

Cost Break Down:
MDF- $15
Carpet Padding- $17 (would be even less for a thinner pad)
French Cleat- $15
Fabric- Curtain Panel $8
(Target clearance )  
Nail Heads- $1.50/box (8 boxes Joann's) 
Nail Head Trim- (Ebay store)

I already had- staple gun, staples, measuring tape, spray adhesive
TOTAL: $75

Thanks for dropping in on me!
Please swing by and check out some wonderful blogs from these kind ladies who featured my headboard!
UndertheTableandDreamingChic on a Shoestring Decorating

New NostalgiaFeatured at Truly Lovely


  1. This is awesome! I love it! Found you on tatertots and jello. Have an awesome weekend!

  2. Great job! Very custom, high end look and I love that it was DIY. Headboards are so crazy expensive, and it's nice to see good ones that don't break the bank! Well done!

  3. Wow this looks fab. I am gearing up to do mine too. I have not been able to find the nailhead trim at JoAnns I think I'll have to order it. How did you attach it to the wall/or bed?

  4. Thanks so much for popping in on my project!
    I actually wrote all about the materials here (http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/2011/03/shopping-for-parts_28.html). But it's called a french cleat and I had to buy the nail head strips online and the nail heads that secure them are from Joanne's.
    Hope that helps!!

  5. This is incredible! I'm contemplating making myself a headboard when I move into my new apartment this summer and this just gave me the push I needed!

  6. What fun!!!!!!! I'd love a headboard like this, but am afraid my cats claws would ruin it. I'll have to live vicariously through yours!!!!!

  7. That is so amazing! Hope it is okay, I talked about you on my blog.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Felt like I was looking at a picture from a magazine. :-) Thank you so much for linking this up this past weekend to our Inspiration Friday party and we hope to see much more of you in the future!

  9. Looks awesome!! I am hoping to make a headboard in the near future so love to read all about it. :) I'm featuring you on my Flaunt it Friday features. Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like. Thanks for linking!

  10. it's very grand! it gives your bedroom a hotel suite quality that's very appealing! well done.

  11. Great job! I love that you made it a little wider than the mattress. It looks so nice:)

  12. I'm super impressed. It looks really awesome. I love the nailhead trim and your fabric choice. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back. Thanks so much. Looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

  13. This is beautiful! I love the colors you used.


  14. Wow this looks so great! Must be nice to be finally finished!

  15. amazing job! sorry about your boo boos! thanks for sharing it at my party!

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  17. Wow! This turned out amazing! Great job!
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} as well!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  18. You are featured at New Nostalgia tomorrow! Thanks for linking up!!

  19. I LOVE it so stinkin creative and very beautiful. I am visiting from sumo's sweet stuff linky party. I am your newest follower come and say hi

  20. Can I be way nosy and ask you approximately how much this cost to build? Trying to decide if I should buy or build...

  21. That is GORGEOUS! And I absolutely love your bedding, it ties the room and headboard together so nicely! Awesome Job!!! New follower! :)

  22. Great job on the headboard. Don't you just adore nail head trim. I'm passing on to you the Versatile Blogger Award.

  23. I seriously heart this headboard! Everything is perfect, the color, the stripes the nail head trim! Jealous!! This is soooo going in my idea file!
    Visiting from the creative bloggers party, your newest follower :)


  24. Looks so beautiful! I really want to make a head board, you have really inspired me! Thanks so much for linking up!

  25. I love it! The fabric is great...love the stripes. I would love if you linked this up to my Make it for less party! It goes on every Monday at www.Simplycadence.blogspot.com

  26. i feel your pain with the no stock of nail heads at joann's....i wasn't sure how much i would need and knew i could go back and when i did....none! ...for a long time! i still haven't attempted to finish my headboard, but i guess you have just inspired me to finish....i am glad that my headboard is a solid material though :) but i think you did a great job on your striped material....

  27. Becca, The headboard looks simply fabulous. Love the stripped fabric and nail head trim - stunning. This certainly makes a statement! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I am a little behind commenting...but I have featured this last week. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  28. despite your injuries, this turned out wonderful!!!!

  29. This is gorgeous! I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!


  30. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this, it's ADORABLE!!!

  31. Wow! This turned out gorgeous!!! So much so I am proud to feature it on our Fancy This Fridays features post today! Hope you'll check it out and grab a featured button! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/06/fancy-this-features-29.html

  32. Love the fact that this adorable headboard can be filled up on end to make a whole new style/feel for a smaller bed. Now THAT is thinking outside the box!

    Nice idea!
    visiting tonight via linky party at gingersnapcrafts (June 21,11)

    Come visit my blog too if you'd like :)

  33. That looks amazing! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  34. looks awesome job well done come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  35. I love the headboard. Thanks for the measurements. I want to make an upostered headboard too. Like one I saw at Crate and Barrel but just a headboard. I wasn't sure about the height but I love that and I have King sized bed so win win! Thanks very much for sharing.

  36. It's absolutely gorgeous! I want one!

  37. Brilliant headboard! You did a great job!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  38. This is darling! Thanks for linking it up to our party! We are featuring you this week! Come by and grab a button!

    The Sisters @ www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

  39. Totally, totally awesome! I'm saving this post, I so want to do this but can't get to it right now with the kitchen redo in progress...just love it!

  40. this is so gorgeous,Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  41. It is beautiful! So glad you linked up with us! Have a great week!


  42. Love it! Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop :)

  43. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

  44. That looks amazing! You did a wonderful job and I love the tutorial--it will definitely come in handy when I get the guts to try one for myself! ;) Love it!

  45. You did an amazing job! Your headboard is rockin!

  46. Your headboard is beautiful! So professional looking.
    I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

  47. Looks fantastic! We did a similar headboard and it's amazing what a difference it can make. Much more cost effective than the purchasing one at the store. :) Megan

  48. I love your headboard! I've wanted to make one of these for a long time, but reading your post rekindled my love for it! I have one quick question - how far down the wall does your headboard go? I've seen a lot of pictures of headboards attached directly to the wall, but no one ever includes a pictures of how it looks from the side, when you can see where the headboard stops. Is it awkward? Or totally unnoticeable?

  49. That looks amazing! I can't believe how big it is! I love it! -Sarah

  50. I LOVE upholstered headboards, but this one is perfect with the stripes and nailhead trim. Thanks for sharing at my party!

  51. Your headboard really is beautiful. I've made several upholstered headboards, but I haven't gotten brave enough to add nailhead trim. Thanks for the laser tip!

    Thank you for joining Grace at Home!

  52. This is all kinds of sensational!! I've pinned it, I would really love to do something like this for my bedroom.

  53. the trim just makes it a standout piece! love it! but i also love the horizontal stripes!

  54. Hi Becca,
    I just wanted to let you know that I featured your headboard in a blog post of my favorite DIY headboards at this link: http://www.lilikoijoy.com/2013/04/15-favorite-diy-upholstered-headboards.html
    Thank you for inspiring me! Sharon


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