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:
- Upholstery fabric of your choice: upholstery fabrics
- 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).
- 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
- MDF Board (Cut to the dimensions of your bed head – please see below)
- Calico to cover foam before chosen fabric upholstered (recommended but no essential)
- Long Straight Needle (Our specialty mattress button tufting needle recommended in 300mm or 350mm)
- Upholstery Nylon Buttoning Twine
- Tape measure
- Stanley Knife or Electric Bread Knife
- PVA wood glue (Only if your making a non standard frame)
- Staple Gun
- 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 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
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
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)
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)
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
For more information on products and prices, visit our online store www.homeupholsterer.com.au or call us on (02) 9773 1999.
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