Are you watching Design Star this season? The early episodes are always a whirlwind since there are so many people in the competition, but one tip jumped off the screen at me. Everyone is making padded headboards these days as an inexpensive alternative to their retail counterparts. But one contestant from the show had an additional way to cut that cost even more.
The early shows of Design Star can almost be a blur to watch. There's so much to show and see that you feel as if you only get snippets of what's really happening. In accordance with that, there was a literal second where they mentioned making a headboard and showed the designer running around with a sleeping bag.
It was at that moment that I started talking to the television. It was one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" moments for me as there's always a sleeping bag somewhere that's going unused. It might be in your garage, in the home of a relative who has the gear but no longer camps, on clearance at a big box store or often at your local thrift store. It was a great reminder since batting can often be expensive, you might be able to use this pre-stuffed sleep sack instead when tackling upholstery projects of this nature.
You could also use this idea for projects like this one, where an entire padded bed was made. Even though some might smell funky and there are probably a few qualms with the idea, it's still something to keep on file if you come across one that would fit the bill!
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