This is hoisted from the archives, but it’s a favorite of mine:
You can sometimes find nice wooden headboards listed on Craigslist, newspaper ads, and garage sales. I’ve even seen some great ones set out for the trash collectors! Often they can be painted for a great new look that goes with your decor.
I also like the upholstered looking headboards I’ve seen them make on HGTV. They take squares (or rectangles) of plywood, about a foot square each, glue on some foam padding, & then cover with fabric. You need a special kind of glue that is strong enough to hold the foam without also dissolving it. Contractor’s glue? Then you attach the squares to the wall next to each other. You can even put a fabric covered button in the center of each square if you want to. You drill a hole in the wood first. After the square is covered in fabric you attach the button with strong twine through the hole on the back of the button. Using a craft needle you stick through the foam and through the pre-drilled hole in the wood. Pull the twine until you get the look you want on the front. Tie a double knot in the twine & maybe glue it securely to the wood using some super glue or even hot glue.
You might look on HGTV.com for their directions which could be a lot better than mine. I know I saw them drilling through plywood, but that might have been for an upholstered ottoman. You might be able to use something lighter, like masonite. That could be easier to attach to the wall. I’m sure they also have other ideas for making cool headboards that are affordable.
As you can see in the photo, you don’t have to have the buttoned dimple look if you want something smooth. However the fabric will probably stretch a bit where you rest your head and eventually stay permanently sagging there. I have a feeling that’s how the buttons came to be used! And see all the framed artwork? I’ve seen something similar serving as a headboard. It looks terrific, but obviously you can’t rest your head on it while reading in bed.
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