Wednesday, January 11, 2012

$30 DIY headboard

James and I have been wanting a new headboard for a while now. However, the lack of funds has held us back. However, we got the brilliant idea to substitute some of the materials needed to make a headboard with things we already had.

List of materials we used: ($30 total)
- cardboard ($0)
- 2 yards of quilt batting ($8)
- tape, packing or duct
- staple gun
- 2 yards of fabric ($12)

So here is our process to our very low budget headboard:

1. Take huge pieces of cardboard. This was just lying around our warehouse at work.

2. Tape pieces of cardboard together. It would be best if you could find 1 piece of cardboard that was the right size instead of using 2 separate pieces like we had to.

3. Measure ideal size of headboard and cut cardboard to appropriate size.

4. Cut out a design or shape for top of headboard. James used different sized bowls to trace and make the round cuts. Using a box cutter would be best for this step.

5. Lay cardboard shape over quilt batting and cut a 2 inch perimeter around cardboard.
6. Fold batting around cardboard edge and Tape batting around the cardboard. Less tension means fluffier headboard.

7. Take your fabric and iron out any creases you may have in it. (I usually skip this step when using material and always regret it in the end.)

8. Then lay headboard on fabric and cut 2 inch perimeter of fabric around headboard.

9. Fold over fabric around edge of headboard. pulling tight and using a staple gun, staple fabric through batting and cardboard. The starting points would be the top and bottom centers and working outward. 


Then your done! Now, normally I would suggest using plywood instead of cardboard, but when that is all you have, you just have to improvise... :)  I will have to add a picture soon of it mounted behind our bed.

If you try this or if you have made a DIY headboard, I would love to see it! Post a link to share it!

47 comments:

Sandee T said...

A girlfriend of mine made a headboard and it turned out so great. I think I will be posting it on my blog. But this is a great idea if you are trying to be money conscience. Adam and I will try to make one soon. Post pictures of it mounted. Great Job you guys!

Amber said...

Your headboard looks fantastic! Low Budget or not it looks expensive and extra fancy. I"ll need to file this technique away when I transfer my daughter from her toddler bed into a big kid bed.

Sarah Frills4Thrills said...

That is AMAZING! And for just $30?!

Haley Galloway said...

I LOVE IT! Seriously think I'm going to do this! Cardboard=genius!!

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

this looks amazing! you guys did an awesome job.

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said...

love, love LOVE!

Britty said...

Wow, I'm impressed, you'd never know that was cardboard by looking at it?

My husband and I just posted about our headboard making experiences at our blog here: http://thecraftedcure.blogspot.com/2012/01/headboard-project-revealed.html
Looks like we had the same brainstorm :)

Misty said...

This is fantastic!! I'm in love with anything sustainable and not spending crazy money so I love you for this. One question, how did you mount it?

Lexie said...

This is so perfect for my apartment next year! I can't paint the walls but this would be a perfect way to class up the room a bit.

Dog Blog said...

This is beautiful and we made one, too...How did you hang in on the wall...double-stick tape fell off the wall. Staples pull out. Gorilla tape worked on fabric, but not to mount it. Help!

Anonymous said...

I would just add some heavy duty photo mounting brackets like you find at a hardware store and fix them to each side and flush mount it that way like a heavy mirror or picture. I'm Deff doing this! Great DIY, thanks! -savanah

Anonymous said...

http://i.imgur.com/wboyoVP.jpg

Made this over the weekend, just a little under 60$ total cost

Anonymous said...

This is a perfect idea to add some vibrant colors into my bedroom on a low budget. Thks working on mines this wknd

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have saw this a week ago! Mine cost me $80 since I used foam instead of batting, yours is fantastic! You should look at mine! www.fabricandoldlace.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I also love the idea that since it is cardboard it is extra light and easy to attach to the wall. Command strips would be great and easy to remove when needed.

Lindsey Ford said...

So glad to see your post! We just got a new TV and the cardboard is HUGE! I thought, "hey, I wonder if I could make a DIY headboard and use this in lieu of plywood?" Voila! I have a perfect tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm totally pumped to try this out for the bed in our guest room.

Haley said...

This is such a great idea! I never would have thought to use cardboard, but it makes more sense than plywood since it doesn't necessarily have to be sturdy. I've been holding off on making one because of the price, but I'm thinking I will definitely be making one of these.

Carrie said...

thanks for the idea! just made mine!
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Anonymous said...

Definitely gonna do this for my daughter's dorm this fall. Cannot wait!

Monica said...

This is awesome! Can you post the picture of the headboard mounted on the wall, and what you used to mount it? I've been wanting to do a project like this for the longest time but it always seemed too complicated.

Anonymous said...

Tried this in my daughters room and instead of using foam I recycled to of her Princess comforters that she no longer would use worked great!

Ally Hirst said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this and I'm totally making this today! What did you use to mount it though?

Heartless Kouture said...

Just made my headboard today, thanks sooo much. this was great since i'm renting, i even "mounted" it by using velcro on the walls!!!!! I can do this because the headboard is so lightweight!!! that means no holes in walls for landlord :)

Anonymous said...

Plan on trying this very soon :) you guys make a beautiful couple!

{ amy } said...

I just found this post via Pinterest and LOVE it!!! I host a weekly linky party every Wednesday and would love for you to link up this project this week. I seriously might just have to try this soon:)

xo, amy | www.theblissfulbee.com

Heather Young said...

This might be a dumb questions, but you are using a staple gun? Wouldn't the staples poke through the front? Could you explain this to me. I am not a big crafter so maybe I am missing something.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same as above comment....how does the staples not poke through? But still a genius idea!!!

Anonymous said...

omg this will be perfect for this corrugated, extra thick stuff that came as packing in a giant box that my new bathroom vanity came in. it's so heavy duty I haven't been able to break it down to throw away... thank goodness.

Gilly said...

I ended up doing this and made a king size headboard. Instead of having 1 continuous piece I made it in 3 panels. Also instead of stapling the fabric I used duck tape! It worked great and I love the end result!

Jessica Wooten said...

Great idea, I've been thinking of cardboard, already salvaged some mostly because i have a king size bed& I'd like to make it as light as possible. If I go with cardboard I will glue or take supports to the back thin wood or plastic would be best. One free option is attaching a bunch of paint stir sticks from home depot in an up down arrangement...just something to give it some support. I salvage A LOT from outside of dumpsters at apartments & construction sites for projects do I'll probably use thin wooden strips to go down the length of headboard(vertically) I'd attach by 3M of there's plenty of stuff in the nails aisle use that one piece atattaches to wall the other to what ur hanging. Another option is to hang pretty hooks or cabinet pulls& stake ribbon, at least 2 to back off headboard, & literally hang it from hooks (I'd still help it out with some 3m)

Amy Johnson said...

Genius! Perfect for my boys' bedrooms. I've wanted to give them headboards, but have no $$$ for them! Yeah, I'll be doing this!

Tami Bresnihan said...

I loved this idea and just bought a new fridge so I had the cardboard. I made it and it looks great. I'm just having a problem mounting it to the wall. I tried the picture mounts but they bent. I tried Velcro but it pulled off. My next plan is to stand it up on some cut 2x4s behind the bed.

Courtney Mickel said...

Would love to see pic of yours!

Tania Manlove said...

I made my daughters headboard it was super cheap and easy especially because we already had left over plywood! I even went a step further and gave it a tufted look added buttons for detail since it was a plain purple color.

Anonymous said...

how do you mount it to the bed?

Anonymous said...

Just made our headboard. It came out great! Thanks so much for the idea and instructions!

Anonymous said...

I also made a headboard like this only using a sheet Styrofoam insulation and used spray adhesive for batting and material and used a ten dollar bedspread for the material and used the other parts of bedspread for a matching valance. So light weight to hang the headboard and easy on the mind if you toss it.

Anonymous said...

hang it on the wall using Velcro or large upholstery stick pins as it is so lightweight

Brooke Lerma said...

Do you have a post about how to hang it? I wish there was a way to do a search of your blog.

Anonymous said...

Unless you're counting the cost of cardboard, tape, and staple gun... You only spent $20. :)

Anonymous said...

Velcro...awesome! I'm a renter also so this tip will come in handy. Tks!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful couple and family! Love the headboard! I am in need of this inspiration!!!

The Homestead Survival said...

This is a marvelous DIY project that helps open so many creative ideas for the new King size headboard I need to build. I was actually sort of dreading it before I found this tutorial.
Warmly,
The Homestead Survival

lorraine said...

please keep your projects coming.. love that it isn't so complicated that even I could do this...

Anonymous said...

I made this a few months ago and it held up beautifully! I managed to make my cost less than $5! I found some great grey velvety fabric clearanced at $1/yard. Used less than 2 yards. Got some SUPERthick cardboard from the box of my grandmas new shower. Instead of batting I layered 3 of those fleece lap blankets that I had gotten for free from friends. Stapled it all together one layer at a time and it looks fabulous and has held up well. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such great idea. It's very creative.

Anonymous said...

It looks real uneven.

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