DIY Linen Nailhead Headboard
I’ve been wanting to make a headboard for a looonnng time. Their are a a lot of fun ideas out there, and some gorgeous fabrics in awesome colors, but I kinda knew I wanted to do something neutral so I could change my bedding or bedroom paint color (yup. I paint often enough I have to take that into consideration) when my fickle tastes changed. And I love me some linen. So with that I took the plunge into the land of nail heads and fabric and other stuff, and decided to make a white linen headboard, with silver nail heads.
Step 1- Purchase and lay out supplies. I used
- thin foam (bought at a local fabric store)
- spray adhesive
- staple gun (in my opinion every girl needs a staple gun. They are cheap and I have used it countless times)
- upholstery railhead tacks (12 packs. Had no idea it would take that many. Good thing they were under 2 bones a pack)
I think all this stuff was under 50 bucks. I already had the fabric so that saved me that expense.
Step 2- I used blue painters tape to lightly hold the foam in place so I could cut it to size, then used spray adhesive to attach the foam to the plywood.
Step 3- Cut two strips of burlap to use like a bandaid over the seams where the foam sections meet (this is a tip I read when poking around on how to make this thing). Use spray adhesive to attach burlap.
Step 4- Use staple gun to attach battling over foam, folding the batting over the edges and stapling on to what will be the backside of the board.
Step 5- Next your ready to attach the fabric that will actually show. Break out the staple gun again. She’s your new best friend.
Now you have a puffy cushy pad all ready. And those weird spots are shadows from the light fixture, not how the fabric looks.
And this is the part where I typically get so into my project I forget to take pictures. My name is Miss Circumstance. And I am a-dummy-who-forgets-the-same-thing-over-and-over-again.
What I did not document was that I covered the back-side with fabric also, and used nail heads spaced every few inches to secure it in place. I also did not document the nailing in of the nail heads. But, my tip for you is start on the bottom part that doesn’t show, cause it definitely takes some practice to get them in a straight line.
I screwed in two pieces of plywood to the back of the headboard, about 12″across, to act as legs. These went all the way to the ground. We then attached a 2×4 to the back frame of the bed, and that gave us something to screw the headboard legs into. Here’s a little mock-up for you-
I put the nail heads about 2 1/2″ inches in…I like it with a little bit more of a border like that.
All in all I would say this is a pretty easy project, a 2 on the scale of difficulty level. Go for it!