Long before we moved into this house, when Ollie was still in a crib, I knew I had already put this DIY on “my list.” While visiting a friend’s house I complimented the pair of upholstered twin beds in his guest room and he informed me that they were DIY Ikea hacks. I was so impressed that I insisted that he send me the tutorial. So this project is based on that tutorial, it’s not completely original, but I did improvise as they did not have the bed frame in stock that I wanted to use, so instead I had to use the cheaper Nieden Frame. Seeing the before and after of this project proves what an anchor a headboard can be. This beautiful green-grey upholstered bed frame really makes the room.
STEP 1. Screw plywood to front of existing headboard.
STEP 2. use the 1”x3” lumber to build a “box as shown below.
STEP 3. Cut batting and wrap side rails and foot of bed. Use the staple gun to secure in place. Careful to keep the corners and edges as clean as possible. I took several photos below to best show my wrapping technique.
STEP 4. Cut and wrap the headboard with batting. I used the remainder of batting to wrap the top edge and corners with an extra layer. Use the staple gun to secure in place.
STEP 5. Cut and wrap the head board with fabric or blanket. Fold the corners and trim to keep as clean as possible. Again, I added detailed shots to try and show how I folded and tucked the fabric.
I did not finish the back of the headboard, since I knew it would be hidden.
STEP 7. Cut and wrap the side rails and foot. Secure in place with staple gun. Again, play around with folding and tucking at the corners to get the cleanest look.
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