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Cheap DIY Headboard, How to Make a Padded Headboard for Your Bed

Cheap DIY Headboard Ideas,¬†How to Make a Padded Headboard for Your Bed, “Have you ever wondered how to make your own padded headboard? Here we show you how to make cheap diy headboard without touching a hammer, nails, or saw.

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Introduction on How to Make a Cheap DIY Headboard

Is your old headboard losing it’s lustre? Have you thought about buying a padded headboard, but don’t really have the money? You would be surprised at just how easy it is to learn how to make a padded headboard with this Cheap DIY Headboard instructions, especially if you repurpose your old one – you don’t even have to make one from scratch if you don’t want to.

If you are not handy with a hammer and nails, a padded headboard can easily be made from your old headboard with this Cheap DIY Headboard instructions, a headboard obtained from a thrift store, or even from an old door. If you use an old door, you would just have to mount the headboard on the wall rather than onto the bed. If you are a keen DIY enthusiast, all you would need to do is obtain some plywood, cut it to fit the size of your bed, and go from there.

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Steps in Making a Cheap DIY Headboard – Preparation & Measuring Up

  1. Measure the size of your diy headboard to see how much foam, batting and fabric you will need. You will want the foam to be at least two inches thick for optimal comfort.
  2. Add 8 inches extra to the length you have measured out as you will be wrapping the batting around the headboard.
  3. When choosing from the various types of furniture material, do not just think about decoration think about durability as well. It is best to choose a thicker fabric that will stand up to the test of time. Add 8 inches extra to the fabric just as you did with the batting.
  4. Place the foam on the ground and then lay the cheap diy headboard gently on top of it. Then, use a black magic marker to trace the shape of the cheap diy headboard onto the foam. Cut the foam into the shape of the cheap diy headboard, using the utility knife.

Make Your Own Cheap DIY Headboard Project

To make a more professional looking cheap diy headboard, iron the fabric before proceeding to these next steps.

  1. Place the fabric on your work surface with the decorative side down. The batting and the fabric should be the same length.
  2. Place the batting on top of the fabric, followed by the foam. Now, lay the diy headboard on top of all three layers.
  3. Be sure that everything is lined up evenly, and begin to pull the batting and fabric up around the edges. Once you have one corner pulled tight, use a staple gun to attach it.
  4. Proceed around the cheap diy headboard, stapling as you go – the key to having a professional looking headboard is to pull the fabric and staple at the same time. It helps to have two people working on it at this point – one to pull the fabric and one to staple – although it can be accomplished with just one person with time and patience.

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Finishing Touches of Cheap DIY Headboard

Once you have completed this part, you can add sparkle to your cheap diy headboard by using upholstery pins placed about the headboard. They have many options at the craft store, you just have to go and see what you like.

Once you learn how to make a cheap diy padded headboard for your bed, you may very well want to have one on every bed in your home. They are posh, fun and comfortable as well. So, now that you know how easy it is, don’t put it off any longer!

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