Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Headboard Happiness

Remember when I wrote about the Jenny Lind bed that got away?  Well, we decided that we will continue looking for my dream bed for Lucky, but in the meantime, we'd like to try something fun and cheap for her room!

We used this tutorial from Sherry and John at Young House Love and made an upholstered headboard for the Lucky Girl.

Since we are passing the daybed she had been using on to another home, we needed to track down a twin bed frame.  It was easy to find one on Craigslist for the low price of $10.  Ironically, the little girl that had been using our new bed frame shares the same first name as Lucky.  How cool is that? 

Next up, I chose the size of headboard I wanted to make and picked up canvas stretching frame pieces from a local art store.  A twin size mattress is 39" wide and since the frame pieces were available in even numbers, I decided upon a 40" width.  As for the height, I wanted a big ol' headboard, so I chose to make it 60" tall. 

I picked up some batting and this fabric which coordinates nicely with her new bedding:

It was a very easy project, as we just followed the steps in the Sherry and John's tutorial.  We glued the pieces of the frame together, let it dry and then stapled the batting on the frame:

Next, we lined up the patterned fabric as best we could and stapled around the frame in a 6 o'clock, 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 9 o'clock pattern so the fabric wouldn't veer off center.  The stapling of the batting and fabric took at most 20 minutes.

Here's a corner close-up:

Here is the final result:

And here's a mini-reveal photo of it installed (more pictures to come soon):

And the Cost Breakdown:
Metal Twin Bedframe: $10
Wood Canvas Stretching Frame from Local Art Store: $15 with coupon
Batting from Hancock Fabric: $4 for 2 yards on sale
Fabric from Joann's: $10 for 2 yards on sale/coupon
Total: $39

Compared to $37.98 for this universal bed frame from Sam's Club that is the cheapest new frame we could find in stock locally.
For $1 more, our custom bed is a no brainer!

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