When I moved into my LA apartment, I had bought a bed frame that didn't have a headboard - the plan was to build one that would have legs that could simply be wedged between the bed and the wall and not require to be screwed into anything. The first version of the headboard was upholstered with burlap and I loved it but over time, it got a bit discolored so I used that as an excuse to come up with a new look for my headboard.
The second version is more sleek and upscale, something you would find in a boutique hotel. The new look was inspired by a previous project where I had build wood wall panels to cover up an ugly wall. I love the way this one turned out and it has inspired me to make over the rest of my bedroom, so stay tuned for that!
Here's a list of materials that I used to make the upholstered headboard:
I recommend protecting the burlap or fabric with UV protectant , otherwise it may become discolored over time.
For the second version of the headboard, I used 1/4" thick floor underlayment, 1"x2" furring strips and screen molding to make the panels. Basswood strips were used to pretty up the sides.
I also used SPAX screws for this project which are my favorite - you can give them a try with this SPAX assortment screw pack
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