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DIY Wingback Headboard – Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Welcome! if you have been following along then you know this is week seven, but if this is your first visit please take a look at where this makeover began with week oneweek two, week three, week four, week six, and week seven.

If you are new to the One Room Challenge here you can find more information about this inspiring program.

Please note, week five with canceled out of respect for #Blacklivesmatter. Our bedroom makeover is a little different while trying to source materials and decor we have found that items are out of stock and the companies have no idea when or if the item will ever be available again. Okay, that means being creative is that much for valuable during this challenge. Please visit all the participants in the ORC and hosts so you don’t miss any inspiration.

Better Homes and Garden

Better Homes and Garden

One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge

DIY Wingback Headboard

DIY Wingback Headboard

Our room makeover is a dream come true for us. The handmade wingback headboard is my favorite addition. Let me share how we build and upholstered it.

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Bed with Pillows and Handmade Tray

Bed with Pillows and Handmade Tray

The handmade bed tray was loving created by our daughter, Olivia, you can see how she made it HERE.

You can find my sources for all the other items in our bedroom makeover HERE and at the end of this post.

DIY Blanket Ladder

DIY Blanket Ladder

Handmade Bedding

The sewing technique I used for the white Euro shams is the envelope style closure. You can see that easy no-zipper technique in this earlier post HERE.

However, I made the gray pillows with invisible zippers like in this earlier post. The bed skirt I made using the same pleating technique I used when making slipcovers or upholstering furniture. The deck of the bed skirt is a heavy duck slipcover fabric and the skirt is the same linen blend as the Euro shams. I

No-Sew Window Treatments Panels/Curtains

The window treatment hardware I selected was custom made by Helser Brothers. They are French poles (curtain rod) with rings with clips. I choose them since they are clean and modern yet traditional at the same time. If you are interested in any of their hardware please let me know in the comments.

The woven wood Roman shades are another must-have for my home. You can see the warmth they add to the room and the bonus is the interesting light that filters in during the day are unmatched by any other treatment. If you interested in more information about woven woods please let me know in the comments.

The fabric I used for the no-sew curtains was a duck. It is heavyweight cotton that does not require lining. They are going to be stationary (leaving them in one position) panels.

 

No-Sew Window Treatments and my Great Grandfather's Art

No-Sew Window Treatments and my Great Grandfather’s Art

I wanted to share what the space looked like before and after the hardware, you can see it in the photos below. Your eye does not travel up since there is nothing to balance the room’s decor above the height of the bed. Your eye only goes go back and forth instead of all around. Window treatments in layers with gorgeous hardware is the solution to a finished room design.

You can see other options for window treatment hardware in this earlier post HERE.

How to Build a Wingback Headboard

The star of the show is the DIY Wingback Headboard. This stunning headboard provides a dramatic and cozy bed. It is the building block the rest of the room was built upon.

Notice in the first two photos the light filtering through the woven wood Roman shades. If you would like to learn more about upholstery then you might enjoy our Upholstery 101 Educational Training video.

Materials

Tools

You can see how to build the basic center headboard section in this earlier post.

Wingback Design

I wanted a special headboard so I designed a romantic styled headboard (you can see it below.)

Wingback Headboard Parts

Wingback Headboard Parts

 

After cutting the design out of plywood I was ready to start building the wooden frame and wings of the headboard.

Build the headboard out of a ¾ X4X8 sheet of plywood.

Cut the center portion of your headboard 26X65 1/2.

Cut a doubler strip 5 X 65 for the top and 3 X 65 for the bottom edge

Next cut a doubler 3 X 18 for the ends

Glue and screw the doubler strips around the outside edges of the 36 X 65 headboard piece.

Trace your pattern on the headboard and cut it out using a jigsaw. Use a sander and/or rasp and smooth the cut if needed. Remove any sharp edges or splinters.

The bottom 11 inches will only be covered with fabric to accommodate the mattress.

Foam

Cut the foam to 25 X 61.

Center the pattern you used to cut the wood on the foam. Cut the foam to size.

Go to the ends and gently pull the poly wrap and secure it with a few staples. You will want to leave this edge squarer. Do not over pull the poly wrap.

Go back to the top center and work both sides to the ends smoothing and stapling the poly wrap.

Finish stapling the ends. You will want a nice straight line.

Cut off all excess poly wrap right along the staple row.

Cut a piece of face fabric large enough to cover the foam and poly wrap. About 34 X 70 maybe a little larger. Start by placing a few staples in the center along the bottom edge of the poly wrap edge.

Then smooth it to the top back edge and tack it with a few staples and at either end. Making sure your fabric is straight.

Go back to the bottom edge and staple it across working your way out from the center. You will want this to be a nice straight line.

Cut two wings out of ¾ x 13 X 48 plywood using the pattern with a jigsaw or band saw.

Attach a ¾ X 2 X 48-inch piece of plywood with glue and screws to the wing that will be used to attach the wing to the center portion of the headboard and will maintain the 2-inch thickness on the back edge of the wing. 

You can find the patterns for both the wing and headboard curve below:

Wood Wing, Supplies and Step by Step DIY Headboard

To make the headboard the only step that requires basic sewing skills is covering the welt cording.

 

Wing and upholstery supplies

Wing and upholstery supplies

 

Stapling burlap to wing

Stapling burlap to the wing

Trim the extra burlap

Trim the extra burlap

Apply spray adhesive to the wood and foam and then attach the foam to the board. Let the foam stick over the top edge about ½ inch.

Wing with Foam

Wing with Foam

Gluing Foam to Wings

Apply Spray Adhesive to inside wings

Apply Spray Adhesive to inside wings

Apply spray adhesive to foam too

Apply to spray adhesive to foam too

Place the foam with adhesive onto the inside of the wing

Place the foam with adhesive onto the inside of the wing

Cut a piece of the poly wrap 34 X 70 (this is oversized). If you need to piece it use spray adhesive along the joints. Lay the poly wrap over the foam letting it hang over the edges.

Staple the poly wrap along the bottom edge. You will want a nice even straight line. Pull the poly wrap back and use spray adhesive to attach the poly wrap to the foam.

Spraying adhesive on both the foam and Dacron

Spraying adhesive on both the foam and Dacron

Stapling Dacron to Wings

Stapling the Dacron in place

Stapling the Dacron in place

Pull the poly wrap over the top to the back-top edge of the headboard and put in a few staples. You will want to pull it tight to give you a rounded front edge to the foam.

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Trimming Excess Dacron

Trimming the extra Dacron

Trimming the extra Dacron

Bottom view while placing the face over the Dacron

Bottom view while placing the face over the Dacron

Stapling the fabric to inside wing

Stapling the fabric to inside wing

Continue stapling along the inside wing

Continue stapling along the inside wing

Making a relief cut

Making a relief cut

Pulling the fabric over the top of the wing to outside and stapling it in place

Pulling the fabric over the top of the wing to outside and stapling it in place

Continue Stapling fabric on wings

Continue Stapling fabric on wings

Evenly pulling fabric to staple

Evenly pulling fabric to staple

Stapling Face Fabric to Wing

Neatly stapling the fabric to the outside wings

Neatly stapling the fabric to the outside wings

Smoothing the polywrap to the back of the headboard and stapling

Smoothing the poly wrap to the back of the headboard and stapling using a pneumatic staple gun

 

Starting at the center, smooth the fabric to the back of the headboard and staple.

Starting at the center, smooth the fabric to the back of the headboard and staple.

 

Continue working left to right, continuing to smooth the fabric evenly and stapling in place.

Continue working left to right, continuing to smooth the fabric evenly and stapling in place.

Making Relief Cuts

While covering the wood headboard structure with the fabric you will see there are areas in the covers where the fabric is unable to lay flat. In those areas, you will need to make relief cuts to see in the photo below.

In the curved areas make relief cuts to make the fabric follow the contour of the headboard.

In the curved areas make relief cuts to make the fabric follow the contour of the headboard.

 

Complete stapling across the back of the headboard.

Complete stapling across the back of the headboard.

 

Positioning the wing against the center portion of the headboard.

Positioning the wing against the center portion of the headboard.

 

Using 2.5" screws to secure the wings to the main portion of the headboard.

Using 2.5″ screws to secure the wings to the main portion of the headboard.

 

Using a regulator to tuck the fabric into the joint between the wing and the center of the headboard.

Using a regulator to tuck the fabric into the joint between the wing and the center of the headboard.

 

Adding a corner relief cut to accommodate the fold at the corner.

Adding a corner relief cut to accommodate the fold at the corner.

Attaching quarter-inch dacron to the outside of the wing, Prior to applying fabric

Attaching quarter-inch dacron to the outside of the wing, Before applying fabric

 

Attaching the fabric to the outside of the wing.

Attaching the fabric to the outside of the wing.

 

Pulling the fabric from the back and tucking it into the tac strip at the front of the wing.

Pulling the fabric from the back and tucking it into the tac strip at the front of the wing.

 

Trimming the excess fabric off before tucking it into the tac strip.

Trimming the excess fabric off before tucking it into the tac strip.

 

Continue working the fabric into the tac strip on the front edge of the wing

Continue working the fabric into the tac strip on the front edge of the wing

 

Use a mallet to tap the tac strip, securing the fabric to the wing.

Use a mallet to tap the tac strip, securing the fabric to the wing.

 

Finishing and trimming the back corner prior to stapling in place.

Finishing and trimming the back corner before stapling in place.

 

Finishing and trimming the back corner prior to stapling in place.

Finishing and trimming the back corner before stapling in place.

 

Stapling the back corner

Stapling the back corner

 

Finishing the bottom of the legs

Finishing the bottom of the legs

Trimming the cord and finishing the end.

Trimming the cord and finishing the end.

 

Finish folding and stapling the bottom of the leg.

Finish folding and stapling the bottom of the leg.

DIY Headboard Dust Cloth

Attaching the dust cloth to the back of the headboard.

Attaching the dust cloth to the back of the headboard.

Attach the headboard to the bed frame or use French cleats to attach to the wall.

Inside Wing

Inside Wing

One Room Challenge Reveal Week 8

One Room Challenge Reveal Week 8

Handmade Curtains, Euro Shams, and Blanket Ladder

Handmade Curtains, Euro Shams, and Blanket Ladder

The adorable blanket ladder we made to display our Christmas stockings this past year. See how we make it in this post.

I wanted to share my Great Grandfather’s portrait of my Great Grandmother that is hung over my Grandmother’s antique sewing cabinet. The handmade doily was made by Great Grandmother.

No-Sew Window Treatments and Great Grandfather's Art

No-Sew Window Treatments and Great Grandfather’s Art

Doily made by my Great Grandmother and her tools she used to make it

Doily made by my Great Grandmother and her tools she used to make it

Another heirloom treasure is my Great Grandmother’s books.

My Great Grandmother's book

My Great Grandmother’s book

Sources To Shop This Look

Master bedroom ideas

Master bedroom ideas

1. The prints are reprints of vintage French floral prints.

2. Lamps

3. Candlesticks

4. Faux Plants

5. Fabric (pillow)

6. Basket

7. Throw

8. Pillow

9. Side table

10. Floor lamp (this is a similar one)

11. Rug

Let’s take a last look at my to-do list:

To-Do List

  1. Add shiplap to the wall with windows
  2. Paint the ceiling and walls
  3. Replace windows
  4. Replace all trim and baseboards
  5. Install recessed lighting
  6. Removed the old carpet and install new flooring
  7. Order woven-wood Roman shades
  8. Window treatment hardware order
  9. Order pillow inserts
  10. Purchase plants
  11. Have artwork and antique photos framed
  12. Order bedding fabrics
  13. Make bed skirt and pillow
  14. Hang Artwork
  15. Make upholstered headboard
  16. Install wall sconce
  17. Paint nightstands
  18. Install woven wood (bamboo) shades

The wall sconce will be installed tomorrow or Monday. It has been so hot (I live in Florida) that sending Mr. Kippi into the attic to install the electric lines seemed like a bad idea. The weatherman said we are going to have rain so he can take a chance up there if it cools off.

More DIY Headboard Ideas

Romantic Boho Chic headboard we made for our daughter’s bedroom makeover you can see HERE. It is a modern button tufted headboard made with linen fabric.

Bohemian DIY Headboard

Bohemian DIY Headboard

My son’s headboard and cornice board are modern with Dwell Studio Fabrics you can see more HERE.

Teen Boys Bedroom DIY Makeover

Teen Boys Bedroom DIY Makeover

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found some inspiration I also would like to invite you to join our Fall Inspiration Newsletter and have all this inspiration and more delivered to your inbox.

Have a great week,

Kippi

 

 

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Nika

Monday 3rd of May 2021

I like how the result of your work looks like. There are a lot of good ideas for your upgrade on the Internet, but don't forget that only good specialists will be able to implement your ideas flawlessly. Take a responsible approach to choosing contractors, you can find more information here on how to choose an electrician. This will help you get a high-quality result

Crissy

Friday 17th of July 2020

Wow, oh wow! Kippi, the headboard looks incredible! He's a true professional, but the tutorial is so detailed I might actually have the confidence to try this at home. Ha! Your entire bedroom looks stunning. Well done!

Amy

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Your room turned out absolutely stunning! You've used all of my favorite colors and things - pink, grays, and botanicals. :) The headboard looks great and that hardware for the windows made all the difference in the world. LOVE!

Rebecca

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

This transformation is amazing Kippi! I love the headboard and the great tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You've been featured this week :)

Rachelle

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Kippi, everything looks so lovely. You did a wonderful job! Showing the window treatment was a good lesson on how important these details are to finish off a room. I'm taking notes;)

Hugs, Rachelle

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