How to Make a Headboard on a Budget
Well, I still haven’t gotten my nap in, but I’m planning to right after pressing publish on this post. Besides, I’ve been having too much fun today to sleep!
This morning, right as Shane stepped inside from mowing, I was dashing upstairs to shower and get ready. Drats, he caught me! Luckily, I made pretty record time getting ready and we were out the door within an hour.
We were on a mission! Our goal was to finish the headboard for the guest bedroom today. Our destination: Jo-Ann Fabrics. Shane did the boring stuff like look for spray adhesive, while I picked out fabrics.
Much more fun
After we got all of our supplies, we got down to business and started hauling, cutting, and stapling away!
How to Make A Headboard on a Budget
We got all of our materials for under $100! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 piece of plywood, cut the width of the bed
- can of spray adhesive
- 2 queen size rolls of poly-down
- fabric (for our king sized bed, we used 3 yards)
- staple gun + staples
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
1) Lay a protective plastic sheet across anything you don’t want to get spray adhesive on.
Shane and I joked we were making a “kill room” – Dexter, anyone?
2) Place the plywood on an elevated surface (we used the bed) and spray the adhesive all over one side.
3) Unravel your poly-down and press it down on half of the plywood, length wise.
Then fold into thirds, still keeping it on half the plywood (this is a budget-friendly way – folding larger sheets into thirds is cheaper than buying 3-4 separate rolls and trimming the edges!)
Make sure a couple inches of stuffing is hanging over the edges on all sides.
4) Time to move to the other half! Unravel the second pack of poly-down and repeat for the top half.
5) Time to get out your fabric!
Evenly spread your fabric on top of the poly-down, making sure it’s nice and even and has a couple inches hanging off the edges on each side. Very carefully, flip the board and over so the fabric is facing down. Make sure a couple inches of fabric is hanging over the edge on all sides.
6) Starting with the long sides, pull the fabric toward the center as you staple. Once done with both long sides, carefully check the front and proceed to the short sides. Corners are last.
Annnnd – drumroll please…………………………………. The finished result!
Not bad, right? For a budget?
So that’s that. I hope this tutorial helps someone. If not, it was still fun to make It was actually a lot of fun to make the headboard, too! I’m always one who underestimates the amount of time and work it takes to get a project done, and I actually overestimated on this one. Score!
Alas, all that work certainly does work up an appetite Lunch was a little late in the day – around 2:30, so I kinda wanted to eat everything. So I made a bit of everything!
Two eggs over medium, toast w/ smashed avocado, nutritional yeast, + hot sauce, and two big slices of bell pepper with some basil hummus.
The avocado toast was my favorite, and then the eggs, and by the time I got to the bell peppers, I just ate them because they were there I followed my lunch plate up a chewy oatmeal choc. chip cookie!
Well I’ve got a Niko dog on my lap and I have a feeling she’d rather go nap on the bed with me I’m not sure what’s on tap for tonight, but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be mellow yellow.
Oh! but before I go, let me show you one other thing I did today!
I got a feather extension! It was totally a random, impulse decision. I walked into a salon I’d never been before to look at their jewelry, saw they did feather extensions, and decided to get one! I wish I’d gotten one underneath my hair too, so you could see it in back when I have my hair up. Whadya think??
Do you have a guest bedroom? How often does it get used? We put our old mattress upstairs on a new bed frame, but we rarely have house guests! Most of the people we know live here in town or an hour or less away. Usually the only time we’re guaranteed to have guests is over New Year’s Eve
Do you prefer to buy things already made/built or craft/build them yourself? I’m definitely in the former category for the most part, but this project was fun, and I’m glad we did it ourselves!
Nap time! Have a great night!