Bedroom

Color inspiration: Black feature wall without painting the wall

After giving my bedroom a makeover, I got this crazy idea to make a black feature wall – problem is that I’m a renter and I’m not supposed to paint my walls, or if I do paint, then I need to put it back to white before I move out. I didn’t want to have to repaint so I got creative and came up with a way to cover the entire wall to make it black, all without a drop of paint touching the actual wall!

Here’s what I used to make it happen:

Ram board

Double sided tape

Contact Paper

After giving my bedroom a makeover, I got this crazy idea to make a black feature wall – problem is that I’m a renter and I’m not supposed to paint my walls, or if I do paint, then I need to put it back to white before I move out. I didn’t want to have to repaint so I got creative and came up with a way to cover the entire wall to make it black, all without a drop of paint touching the actual wall!

Here’s what I used to make it happen:

Ram board

Double sided tape

Contact Paper

DIY Murphy bed / wall bed with hardware kit & DIY LED lights

The 200 ft2 rental studio apartment I’m working on needed a Murphy bed so I built one with an industrial inspired interior complete with lighting. I did it using basic hand tools (no table saw or track saw), and without a workshop or fancy woodworking tools. It’s only the start for this studio apartment, lots more projects to come!

My Murphy bed hardware kit is from https://murphybeddepot.com/ and here’s some of the handy tools and supplies I used to build this Murphy Bed: 

WORX portable work bench

WORX cordless circular saw

Mini clamps

Carpenter square

Speed square

Veneer edge trimmer

Drill

Sander

Wood edging – 250 ft for $28

Stain (Briarsmoke)

Inside color: BEHR Butter Rum

The 200 ft2 rental studio apartment I’m working on needed a Murphy bed so I built one with an industrial inspired interior complete with lighting. I did it using basic hand tools (no table saw or track saw), and without a workshop or fancy woodworking tools. It’s only the start for this studio apartment, lots more projects to come!

My Murphy bed hardware kit is from https://murphybeddepot.com/ and here’s some of the handy tools and supplies I used to build this Murphy Bed: 

WORX portable work bench

WORX cordless circular saw

Mini clamps

Carpenter square

Speed square

Veneer edge trimmer

Drill

Sander

Wood edging – 250 ft for $28

Stain (Briarsmoke)

Inside color: BEHR Butter Rum

Building a Murphy Bed Series: Before you start – DIY Options

 

If you’ve been reading my newsletter and following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into what I call a “nimble” home: a home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to change and has everything needed: a place for sleeping, hanging out and relaxing with friends, cooking, eating and working.

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 5.32.48 PM

One of the main requirements for the design of this home was to have a sofa for relaxing and to also have a queen sized bed for sleeping. Given the size of the main living area, a mere 144 ft2, and the standard 8 ft ceiling, it quickly became apparent that a sofa Murphy bed like this one was the best solution for the space. 

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 5.35.18 PM

Since buying a ready made sofa Murphy bed was outside of the budget (they can cost anywhere from $2500-$6000 plus), it made sense to go the DIY route. A quick internet search revealed these DIY options to choose from, from least expensive to most expensive:

  1. Build the cabinet from scratch and make your own lifting mechanism/hardware.
  2. Build the cabinet from scratch and use a Murphy bed hardware kit.
  3. Assemble a pre-cut cabinet and use a Murphy bed hardware kit.

I went with option 2 mainly because:

  1. It fit the budget while allowing the use of higher quality materials (plywood vs particle board) 
  2. It also allowed for customization of the look of the cabinet.
  3. Buying a hardware kit would save time on having to figure out a design, getting parts, etc..

Having settled on option 2, next I had to decide how to put the cabinet together. There’s a few different assembly methods to choose from:

  1. Dowels and glue
  2. Pocket screws and glue
  3. Brackets and screws

Since this Murphy bed would need to be dismantled in order to be moved, options 1 and 2 didn’t make sense because the cabinet would be one solid piece of furniture.  I also have limited tools to work with, and no workshop, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, which was option 3.

After looking at all the available options out there for hardware kits, I chose this DIY panel bed Murphy bed hardware kit from murphybeddepot.com – I liked that it came with the cabinet design already laid out, including a cut list of all the components, and that there was the option of buying the hardware kit that included all the brackets and screws needed to assemble the cabinet. The cost for the Murphy bed hardware and the hardware kit to put together the cabinet is $435 (excluding taxes) and since this option involves building a cabinet,  3 sheets of plywood were also needed for that (around $150 for premium birch plywood). There’s lots of other supplies and tools involved but more on that later.

When I received the hardware kit, I read the “how-to” instructions for building the Murphy Bed which listed the following 8 steps:

  1. Prepare all wood or laminate components
  2. Mount lift mechanism
  3. Install springs in lift mechanism
  4. Assemble the bed cabinet
  5. Attach bed cabinet to the wall
  6. Assemble steel bed frame to bed face panels
  7. Install the bed face panel in cabinet
  8. Install handles, leg assembly, mechanism covers, mattress

Turns out that every step breaks down into many smaller steps, each with its own set of  considerations and challenges. Take step 1 for example. It sounds simple enough, but this took way longer than expected and involved some creative solutions to work around not having a workshop, having limited tools and building in a tiny space. It’s challenging but it is totally doable as you’ll see!

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 9.09.13 AMSo if you’re thinking of building your own Murphy bed or are just curious as to what’s involved in a project like this, subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss any of the posts in this “Building a Murphy bed series”. The next post will be all about step 1: preparing the wood components for the cabinet – stay tuned!

 

If you’ve been reading my newsletter and following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into what I call a “nimble” home: a home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to change and has everything needed: a place for sleeping, hanging out and relaxing with friends, cooking, eating and working.

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 5.32.48 PM

One of the main requirements for the design of this home was to have a sofa for relaxing and to also have a queen sized bed for sleeping. Given the size of the main living area, a mere 144 ft2, and the standard 8 ft ceiling, it quickly became apparent that a sofa Murphy bed like this one was the best solution for the space. 

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 5.35.18 PM

Since buying a ready made sofa Murphy bed was outside of the budget (they can cost anywhere from $2500-$6000 plus), it made sense to go the DIY route. A quick internet search revealed these DIY options to choose from, from least expensive to most expensive:

  1. Build the cabinet from scratch and make your own lifting mechanism/hardware.
  2. Build the cabinet from scratch and use a Murphy bed hardware kit.
  3. Assemble a pre-cut cabinet and use a Murphy bed hardware kit.

I went with option 2 mainly because:

  1. It fit the budget while allowing the use of higher quality materials (plywood vs particle board) 
  2. It also allowed for customization of the look of the cabinet.
  3. Buying a hardware kit would save time on having to figure out a design, getting parts, etc..

Having settled on option 2, next I had to decide how to put the cabinet together. There’s a few different assembly methods to choose from:

  1. Dowels and glue
  2. Pocket screws and glue
  3. Brackets and screws

Since this Murphy bed would need to be dismantled in order to be moved, options 1 and 2 didn’t make sense because the cabinet would be one solid piece of furniture.  I also have limited tools to work with, and no workshop, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, which was option 3.

After looking at all the available options out there for hardware kits, I chose this DIY panel bed Murphy bed hardware kit from murphybeddepot.com – I liked that it came with the cabinet design already laid out, including a cut list of all the components, and that there was the option of buying the hardware kit that included all the brackets and screws needed to assemble the cabinet. The cost for the Murphy bed hardware and the hardware kit to put together the cabinet is $435 (excluding taxes) and since this option involves building a cabinet,  3 sheets of plywood were also needed for that (around $150 for premium birch plywood). There’s lots of other supplies and tools involved but more on that later.

When I received the hardware kit, I read the “how-to” instructions for building the Murphy Bed which listed the following 8 steps:

  1. Prepare all wood or laminate components
  2. Mount lift mechanism
  3. Install springs in lift mechanism
  4. Assemble the bed cabinet
  5. Attach bed cabinet to the wall
  6. Assemble steel bed frame to bed face panels
  7. Install the bed face panel in cabinet
  8. Install handles, leg assembly, mechanism covers, mattress

Turns out that every step breaks down into many smaller steps, each with its own set of  considerations and challenges. Take step 1 for example. It sounds simple enough, but this took way longer than expected and involved some creative solutions to work around not having a workshop, having limited tools and building in a tiny space. It’s challenging but it is totally doable as you’ll see!

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 9.09.13 AMSo if you’re thinking of building your own Murphy bed or are just curious as to what’s involved in a project like this, subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss any of the posts in this “Building a Murphy bed series”. The next post will be all about step 1: preparing the wood components for the cabinet – stay tuned!

My LA Bedroom Makeover

 

Not sure why I waited so long to give my bedroom a new look – I love it so much more now! Lots of  small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging blackout curtains and sheer curtains to replace vertical blinds, DIY nightstand, DIY headboard, electrical cord organization, and much more! All of these ideas are quick and affordable to do and here are some of the things that I used to make this makeover happen:

NoNo brackets
Drapery Pins (to hang curtains from vertical blind clips)
Curtain rod
Black out curtains
Glue Dots Flex tabs
Smart LED lightbulbs
WORX workbench
3M Command strips – removable
Brooklinen Bed Linens

Here’s the video on how to make the side table:

And here’s the video on how to make the headboard:

 

 

 

Not sure why I waited so long to give my bedroom a new look – I love it so much more now! Lots of  small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging blackout curtains and sheer curtains to replace vertical blinds, DIY nightstand, DIY headboard, electrical cord organization, and much more! All of these ideas are quick and affordable to do and here are some of the things that I used to make this makeover happen:

NoNo brackets
Drapery Pins (to hang curtains from vertical blind clips)
Curtain rod
Black out curtains
Glue Dots Flex tabs
Smart LED lightbulbs
WORX workbench
3M Command strips – removable
Brooklinen Bed Linens

Here’s the video on how to make the side table:

And here’s the video on how to make the headboard:

 

 

How to build a small bedside table

Necessity is the mother of all inventions…. I needed a new bedside table to go with the  DIY headboard I made a few weeks ago, I had a pile of scrap wood, plus I got some great new toys, I mean tools!, including a portable work bench and a circular saw, and this is the result: a one of a kind sculptural bedside table!

Here’s a list of some of the tools and materials I used to make this table:

Tools:

Circular saw

Drill

Materials:

1”x3”

1”x4”

¾” plywood

Iron-on wood edging

Wood glue

SPAX Screws

Necessity is the mother of all inventions…. I needed a new bedside table to go with the  DIY headboard I made a few weeks ago, I had a pile of scrap wood, plus I got some great new toys, I mean tools!, including a portable work bench and a circular saw, and this is the result: a one of a kind sculptural bedside table!

Here’s a list of some of the tools and materials I used to make this table:

Tools:

Circular saw

Drill

Materials:

1”x3”

1”x4”

¾” plywood

Iron-on wood edging

Wood glue

SPAX Screws

One DIY Headboard with Two Different Looks

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:

3M Command strips – removable
Peel and Stick fabric tape
Burlap 13.5” wide panel fabric
Burlap 3” wide ribbon
Batting
Decorative nails

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

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:

3M Command strips – removable
Peel and Stick fabric tape
Burlap 13.5” wide panel fabric
Burlap 3” wide ribbon
Batting
Decorative nails

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

DIY room divider sofa bed combo

This quirky school bus conversion out in beautiful Joshua Tree is definitely one of the most unique projects I’ve worked on and my DIY sofa that also doubles as a bed and room divider is definitely one of a kind as well. It was so much fun to build and even though it was made for a bus, it could also work great in a studio apartment to help divide up the space. This is also a very affordable project: the cost, including the seat cushion foam, was $220 and here’s a list of the materials that were used:

Wood filler

¼” plywood

high density foam foam

Batting

Varathane wood stain (color: kona)

9 x 2”x4”s

2 x 4’x8’ 1/2 inch plywood

Spray Adhesive

Staple gun

This quirky school bus conversion out in beautiful Joshua Tree is definitely one of the most unique projects I’ve worked on and my DIY sofa that also doubles as a bed and room divider is definitely one of a kind as well. It was so much fun to build and even though it was made for a bus, it could also work great in a studio apartment to help divide up the space. This is also a very affordable project: the cost, including the seat cushion foam, was $220 and here’s a list of the materials that were used:

Wood filler

¼” plywood

high density foam foam

Batting

Varathane wood stain (color: kona)

9 x 2”x4”s

2 x 4’x8’ 1/2 inch plywood

Spray Adhesive

Staple gun

How to hang curtains to conceal vertical blinds

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. However when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you’re not allowed to remove them, it can get a bit tricky, especially if you can’t drill holes in the walls to hang a curtain rod. So when I came across these nono brackets on Amazon, I had to give them a try.

outside mount nono bracket

The brackets slide onto the existing vertical blind track, so if you have a plastic valance that covers the track, you will need to take that off first.

Taking-off-the-valance

Then you slide the brackets onto the track, adjust the bottom piece so it fits tightly against the track and then you tighten the screw on top. Since this particular track is very close to the ceiling, I ended up using an offset screwdriver to do this. 

No-No-bracket-outside-mount-on-track

The curtain rod is then placed on the brackets. It’s that simple and there’s no need to make any holes in the walls! 

putting-on-curtain-rod

The curtain rod held up well without a third bracket in the middle but I used very light weight curtains so if you’re planning on hanging heavy drapes, I would definitely recommend using 3 nono brackets

Putting-on-curtain-wide-view

Hanging curtains completely transformed the look of this bedroom, and it literally took just a few minutes. Plus hanging the curtains had the added bonus of hiding the A/C unit when not being used and brining in lots of color in an otherwise very white and boring room. 

Krystina's bedroom before and after front view

Hope this was helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing your window transformations!

And FYI, the curtains were just one thing I did in this bedroom makeover – I also revamped a bookcase for more storage, installed a hanging jewelry box and I also made a DIY makeup organizer. You can see all the projects I did in this video:

 

 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. However when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you’re not allowed to remove them, it can get a bit tricky, especially if you can’t drill holes in the walls to hang a curtain rod. So when I came across these nono brackets on Amazon, I had to give them a try.

outside mount nono bracket

The brackets slide onto the existing vertical blind track, so if you have a plastic valance that covers the track, you will need to take that off first.

Taking-off-the-valance

Then you slide the brackets onto the track, adjust the bottom piece so it fits tightly against the track and then you tighten the screw on top. Since this particular track is very close to the ceiling, I ended up using an offset screwdriver to do this. 

No-No-bracket-outside-mount-on-track

The curtain rod is then placed on the brackets. It’s that simple and there’s no need to make any holes in the walls! 

putting-on-curtain-rod

The curtain rod held up well without a third bracket in the middle but I used very light weight curtains so if you’re planning on hanging heavy drapes, I would definitely recommend using 3 nono brackets

Putting-on-curtain-wide-view

Hanging curtains completely transformed the look of this bedroom, and it literally took just a few minutes. Plus hanging the curtains had the added bonus of hiding the A/C unit when not being used and brining in lots of color in an otherwise very white and boring room. 

Krystina's bedroom before and after front view

Hope this was helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing your window transformations!

And FYI, the curtains were just one thing I did in this bedroom makeover – I also revamped a bookcase for more storage, installed a hanging jewelry box and I also made a DIY makeup organizer. You can see all the projects I did in this video:

 

 

Quick and affordable rental bedroom makeover

Many small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging curtains over vertical blinds, storage ideas for shoes, jewelry and more! All these ideas are quick to do and affordable and here are some of the things I used to make it happen:

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
NoNo brackets
IKEA Curtains
Curtain rod
Tension Rods
Glue Dots double sided tape

(Optional: offset screwdriver )

Want to see how I made my hanging picture frame jewelry box? Watch this video:

Ep.2- how to make a hanging jewelry box organizer

Want to see how I made the makeup organizer? Watch this video:

DIYB-makeup-organizer-featured-image_edited-1

Want to see what I’m working on next? Follow me on Instagram

Many small bedroom ideas for renters in this makeover: hanging curtains over vertical blinds, storage ideas for shoes, jewelry and more! All these ideas are quick to do and affordable and here are some of the things I used to make it happen:

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
NoNo brackets
IKEA Curtains
Curtain rod
Tension Rods
Glue Dots double sided tape

(Optional: offset screwdriver )

Want to see how I made my hanging picture frame jewelry box? Watch this video:

Ep.2- how to make a hanging jewelry box organizer

Want to see how I made the makeup organizer? Watch this video:

DIYB-makeup-organizer-featured-image_edited-1

Want to see what I’m working on next? Follow me on Instagram

Bedroom Decorating Ideas: LA Bedroom Tour

When I moved into my LA apartment, the bedroom was quite plain and boring and lacked any character or personality. I was on a tight budget to furnish and decorate it from scratch and in this episode, I show you all the budget-friendly projects I made to transform my bedroom into a beautiful relaxing space that I love. Below is a list of all the projects that are featured – just click on the links to find out more information:

Easy door molding upgrade: http://bit.ly/1Ylk6Fq

Replacing Vertical blinds with curtains: http://bit.ly/1GfRHY7

How to make a window cornice: http://bit.ly/1ZejuP8

DIY upholstered headboard and IKEA double decker nightstands: http://bit.ly/1Mjtcq7

IKEA bench makeover: http://bit.ly/1O9rWqU

When I moved into my LA apartment, the bedroom was quite plain and boring and lacked any character or personality. I was on a tight budget to furnish and decorate it from scratch and in this episode, I show you all the budget-friendly projects I made to transform my bedroom into a beautiful relaxing space that I love. Below is a list of all the projects that are featured – just click on the links to find out more information:

Easy door molding upgrade: http://bit.ly/1Ylk6Fq

Replacing Vertical blinds with curtains: http://bit.ly/1GfRHY7

How to make a window cornice: http://bit.ly/1ZejuP8

DIY upholstered headboard and IKEA double decker nightstands: http://bit.ly/1Mjtcq7

IKEA bench makeover: http://bit.ly/1O9rWqU

How to make an upholstered headboard

There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, I ended up with this headboard design that’s really easy to make and customize.

Finished bedroom full view better color 400px

Here’s what you’ll need to make the base structure of the headboard:

1/4″ plywood (width of your bed frame and height you want your headboard to be – I had mine cut at the hardware store to make things easier – 48″ x 62″)

1″x3″ boards (I used 4 x 8ft long)

1″x2″ furring strips (I used 3x 8ft long)

Step 1: Place 1″x3″ boards along the edge of the plywood and along the center (I had my plywood cut in half to make it easy to transport and I used a miter box and saw to cut the remaining boards to the desired length).

step-1-DIY-headboardThe boards on top of the plywood only to show the placement. For screwing the boards to the plywood, you’ll want to have the plywood on top of the boards.

Step-1-DIY-headboard-pic-2Step 2: Add 1″x2″ furring strips to the edge of the headboard. Drill pilot holes before screwing it in place to avoid splitting the wood.

Step-2-DIY-headboard

This makes the headboard appear thicker and the vertical pieces run past the headboard to to act as legs. How long the legs are depends on the height of the bed frame.

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-furring-strips-and-legs-showing

 

 

 

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-mattress-showing

This design allows the headboard to rest on the floor and to be wedged between the wall and the bed frame.  That’s if for the structure. The next steps are to upholster it.

Step-3-DIY-Headboard-legs-behind-bedframe

Upholstering the headboard

Step 3: Spray some adhesive on the face of the headboard and secure enough batting to cover the front and sides of the headboard.

Step-3-DIY-headboard

Step 4: To cover the headboard, I chose to use 3″ burlap ribbon and 14″ wide jute fabric but you could choose to use any fabric you have on hand. First, I stapled one length of the burlap ribbon at the top, covering the top and sides. Then I stapled the ivory jute panels, leaving approximately a 2 1/2″ gap in between panels.

 

Step-5-DIY-headboard

To fill in the gaps, I stapled one end of the 3″ ribbon to the back of the frame and used peel and stick fabric tape to seal the edges, making sure to pull tightly on the ribbon to keep is smooth and then stapled the other end in place. 

Step-6-DIY-headboard-peel-and-stick

Step 5: As a finishing touch, I added some decorative nail trim to the sides.

Step-6-DIY-headboard-thumnails-

Step 6: Installing the headboard is as easy as simply wedging it between the bed frame and the wall and I used some removable 3m velcro command strips to secure it to the wall at the top to keep the headboard from moving. No holes in the wall needed!

Step-7-DIY-Headboard-3m-adhesive-strip

This headboard was really easy to make and it’s also very simple to change up the look – for example, you could use pegboard instead of plywood and make and tufted upholstered headboard using the same technique that I used for my banquette panel. You can watch how I made the headboard and all the other projects I did in my bedroom in this video.

  Ep 8 Bedroom decorating ideas main image 400px

There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, I ended up with this headboard design that’s really easy to make and customize.

Finished bedroom full view better color 400px

Here’s what you’ll need to make the base structure of the headboard:

1/4″ plywood (width of your bed frame and height you want your headboard to be – I had mine cut at the hardware store to make things easier – 48″ x 62″)

1″x3″ boards (I used 4 x 8ft long)

1″x2″ furring strips (I used 3x 8ft long)

Step 1: Place 1″x3″ boards along the edge of the plywood and along the center (I had my plywood cut in half to make it easy to transport and I used a miter box and saw to cut the remaining boards to the desired length).

step-1-DIY-headboardThe boards on top of the plywood only to show the placement. For screwing the boards to the plywood, you’ll want to have the plywood on top of the boards.

Step-1-DIY-headboard-pic-2Step 2: Add 1″x2″ furring strips to the edge of the headboard. Drill pilot holes before screwing it in place to avoid splitting the wood.

Step-2-DIY-headboard

This makes the headboard appear thicker and the vertical pieces run past the headboard to to act as legs. How long the legs are depends on the height of the bed frame.

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-furring-strips-and-legs-showing

 

 

 

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-mattress-showing

This design allows the headboard to rest on the floor and to be wedged between the wall and the bed frame.  That’s if for the structure. The next steps are to upholster it.

Step-3-DIY-Headboard-legs-behind-bedframe

Upholstering the headboard

Step 3: Spray some adhesive on the face of the headboard and secure enough batting to cover the front and sides of the headboard.

Step-3-DIY-headboard

Step 4: To cover the headboard, I chose to use 3″ burlap ribbon and 14″ wide jute fabric but you could choose to use any fabric you have on hand. First, I stapled one length of the burlap ribbon at the top, covering the top and sides. Then I stapled the ivory jute panels, leaving approximately a 2 1/2″ gap in between panels.

 

Step-5-DIY-headboard

To fill in the gaps, I stapled one end of the 3″ ribbon to the back of the frame and used peel and stick fabric tape to seal the edges, making sure to pull tightly on the ribbon to keep is smooth and then stapled the other end in place. 

Step-6-DIY-headboard-peel-and-stick

Step 5: As a finishing touch, I added some decorative nail trim to the sides.

Step-6-DIY-headboard-thumnails-

Step 6: Installing the headboard is as easy as simply wedging it between the bed frame and the wall and I used some removable 3m velcro command strips to secure it to the wall at the top to keep the headboard from moving. No holes in the wall needed!

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This headboard was really easy to make and it’s also very simple to change up the look – for example, you could use pegboard instead of plywood and make and tufted upholstered headboard using the same technique that I used for my banquette panel. You can watch how I made the headboard and all the other projects I did in my bedroom in this video.

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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: DIY Headboard

Figuring out how to decorate a small bedroom was a new challenge I was happy to take on after living is a studio apartment for 3 years! On a budget, I got creative turning IKEA LACK tables into DIY nightstands and made an upholstered DIY headboard to upgrade an inexpensive secondhand bed frame. More DIY projects provided art for the walls, including making a frame out of leftover materials from the headboard. Last but not least, I got rid of the ugly vertical blinds and replaced them with curtains and a DIY window cornice to hide the hardware without removing any of the existing hardware. The end result was a beautiful and elegant bedroom perfect for unwinding at the end of a busy day.

Figuring out how to decorate a small bedroom was a new challenge I was happy to take on after living is a studio apartment for 3 years! On a budget, I got creative turning IKEA LACK tables into DIY nightstands and made an upholstered DIY headboard to upgrade an inexpensive secondhand bed frame. More DIY projects provided art for the walls, including making a frame out of leftover materials from the headboard. Last but not least, I got rid of the ugly vertical blinds and replaced them with curtains and a DIY window cornice to hide the hardware without removing any of the existing hardware. The end result was a beautiful and elegant bedroom perfect for unwinding at the end of a busy day.

How to organize your bedroom closet

Frustrated with a bedroom closet that doesn’t work for you? You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with it the way it is! In this episode, a renter’s closet gets a makeover so she can have easy access to everything and have more hanging space. Taking the sliding doors off and getting rid of the shelf above the rod opens up all sorts of possibilities, including adding a double hanging rod. You’ll see how easy it is to organize your bedroom closet to maximize the space, all on a budget.

Frustrated with a bedroom closet that doesn’t work for you? You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with it the way it is! In this episode, a renter’s closet gets a makeover so she can have easy access to everything and have more hanging space. Taking the sliding doors off and getting rid of the shelf above the rod opens up all sorts of possibilities, including adding a double hanging rod. You’ll see how easy it is to organize your bedroom closet to maximize the space, all on a budget.