November 30, 2010 § 4 Comments
I’ve been thinking about design and building a Headboard for the Guest bedroom since some time now. I wanted something different…it needed to have fabric, unique, creative, and in my Budget ($100) and easy to build. I came up with a few ideas that involved fabric and foam that were toatally out of mybudget. This kept delaying the project until I just said to myself..”Why do I need foam?…let me do with out it.
I headed to Home Depot and bought some 1×4′s, nails, construction glue, stapler gun and stapler. My next stop was Joanne to get fabric for the headboard. I pondered between printed and solid and finally decided on Liz Clairborne’s off-white organic linen that was simply a beauty. It had the right amount of tranlucency that I needed, since this was going to be a Lighted Headboard. Why white?..Because I love the simplicity of linen in white.
The frame took me 2 days to build, since I had to buy the 1×4′s from Lowes again in order to compensate for the warped 1×4′s from Home Depot. The second time I built the frame in 20 mins. The frame is for a queen bed, so I built it a foot longer then the size of the queen bed so it overhangs 6 inches on either side. The height I kept at 36″.
I decided to buy some foam to wrap the board so it doesn’t feel too edgy for the user. I stapled it to the frame with my new staple gun (starting to love working with power tools)
The next was to install some kind of lighting into the frame. I include lighting in the frame since the room would be mostly used by Appa – my father-in law or my parents. They now wouldn’t have to grope in the night for a light switch to use the bathroom in the night. It also acts like a moodlight for those romantic nights…uh! I mean..you know what I mean.
I stapled the frame with organic linen and tested it aganist the bed, it was perfect. I now needed something to give it dynamism. I bought som ebrown fabric paint and looked for a sqaure bottom oil bottle, dipped it in the paint and printed on the fabric. I managed to organize the pattern and yet make it look casual.
This can be a quick weekend project for anybody and I totally love it. I finished in $150, since I didnt estimate for the anchors to hook the headboard to the wall.