When we first got married, I made several pieces of furniture for our apartment
The first version was just a piece of plywood covered with batting and a blanket then framed out with trim. The second version lost the frame and was covered in a deep chocolate brown and had 3 buttons (no picture).
And now it is a woven headboard. I got the starter idea from Lowes creative ideas website. But I wanted to change it up a bit. (UPDATE - Lowes removed the page that spurred my idea)
And here is how I made it for a queen size (bit different than the Lowe's directions).
What you need: 8ft sheet 1/4" plywood, 2 pieces 1X4 by 6' wood, fabric (I used 3 yds cream corduroy and 2/3 yd orange/cream pinstripe), batting (I reused what was on the old headboard)
1. 1/4" plywood - cheapest one I could find.
2. Had Lowes cut it into 9.5" strips length wise
3. I then cut 3 long strip into 2 pieces - 62" which left 34" pieces for the short pieces
4. Cut another long strip into 2 additional 34" strips (total of 3 long and 5 short pieces)
5. Used spray adhesive and attached 1" (can't use much thicker or it's too hard to weave the boards together) batting strips to wood.
6. Cut strips of fabric 14" wide and 66" or 38" long.
7. Covered batting with strips of fabric. Secured undersides using wood glue (tried spray adhesive, glue gun, and staples (too long and went through board) but surprisingly wood glue worked the best).
|Glued on batting|
- Place the 3 long boards face down next to each other.
- Start with the middle short board face down and weave into long boards - i made it so the 2 outer and 1 middle boards (in white in picture below) had their ends on the right side of the headboard.
- I vaguely remember having to weave through the top and middle long boards with all of the short boards and then adding the bottom long board last.
- Sorry I can't remember this part very well - never thought to copy the Lowes directions down.
- I think when I made the mistakes with this step had to do with the outer short pieces and having them opposite of what they needed to be.
11. I attached boards together with screws instead of glue - much easier and less wait time. I used whatever screws I could find laying around the workbench. Some were 3/8" long (had to pull out batting so that it would secure into 2nd board) and some were 5/8" - left batting and sometime put extra fabric as spacer so it wouldn't puncture all the way through.
12. Folded over and stapled remaining ends of fabric. I pulled it taut or smoothed out any wrinkles that may have developed from the weaving step. I folded the long ends first. Then wrapped the short ends over it to give it a nice finished look.
|Wrapped edges after weaving boards together|
12. Made frame from 1x4. Cut each piece at 19" so I had 2x19" pieces and 2x41" strips. Again different than Lowes. I glued the pieces together and then stapled them at the joints on both sides. The staples don't really add much but I didn't have to wait for the glue to dry.
13. Attached frame to headboard with screws (didn't use spacer strips like Lowes as this frame is mounted on wide side of frame boards instead of edges -didn't want it to stick out from wall so much and don't think they will warp too much). Stand it up and make sure it is level - so even if the head board (or frame) is just a bit off square (not noticeably so) you can tweak the frame just a bit to account for this so that in the end it is level.
15. Attached 2 d-rings to frame.
And those are DIY lamp shades and nightstand boxes. I took the photos that are above the bed.