Midwest #4: The "Headboard Impersonation" Project

Midwest #4: The "Headboard Impersonation" Project

Janel Laban
Jan 23, 2008

Name: Amanda
Location: Chicago
Time: 1.5 hours (not including shopping)
Cost: $46.

Amanda says, "I needed to add some color behind my frameless bed. My idea was simply to use the same technique used to stretch fabrics on frames as wall art, but make it bigger and choose a fabric that matches the bed." Smart! Jump below for all the pics, tools, instructions and VOTING...


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
Air Staple Gun
Air Brad Nailer
Compound Miter Box Saw


Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

First, I measured the width of the bed. Then I decided how high I wanted my impersonated headboard to hit the wall. The result was 5' X 3'.

Next, cut the 2X2's the length required for each side. Then, use the miter saw to cut the 45 degree
angles on each side of the pieces. At this point, grab the main gun and attach each piece to the other piece until the frame is complete.

Once this part is done, spread out the fabric, and lay the frame on top. Make sure the fabric is good side down. Use the staple gun to stretch and staple all around the back side of the frame. You just fold the fabric around the frame, staple, and trim excess fabric as you attach. Since the frame is pretty big, you might need some assistance making sure the fabric is tightly pulled. I had to pay attention to my fabric to make sure the pattern would be even accross the top and the bottom, using the bottom edge of the fabric as a guide.

The best part, of course, is picking your fabric in the beginning. I was happy to come accross a red and yellow mixed fabric that wasn't too bold but just right for adding a color & texture to my plain white wall.

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