How To...Create a Mid-Century Inspired Tufted Headboard

How To...Create a Mid-Century Inspired Tufted Headboard

Heather Blaha
Feb 9, 2007

Spotted on IKEA Hacker today is this Mid-C inspired headboard, and we are all about spreading the DIY headboard ideas around. There are so many ways to deal with headboards that don't require a ton of money, so we love seeing what people come up with. Here, Paul used an IKEA metal bedframe, and we'll just leave it to him to do the explaining:

This particular hack involves a metal ikea heimdal bed frame (i can't find it on the ikea website). the frame was fine, but it definitely lacked the elegance and mid-century appeal i was trying to go for...

well after surfing a few furniture websites, i came across the tate bed from crate and barrel. i like the look of the tufted headboard and the tight upholstery along the sides. so, i headed to the local fabric store (joann's) and luckily they had foam padding and faux suede fabric on sale...

i cut the foam padding according to the bed's measurements and used heavy duty spray glue to adhere the foam to the metal frame. the hardest part was sewing up the faux suede fabric to wrap around the foam padding and bed frame. to make it look more tailored, and not look like it was just fabric wrapped around the bed frame, i sewed seams running down the sides of the faux suede fabric that would be used to cover the side rails.

the hardest part of the entire project however was measuring out how many squares to make, and to make each of them perfectly even on the headboard. on the back of the fabric, i used a straight edge to draw the grid pattern that would guide me in sewing up the fabric to create that seamed, tufted look. once i drew my grid on the back of the fabric, the next step was to create the seams on that are on the headboard....

Click on over to Ikea Hacker to find out the rest!

(Thanks, Paul and IKEA Hacker!)

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