HOW TO: MAKE AN UPHOLSTERED BEDHEAD (with nail trim)


Simple, Chic and under $250


There are a million and one ways to make a custom DIY bedhead and we have a tutorial for the simplest and most cost effective way to do it. In this blog post we take a square shaped piece of timber and create a cheap feature for your bed and room for under $250 (depending on choice of fabric). You can find some bedheads in furniture and designer stores for well over $1000-$2000, and you will be able to complete this project with your own choice of quality materials and a few hours work.

Materials

Materials Checklist
MDF Board Cut-to-Size (16-18mm thick)
Foam Sheet or Foam Cut-to-Size (2 layers 25mm thick)
Dacron/Polyester Wadding (approx. 2 metres)
Upholstery Fabric (approx. 2 metres)
Foam Contact Adhesive
*Optional* Dustcover Material/Back Finishing Fabric (approx. 2 metres)
*Optional* Decorative Nail Trim (approx. 5 metres)
*Optional* Bedhead Mount – to wall or ensemble base

Tools:
Staple Gun & Staples
Scissors & Knife for cutting fabric, foam & wadding

Depending on the total height of your timber and finished size of your bedhead will obviously have a result in the amount of fabric and materials you will require. Majority of hardware stores supply MDF timber board at a maximum width of 120cm wide. For this tutorial we have kept the height of the bedhead at 120cm as anything higher would need the construction of a frame. Most upholstery fabrics are a minimum width of 137cm which gives you just enough overlap for the material to be stapled over the other side of the timber. Depending on the size of your bed you will generally make the bedhead the same width as your ensemble base.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE:

Foam Cut-to-SizeOnce you have gotten your timber board cut to your desired size, we will now cut our foam pieces to suit.

For this project we will lay 2x pieces of 2.5cm foam to give us an overall thickness of 5cm. Our base layer will be cut slightly smaller than the second layer which will create a domed shape towards the edge, known as “crowning”.

Using a standard trimming knife or electric bread knife are best for straight easy cuts. (Luckily foam is flexible and once upholstered won’t show any jagged cuts or imperfections)

We will cut our largest piece of foam first which is used as the second/final layer foam. Lay your piece of timber on top of your foam sheet and cut out like a stencil to match the same size as timber board.

foam piece foam piece 2We will next cut the base layer which will be used from the off-cuts and left over from sheet. You can determine how close to the edge you would like to create your base layer, in this situation we have made a border of approximately 12cm around the outside of the foam. (Please note: If you will be mounting your bedhead to the ensemble base, be sure to leave some exposed timber without foam to screw brackets into)

Once you are happy with the positioning and sizes of your two layers of foam, it is time to glue them in place with a contact adhesive. You don’t have to use a whole lot of glue, but just enough to hold them together and stop them from moving as you apply your fabric and/or wadding.

If you are using “Dacron/Polyester Wadding” be sure to take the wadding all the way over each side of the timber to help take the hard edge off the headboard. This is then glued in place and excess can be cut off with a pair of scissors or knife.

 

Now that our base is complete it is time to do the fun part, stapling!

dacron wrap 2

 

 

stapling-1Unfortunately if you don’t have a professional air powered or electric staple gun, this process can be relatively labour intensive with standard manual hand tackers, so if you have a friend’s gun to borrow or hiring one from the local hardware shop is definitely advised. (We also sell all types of DIY and professional staple guns and staples via our online store.)

stapling-2 stapling-3One main hint while stapling any type of fabric to a flat surface is to put a few staples in some centred anchor points to keep the fabric square and to avoid shifting while you are making your way along each edge.

Be sure to pull fabric as tight as possible over the edges to avoid puckering and the material looking sloppy.

In most cases no one will ever see the back of your bedhead but to give it that nice professional looking finish it is best to use a dustcover/finishing fabric like calico to hide the rough edges of the fabric and the hundreds of staples.

At this stage you should have a simple finished bedhead! Some people like plain and simple but if you want to give it an added feature, it’s time to use some decorative upholstery nails.

 

nailtrim-1 nailtrim-2 nailtrim-3Using individual decorative upholstery nails can be tricky which is why the continuous strip version was invented to make it easier over straight edges for faster results. Depending on the size of your bedhead will determine how many metres you will require but most will need no more than 5 metres of strips with matching nails. You will find that with every 5th nail on the strip is a hole where an actual nail will hold it in place in the timber.

Start laying your first strip from one of the top corners and make your way along the bedhead keeping the strip as straight as possible. If you don’t have a proper upholsterers magnetic tack hammer with nylon tip, you can use an ordinary small faced hammer with a bit of fabric over the face to stop the metal on metal causing scratches/chips on the studs. Another alternative is using a piece of blue tack on the end of the hammer to avoid damage. Foam will compress under nail and create a nice bubble along the

Strips only have to be taken down the sides where visible and are unnecessary all the way to the bottom edge. This process takes practice and by the time you finish you will most likely have mastered it and want to start it from the beginning again.
finished-resultCongratulations on creating a custom work of art worth upwards of $1000-$2000 in most retail stores.

In our next tutorial we will give you step-by-step instructions on the different ways to mount your bedhead to your either your ensemble base or the wall.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or to purchase any of the products please visit the website or call us on (02) 9773 1999.

Stay tuned and keep upholstering!

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How To Safely Transport Your Upholstered Furniture

At the end of a tiring day of moving house, the last thing you want to discover is that your upholstered furniture has been damaged. It happens far too
often, and the frustrating thing is that it can so easily be avoided.

Here are our top three tips for avoiding damage to your upholstered furniture when relocating; follow them for a happy moving day!

1. Disassemble bigger items when you can –
This won’t work for all furniture, but some bed frames, couches, and bigger upholstered furniture is able to be disassembled. If it is possible, it is
strongly recommended to do so before you attempt to transport the item. This will prevent damage from occurring to the joints and screws of the furniture
(which can be less sturdy on furniture that is able to be disassembled) and also make the item easier to transport, limiting the risk of knocking walls and
door frames or dropping it.

2. Measure spaces before you attempt to relocate –
On that same note, if you fail to properly measure the door frames of your old and new property, you run the risk of making your furniture get a little too
friendly with your walls. It happens time and time again; people attempting to move on their own forget to do their due diligence and end up jammed in a
doorway slowly damaging their upholstered couch.

3. Choose reliable storage –
For those who are keeping their furniture in storage in between relocations, it’s important to choose somewhere reliable. Although everyone wants to find
the cheapest option, it can be worth not completely going the basement bargain route if you want to keep your possessions safe. Go for somewhere with
reliable security, and generally doesn’t look like it’s going to cave in any time soon.

If something does get damaged during your relocation, you can always replace your upholstery with the expert help of Home Upholsterer.

Love these tips? You’ll find even more in this online moving house checklist.

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HOW TO: MAKE AN UPHOLSTERED STORAGE OTTOMAN – Functional & Fashionable Furniture in a Few Easy Steps!

Upholstered Storage Ottoman

Upholstered Storage Ottoman

Making a DIY upholstered storage ottoman is a quick and easy project, resulting in a chic and practical living room piece. Depending on how expensive your taste in fabric is, this project is extremely affordable and requires relatively simple tools and techniques to create a high-quality finish.

An ottoman can be a great way to accessorize your lounge or living room and can be executed in variety of ways, to suit a range of tastes. Perhaps you want to create an ottoman that ties in with your existing living room palette, to make seating more comfortable and provide additional storage space.  Alternatively you may wish to create an ottoman that acts as a statement addition to the room, using a bold print or colour and designer buttoning or leg designs to contrast with your existing furniture and provide a focal point within the room.

Time: Half a day

Cost: $50 – $100 (Depending on fabric choice)

 

What you need:

 

box assembly 1STEP 1: ASSEMBLE THE BOX

Use MDF glue and screws to secure the sides of the box to one another as shown. Then install the bottom. Pre-drill holes to prevent splitting. Install the four leg brackets, then screw the legs in place.

 

 

box assembly 2box assembly 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

attach bonded poly fibreSTEP 2: ATTACH THE BONDED FIBRE (DACRON)

Cut the bonded fibre to size, and then position it along the sides of the box, letting fibre extend 50mm over the top and below the bottom. Hold the fibre square and flat while using staples to secure it to the edges, inside and at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

STEP 3: UPHOLSTER THE BOX

Cut a 432mm wide strip of fabric long enough to wrap around the entire box. Sew the ends together. Slip this over the box and staple the overhanging material on the inside and bottom to hold everything in place.

 

 

 

build the topStep 4: Build the toP

Drill a 5mm hole for each button according to the diagram. Layer the fabric, fibre and foam, then spray the MDF lid with contact adhesive and set it in place. Fold the material over the edges of the lid and staple it in place.

 

 

 

 

button tuftingStep 5: Install the Buttons

Use a long straight upholstery needle to thread the fabric-covered buttons onto 30cm lengths of button twine. Thread the twine up through the holes in the MDF, through the layered materials, through the button loops, then back down through the holes.

 

 

 

 

button tieingStep 6: Secure the Buttons

Pull the twine tightly from the underside of the lid so the buttons make deep indentations in the foam. Knot the twine over short pieces of fabric to prevent the knots from slipping through the holes.

 

 

 

More Information:

For more information on products and prices, visit our online store www.homeupholsterer.com.au or call us on (02) 9773 1999.

 

References:

Home Upholsterer (2012)

Reiman Media Group, LLC. (2012) Fresh Home Ideas


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HOW TO: MAKE AN UPHOLSTERED BEDHEAD – Designer Finish at a Bargain Price (with buttons)

Designer Upholstered Bedhead

Image: Yahoo 7 (2012) Better Homes and Gardens

A striking upholstered bedhead can be a sophisticated focal point of a bedroom; giving a room a sense of luxury and turning a blank wall into a feature wall without a drop of paint in sight.

Unfortunately however, that ‘expensive look’ can come at a pretty steep price, with upholstered and decorative buttoned bedheads selling in stores from $900 up to $3000 and higher!

However, what might surprise you, is that achieving this high-end look is actually very simple and cost effective when you have the right products, some helpful advice and a little bit of DIY spirit.

Things you need:

  1. Upholstery fabric of your choice: upholstery fabrics
  2. Upholstery Fabric Covered Buttons (If you want to create a button effect on your bed head you will need to have buttons covered in your chosen fabric – available from our online store: upholstery covered buttons).
  3. Sheet of Foam to be cut to your desired size (50mm-75mm thick recommended for this usage, but you can always layer our thinner foams on top of each other) foam sheets
  4. MDF Board (Cut to the dimensions of your bed head – please see below)
  5. Calico to cover foam before chosen fabric upholstered (recommended but no essential)
  6. Long Straight Needle (Our specialty mattress button tufting needle recommended in 300mm or 350mm)
  7. Upholstery Nylon Buttoning Twine
  8. Tape measure
  9. Stanley Knife or Electric Bread Knife
  10. PVA wood glue (Only if your making a non standard frame)
  11. Staple Gun
  12. Scissors
  13. Brackets (for wall mounting or directly to bed base)

DIMENSIONS OF BEDHEAD:

(The size of you bed head is up to you, however here are some standard sizes as a guide)

  • Dimensions will differ depending on whether the bed head is floor resting or wall-mounted.
  • When deciding on the dimensions of your bed head, remember that particular bed head designs work better at certain heights.
Single 100cm wide 130 high
King single 110cm wide 130 high
Double 142cm wide 135 high
Queen 160cm wide 140cm high
King 190cm wide 150cm high

Your bed head can have a finished height anywhere between 120cm – 160cm.  

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE:

Step 1: Cutting & Drilling the MDF Board

Cut MDF to size using a jigsaw (or have it cut at your hardware store). Measure and mark a grid on MDF, intersecting lines where you want buttons to be positioned. Drill a small hole where lines intersect.

 

Step 2: Preparing the foam

Mark and cut foam to same size as MDF using a utility knife. The thicker the foam the greater the depth of the bed head as well as the depth of the ‘buttoning effect’.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Cutting & Layering materials

Cut upholstery fabric and Calico (lining) fabric to size for front – each needs to overlap MDF by at least 200mm on each side.
Lay upholstery fabric face down on a flat surface. Lay lining fabric on top then foam, then place MDF on top.

 

Step 4: Attaching the fabric

With fabric pulled tight, fix to MDF using a staple gun. Fix 1 side at a time, checking fabric is tight and even as you staple.

 

 

Step 5: Threading and inserting the button

Thread a long straight needle. Working from back, thread needle through 1 hole in MDF. Stitch thread through a button at front of bed head, then feed needle back through same hole. Pull thread firmly to achieve desired look at front of bed head. Maintaining pressure, tie thread in knot to secure. (Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for each button-hole).

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Ensuring a neat finish (OPTIONAL)

Measure and cut length of lining fabric to cover back of bed head. Allow for enough fabric so edges can be folded over for a neat finish. Affix with a staple gun.

 

 

Step 7 (a): Wall mounting (OPTIONAL) or

Find the studs in the wall where the headboard will be hung. Mark on the back of the headboard in pencil where your connectors should be installed to line up with the studs in the wall. Install the mounting brackets onto the wall. Attach the headboard to the brackets with a screwdriver or drill. You can find a choice of 2 here: Brackets & Furniture Connectors

 

 

Step 7 (b): Mount directly to bed base (OPTIONAL)

Ezy-Fit Bed Bracket Set

Using our bed bracket sets, it makes it easy to attach your bedhead to your ensemble base, allowing you to move the bedhead as the bed moves. A Step-By-Step guide to install these brackets comes inside the box and is very easy to follow. You can find multiple options here: Brackets & Furniture Connectors

More Information:

For more information on products and prices, visit our online store www.homeupholsterer.com.au or call us on (02) 9773 1999.

 

References:

Home Upholsterer (2012)

Yahoo 7 (2012) Better Homes and Gardens

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Gothic Revival – Splendour & Sensuality

Warwick Fabrics Burlesque Collection

Warwick Fabrics Burlesque Collection

Warwick Fabrics De Havilland Collection

Warwick Fabrics De Havilland Collection

Warwick Fabrics Filippo Collection

Warwick Fabrics Filippo Collection

Warwick Fabrics Walthamstow Collection

Warwick Fabrics Walthamstow Collection

We can thank Twi-hards (The Twilight Saga Fans) the world over for the trend towards all things vampire and the return to the romantic mystery of gothic style. Despite the current trendiness of the gothic or vampire genre, this style of décor is certainly not reserved for teens! Instead gothic features in fabric and furnishings can offer a mature, sensual style perfect for a beguiling boudoir.

Décor of this style often features brocade or damask patterns in velvet or jacquard fabrics.  These gothic-style upholstery fabrics are rich in texture, often featuring silky, sheer and draped details, which combine to create a lavish and sensual mood.

This style favours rich colours including, black, red, purple and brown but can be transferred to any colour palette for a unique take on the trend. Sophisticated metallic accents are often used to offset the dark tones common in this style, in addition to providing a contemporary edge to often antique-themed styling.

The gothic revival trend can be executed in either a minimalist style, with beguiling accents or a lavish centrepiece as well as combined to create a distinct style of splendour and extravagance.

Design Ideas:

Run with this extravagant style, adding trimmings such as: decorative nails for a more gothic finish or gimp braid, trimming or tassels for a more romantic luxurious design.

Complete the look with furniture legs in rich dark woods that heighten the colour palette or choose contemporary chrome legs to give a harder style finish and create a unique style contrast.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au

 

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Botanicals – In Full Bloom

Warwick Fabrics Alexia Collection

Warwick Fabrics Alexia Collection

Warwick Fabrics Elvira Collection

Warwick Fabrics Elvira Collection

Warwick Fabrics Essence Collection

Warwick Fabrics Essence Collection

The botanical trend sees the classic floral print reinvented, with the increasing popularity of fresh, bold, modern prints that reflect the simple beauty of the natural world. This rapidly blooming trend can be seen in fabrics that incorporate shapes of trees or leaves, as well as more contemporary abstract versions of the timeless floral print.

The natural features of the botanical trend carry over to the fabrics’ composition, with many of the designs in this category comprising of natural fibers such as cottons or linens or featuring organic woven textures.

This versatile trend is available in both muted and bright colour schemes, with the current neutral and citrus trends appearing in many botanical-inspired collections; ensuring these elegant prints remain contemporary.

 

Design Ideas:

Floral prints a little too ordinary for you? Take this trend to the next level by layering contrasting prints; be it floral on top of floral or the ever-chic floral on top of stripes, for that contemporary whimsical look.

The botanical trend is incredibly versatile and compliments any style or age of home perfectly. Nature-inspired prints teamed with rustic wooden furniture would be an eclectic addition to an industrial-chic apartment. However an updated take on the classic floral print would compliment a vintage style room or heritage home effortlessly.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Upholstery Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Metalics – Luminecent Luxe

Warwick Fabrics Shangri-la Collection

Warwick Fabrics Shangri-la Collection

Warwick Fabrics Burlesque Collection

Warwick Fabrics Burlesque Collection

Warwick Fabrics Glitz Collection

Warwick Fabrics Glitz Collection

 Incorporating the metallic trend is a great way to add texture and interest to a room without necessarily using bright colours (although metallic tones do accompany bright colours perfectly). When used subtly and with the correct colour palette, metallic fabrics can add sparkle and romance to a room. This year sees metallic upholstery fabrics evolve to become less brassy and increase in subtlety and softness, as golds and bronzes are replaced with copper and cognac hues. These softer metallic and pearlized tones create an elegant but modern look, allowing you to inject some stylish shimmer into a room, as either a centrepiece or as a continuing theme to add depth to a room.

 

Design Ideas:

Overwhelmed by the idea of metallics? Start small; introduce this style to your home with shimmering scatter cushions or small pieces that allow you to road test this trend before making a more substantial commitment.

When using metallic fabrics on chairs or lounges, try adding metal or chrome finish legs as they compliment this contemporary style perfectly.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Ethnic Inspired – Eclectic Spirit

Warwick Fabrics Anthropology Collection

Warwick Fabrics Anthropology Collection

This eclectic trend sees a combination of ethnic inspired prints, in natural fibers, featuring muted earthy hues like clay, stone and ochre. These features combine to create an intriguing, spontaneous style, rich with culture and reminiscent of the souvenir-laden home of a world traveler.

Fabrics influenced by this trend feature prints inspired by the textural patterns of kilims in Central Asia and the eclectic objects of the Middle East. Use this nostalgic and inspirational style to give a room maturity and warmth, allowing you to weave a rich and unique back-story into the space.

Design Ideas:

This style lends itself perfectly to other natural and woven materials including wooden, cane and wicker furniture as well as accessories in woven or natural textures to heighten the eclectic character of this style.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Monochromatic Prints – New York Loft Chic

Warwick Fabrics Walthamstow Collection

Warwick Fabrics Walthamstow Collection

The monochromatic trend encapsulates a return to classic sophistication but with an edge! Black and white dominated the runways in New York during the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion shows, and it is now extending its reach to furniture and home decor. We are seeing traditional patterns in this colour scheme as well as the emergence of new, bolder, and unexpected patterns in the chic black and white colour range.

 

Design Ideas:

Give this sleek look some edge with modern red accents, heightening the New York loft chic style. Incorporate a red ottoman; scatter cushions or accessories to offset the monochrome trend.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au. We can also provide you with a big range of upholstery supplies, so contact us today!

Warwick Fabrics Abela Collection

Warwick Fabrics Abela Collection

Warwick Fabrics City Chic Collection

Warwick Fabrics City Chic Collection

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FABRIC TRENDS FOR 2012: Neutrals – Sturdy Foundations

Warwick Fabrics Ananya Collection

Warwick Fabrics Ananya Collection

Beige, taupe and recently grey are popular and practical colour choices because of their flexibility and range. Neutrals are the perfect foundation palettes as they fit into most color schemes, and their versatility means they can be used as a backdrop for a wide range of louder colors (like the citrus trend).

Design Ideas: Worried that this look might be too boring? Add texture by using woven and multi-textured upholstery fabrics to add interest. Or lift a neutral lounge or chair with brightly coloured scatter cushions, providing the room with some energetic splashes of colour.

If you would like to order these or any other Warwick Fabric, you can do so by calling us on (02) 9773 1999 or emailing us at info@homeupholsterer.com.au

 

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