The Upholstered DIY Headboard
No bedroom is truly complete without a classy headboard. Symbolising the perfect balance between style and functionality, headboards have been a cosy bedroom addition which offers added design flair since as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece.
Today, however, the headboard is just another addition that eats into your budget when buying a new bed suite. The great news is that you can make your own quality, comfortable headboard using a sheet of hardboard, and in the April edition of The DIY Project of the Month we’re going to show you how!
As always you’ll need to gather everything you’ll need to transform your bedroom with this quick and easy hardboard DIY idea, so make sure you visit your nearest Evowood distributor and hardware store to gather all the necessary supplies.
What You’ll Need:
• 6.4mm Evowood hardboard (140cm x 150cm)
• Thin foam (150cm x 160cm)
• Material of your choice (160cm x 170cm)
• 15 x Buttons
• Roll wax/nylon thread
• Staple Gun
• Safety Glasses
• Construction adhesivel
Step 1. Prepping the Hardboard
Firstly, you will need to drill the holes for your tufting. Bear in mind where you want the tufting to sit on your headboard (We recommend approximately 23cm from the top of the hardboard). Next, measure five 23.3cm lengths horizontally across your hardboard and mark each length with your pencil. Measure 23cm below each pencil mark and make another mark with your pencil. Repeat the process once more to mark out the final row of buttons.
Step 2. Drilling
You should now have 15 pencil markings – three rows of five which are all equidistant from each other. Now, drill a hole through each marking. These holes do not need to be big, so using a small drill bit is recommended for neatness and the accuracy of the tufting.
When drilling, it is recommended to use drill bits designed to penetrate steel due to the hardness of the board in comparison to other wood products. Speeds of 3000 to 4000rpm produce the cleanest cuts.
Step 3. The Foam
It’s time to secure the foam to the headboard. To do this, simply lay the foam on the floor and place the hardboard (smooth side down) on top of it, ensuring that there is enough overlap on each side to secure the foam to the back of the hardboard. Using the staple gun, fasten the overlapping foam to the back of the hardboard. Ensure that the foam is tight and that there are no lumps or creases.
Step 4. The Material
Use the same method as above to attach the material. Lay the material face down with the foam covered hardboard on top. Ensure the material overlap is equidistant around the board before stretching the material and fastening at the back of the board using the staple gun. Again, ensure that there are no lumps or creases.
Step 5. The Tufting
Now it’s time to make your headboard look like the real deal! Remember the holes you drilled earlier? Thread the nylon cording through each hole to secure each button. The tighter you pull the tread the greater the tufting indentation will be. Secure each piece of thread at the back of the headboard using the staple gun.
Step 6. Mounting the Headboard
By now your headboard should be looking like a work of art. All that is left to do is mount it in place. The easiest way to do this is with a good construction adhesive. Simply apply the adhesive to the back of the headboard and secure it to the wall – it’s as easy as that.
Congratulations, you’ve made it through another DIY Project of the Month. We hope you’re enjoying working on these projects as much as we enjoy bringing them to you. Until next month, happy DIYing!
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