**Fair warning, this post has lots of awesome photos.**
This post is about how FB & I banded together to tackle a weekend project of building a custom king size head board. I FINALLY decided on what I wanted. F.B. headed off to home depot to find the MDF board and 2×4′s that we used. The 2 x 4′s were F’s idea for reinforcing the large piece of wood that would be resting behind our heads. Total cost of wood – $16. I went to JoAnne’s to get the fabric and batting. Total cost of fabric – $65
If you don’t already own a truck you should get one. This is a must have for weekend warriors. We have moved multiple time with this truck. We have also hauled pavers, wood, furniture, plants, dirt – you name it, that’s right with this truck. Yes, I will admit in my opinion it’s a bit on the small side for trucks (I drove around in a 1989 White Chevy Cheyenne for 4 years. That thing was HUGE. I miss being a tiny girl in a big pick up.) Honestly, though, any truck will get the job done when it comes to tackling weekend projects. You can bring home these material on the roof of a car or SUV, but you wouldn’t be able to have it double as a sawhorse like F.B. used the bed of the truck.
We finally agreed upon the Cavendish design for the top of our headboard. For other ideas and inspiration look here. I have to give mad props to F.B. for this. He was able to eyeball a grainy photo and turn a huge 8′ X 4′ piece of MDF board into this.
Before we went and got the wood I researched the other supplies I would need for this weekend endevor. I found WAY too many Pinterest links and Google searches to post here, but trust me I found everything I needed easily.
Fabric – This was the most expensive item in the entire project. I settled with an upholstery chevron patter from Joanne’s fabric that was 50% off, but I needed over 80 inches and it ended up costing me $30. Since I went with a pattern that couldn’t be turned length wise we had to cut it in half and overlap it. Hence, the seam down the middle. When I get tired of this fabric in a few years I plan on replacing it with a solid color.
Batting – I got the full size double thick batting also on 50% off at Joanne’s. Cost – $12. Batting can stretch. You will use this to secure the padding for your head board.
Mattress Padding – I got the full size padding. I should have gotten the Queen size, but after Frankensteining several pieces together we got the entire front of the headboard covered. Cost – $19.
Button Kits – I got 2 of them so that I could make 6 buttons total. Cost – $5.00.
Waxed Upholstery Thread – If you think a standard thread will hold, slap yourself now. Buy this and save yourself loads of grief. Cost – $4. You can find it at Joanne’s in the upholstery section.
Staple Gun & Staples – Since this was my first upholstery project, I didn’t have one of these already. Gun & Staples – $20.
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MDF Board- measured to your bed size. We had a King size bed, on a frame, on top of bed heighteners. We have a giant size bed, therefore we needed a giant sized piece of wood. We did add an extra 2 inches on either side of the bed frame.
2 x 4′s – You don’t have to actually buy these. We bought them to secure to the bed frame. You are going to want extra reinforcemnt by hanging the head board like we did. You can also hang the headboard on the wall. I highly recommend researching the method you want to use to secure your head board to the wall so it doesn’t bang during a horizontal tango. Wood cost – $16.
PIctutre Hanger-We had to go back and add this after the fact. We decided on the 200lb. bar rated for larger pictures. The 2X4 legs bare the weight while this hold the headboard against the wall. If you are using a lighter material than MDF you could use this to hang your headboard. – &10
Total Cost of Materials – $116.
F.B. custom cut the design with a jigsaw. There were multiple versions of this headboard with a smaller and larger circles at the top and sides. IF you tackle this project you may want to draw several patterns before getting the right one for you. After F.B. cut the wood he measured off where the six buttons would go, then he drilled the holes in those spots for the buttons. He added the spacers at the very end hoping it would be enough to keep the head board from banging. It didn’t. We had to take the whole thing apart the following weekend to install the picture hanger.
Next, I laid the foam mattress padding on top and cut the pieces to fit the front of the head board. You don’t want it wrapping around to the back anyway. Cut it to the design you choose. I then wrapped the foam in the batting and stapled the batting to the back side of the MDF board.
The fabric was our first major bump.(DOH! I didn’t take the pattern into consideration when I had it cut at the store). Like I said we had to cut it. I liked the pattern because of the horizontal Chevron, but it would only fit the board showing off the pattern vertically. That’s when we decided to cut the fabric. We pinned it off and spent a good 30 minutes lining up the lines of the Chevron pattern. Once we found the center we went ahead and stapled the top then pulled it tight from the bottom. Then we stapled the top, next we focused on the cuts of the Cavendish third, we pulled tight the remaining fabric so we wouldn’t get any weird creases. It took both of us to get the fabric to pull around the corners with no creases. We were running out of fabric to hold and I was afraid I had stapled F.B.’s fingers more than once. I hadn’t though.
After that, I used left over fabric to make the six buttons. It was super duper easy. I just followed the instructions on the back of the packaging. We used a nail head instead an upholstering needle to find the previously drilled holes and pull the wax thread through. That stuff was amazing! It was tough and it pulled the fabric in nice and tight to create that tufted look. It also pulled our seam together to do a better job of hiding it. Finally, we secured each button with some staples.
After we secured each button, F.B. attached the 2 x 4′s to the bed frame and voila! Our very own custom king size Cavendish headboard that cost us just a tad over a hundred dollars. I couldn’t be happier. Especially, considering the headboard that we made goes for $600-$700 (I googled Tufted Cavendish Headboards).
We are loveing it. It makes our bedroom feel like a sanctuary. It has also increased the size of the bed making it feel very regal without taking up a buch of extra space. I have since accessoriszed the bedroom with wall hangings, curtains, and sheets.
Obviously, there is more to come.
If you liked this post here is one we wrote about one of our favorite books we read to Phoebe for home school A Child’s Gem You May Have Missed
Thanks for reading,
Joy & F.B. Wood