How To Make a Raw Felt Headboard

We've been in need of a headboard since we moved in over two years ago, but I had always wanted to build my own. My first attempt was a simple painted headboard, which was nice visually, but ineffective as a real headboard. I finally decided to buy one large piece of dark grey industrial wool felt and use that alone. I like the industrial chic, raw material feeling of felt and knew that the room needed a dark contrast against the light wall. Here's how I did it.

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Outside of measuring and ordering the felt, this is a super easy how to and perhaps shouldn't even be considered a full one, BUT it's at least a half of one. The headboard is amazing and has totally transformed our room in terms of warmth, sound dampening, behind-the-head softness and aesthetics. I am currently working on ideas for covering it with fabric seasonally, so that it changes a bit (it's easy to tuck fabric behind the felt).

Note: I ordered the thickest size, one inch, which is the most expensive, and you could certainly do a thinner size and save a lot of money.

What You Need

Materials
- 1 Piece of F3 industrial felt cut to size. Since it comes in widths off of the roll of 60" and 72", I had them cut about 3' off of a 72" wide roll and there was no waste.
- I ordered from Sutherland Felt, and they've always been really nice there.

Tools
- Tape to hold it up
- Drill with screw bit
- Nice screws (you'll see these a little bit. I chose some shiny, stainless steel screws)

Instructions

1. Measure your headboard. Use any favorite headboards as a guide, and extend as far down to the floor as you can. I think it makes a difference.

2. Order your felt and wait.

3. Work hard to get your felt into your apartment once delivered (it's very heavy), unroll and tape into position.

4. Secure with screws evenly spaced and sent directly into the wall. I didn't drill holes and insert plugs, but I will now that I've already created holes and gone through the felt. It is sturdier with plugs.


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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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