DIY Headboard

Beds themselves are decidedly not broke-ass, trust me, I’m in bad need of a new mattress and shopping for one is beyond depressing and involves a lot of cussing, drinking and procrastinating. However, bed accessories like bedding and headboards are much easier to DIY, and so much more fun to plan for. For example:

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Neat, right? Headboards don’t have to be part of a frame, and they’re super easy to do with minimal supplies. Check it:

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Stickers: I’m a big fan of those stick-on decals and stickers; they’re an easy upgrade for tons of things like file cabinets, etc., etc. They also work great as a “headboard” – yeah, not really supportive or soft, but great for minimalists or those working in small spaces that won’t accommodate a bed frame. Just plan out, peel and stick. Can’t find any decals that are working for you? Check out some stencils instead.

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Paint: Even just painting a simple geometric block behind the bed can make a difference, but there are more artful options. Trace out a designer headboard and paint it in, add a mirror to a painted headboard, paint a solid color and then add decals or stickers, drip paint down a plain headboard or door.

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Doors: If you can score some doors or wood, somewhere like say Urban Ore, you can paint them up, or cover them in fabric. Or, if you’re lucky enough to find wrought iron gates, then go with those!

Fabric: You can also pin and drape fabric above the bed and headboard – just attach curtain panels to the wall, then drape down.

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Art: Another easy option: hang a big ass piece of art behind your bed to frame it, like a 2 x 2 photo on foam board, or a big 50’s style clock. Or some molding.

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Cushions: This works out great if you’ve already got a mantle shelf nearby (otherwise, you’ll need to score a shelf of some kind, dig?) your bed. Just screw in some pegs, then sew some ribbons to your cushions and hang.

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From Scratch: If you want something a little more like a traditional headboard, you can make your own from scratch – it’s a simple three step process: score some board, fabric, and foam padding. Lay the padding down, cover with fabric, then staple gun it down.

You can find more great examples here and here. Or here. Or, geez, here. Okay, I swear I’m done now.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

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