There are many people who make their own fabric headboards with the help of online tutorials and I felt as if I needed to join the club. I really wanted to have a deep tufted linen headboard for myself, but, considering this is my first try, I decided to go easy. I am currently redoing my 16 year-old boy’s room and I thought a nailhead trim headboard might be a good addition in his room.
I read a good tutorial here and skipped some of the process and ingredients to stay easy and cheap. So let’s start! I bought a 4 by 8 11/32 inch thick pine wood board for the body and 2 of 2 * 2* 8 strips to make some depth without having to use expensive foam. I cut them to the sizes that I want at the store, (I believe any hardware store can do this for you), so all I needed to do was play around with my new toys.
My boy’s room is not very big and he also needs a desk and a drawer in his room, so a full size bed looked like the best option. I made this headboard before the new mattress was delivered, so I read the dimensions from the furniture website and had an employee at Lowe’s cut the pinewood board 1 inch wider each side ( so, 2 inches in total and the final width is 54 inch (52 inch which is the original width of the mattress plus 2 inch) and 40 inch high. I was not sure if this is the height that I wanted, but I could adjust it using the wood strips that I bought together. So here are the steps and pictures for you.
It looked great even before the nailheads. The color of the wall is dark navy, (it seems black because I took this photo at night), and gold rich velvet fabric was a good match.
Now time to play with nailheads. It is not a hard task, but you may find difficulty setting them up in a straight line. The job is very tedious. I bought 6 packs of these nailheads from Hobby Lobby.
Mark the spots where you want your nailheads to be placed. My nailheads were 1 1/2 inch apart from the edges.
Using a rubber mallet and a needle nose pliers, hammer them down.
The total cost of the project is $154.55 or less.
Wood strips $2.56 (for two)
Rubber mallet $4.97
Wood screw (2″) $4.97
Fabric glue $7.50 (using a 50% off coupon)
Staple gun & staples $24.60
Tacks $ 12.00 (don’t remember the exact price)
If you already own some tools and have discount coupons, you can save more. I saved some bucks for the foam and batting using a discount code online, but I don’t remember how much I saved for them, so I just wrote down the regular prices. Normally you can buy the foam at half price using a coupon.
So, what do you think? I think $150 headboard looks great in my son’s room. I’ll reveal the completed look of the room soon.