When the weather turns yucky I get a yen for things that are squishy, duvets, blankies, cushions, carpets, you name it so long as it's sink-into-able. Realsimple has an idea for re-purposing a seen-better-days comforter into a luxe looking upholstered headboard.
- A quilt,
- a piece of 3/4-inch plywood four feet tall and as wide as your bed (twin, 39 inches; full, 54; queen, 60; king, 76),
2-by-3-by-40-inch pieces of wood,
- scissors, a staple gun,
- 1/4-inch staples,
- a drill
- 2 four two-inch screws.
It's not include in the instructions but I have a bunch of quilt wadding to use up so I would add it for extra puffiness.
what you'll need to do:
- Spread the quilt right-side down on the floor. If your using extra wadding lay it down now too. Place the plywood on top, avoiding any icky areas on the quilt.
- Cut the fabric (and wadding), leaving a four-inch border around the panel.
- Attach the fabric to the plywood with staples about three inches apart. Do one side, then (pulling the fabric taut) the opposite side, then the remaining sides.
- If you're using extra wadding then you could do a mock tufting type thing by stapling trough the layers of squishyness onto the plywood from the front. You could also add self coloured buttons. Have a peek at ModHomeEcTeacher's awesome post on Mock Tufting for inspiration
- Now the legs...Drill two 1/2 inch deep holes on the wide side of each two-by-three, at 4 and 10 inches from one end
- Position the two-by-threes about six inches in from the edge
of the plywood so they extend about 24 inches past the bottom of the
- Screw the whole thing together with your 2 inch screws using your handy pre-drilled holes.
- Prop the headboard up against the wall then push the bed up to it.