The Honest Truth
A friend recently sent me a picture of her bedroom, wanting to know what I thought of her bedding. I told her the honest truth (that is what I am good for). The bedding was ok. Its not offensive, but it wasn’t jaw dropping either. But her headboard? It was awful. Dated. When I kindly and gently told her that, she said she didn’t really care for it, but it didn’t bother her!
Grown Up Furniture
I know that not everyone thinks about or cares about their furniture being up to date. Some people know what they like but don’t know how to acheive it. Others (like my before mentioned friend) feel like its just too expensive to buy an entire new bedroom set. I am a big believer in buying only what you can afford, and Quite enjoy the thrill of a DIY. So I polled the crowd.
I asked around my facebook friends, and was shocked to find out that most people didn’t have an actual headboard in their master bedroom. I am shocked because headboards are so inexpensive and easy to make yourself. DIY project #1. They are also a really easy way to make your room feel more finished and put together. Like a grown ups bedroom, and not a college dorm or your grandmas guest room with discarded 70’s bedroom furniture.
DIY Upholstered Headboard
I quickly sent out a few links and suggested a craft day where we could each make our own upholstered headboards. (I suggested these links: Option 1, Option 2, Option 3). The next dilemma to arise was how much fabric to order and how to attach the headboard to the wall.
How To Hang An Upholstered Headboard
There are a few options for how to hang an upholster headboard on the wall.
1. Attach wooden legs (2×4’s) to the headboard, or built the headboard tall enough to read the bedframe. Attach it to the bed frame with bolts, nuts, and washers.
2. Drill in picture hanging hooks, string a wire, and literally hang it like you would a picture frame.
3. Build your own hardware. I believe the technical term is a french cleat? But basically you take a 2×4 and cut it at an angle so that it will be attached VERY solidly on the wall, and not move or twist.
I love the look of an upholstered headboard, and I think that option #3 would be great to keep it from shifting or wobbling. It is a trick we used in the show homes to hang really heavy mirrors.
* We also used this method to hang an upholstered back to a banquette! Check out the details in this post! *