This Is The Easiest Headboard DIY (No Joke!)

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2 Hours

Even though I'm truly an amateur DIYer in practice, my brain is always teeming with fun DIY ways to dress up my small city apartment. Skip to last week when I was a week overdue and heavy into nesting, and you can imagine that my DIY inclinations were in full overdrive!
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
You've heard of sparse, but have you ever seen a bedroom wall quite this Sahara Desert-like?
Without access to tools (and honestly, who was going to let me and my belly near tools?!) but with the NEED for a fun headboard to liven up our empty bedroom wall, I'd been combing Hometalk to find the easiest headboard DIY out there. Eventually, I spotted this little gem using foam core boards, foam, and fabric.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Step 1: Make a foam core board base
I laid out two long boards so that they were just a little bit longer than my bed. I then taped the boards together with several layers of packing tape so that they were nice and secure.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Step 2: Cover boards in foam
You could use a few layers of thick batting or a foam and batting combination depending on how much effort you're putting into your makeshift headboard, but for this round, I decided to use just one layer of inch-thick foam. I found this sheet at the fabric store and it had just enough give to support and cushion my back when I'm sitting up in bed.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
I laid the foam on top of my board base and cut the edges so that there was no overhang. If I had been using batting or something a little more flexible, I could have left extra on each side to wrap it around the foam board, but I was going for simple, cheap, and super quick so foam was perfect.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
After I had the shape right, I went back around and cleaned up the edges so that they wouldn't look too choppy when I added my fabric. My chubby late-pregnancy fingers were making the cutting job a little difficult, but I got the foam straight-edged enough that fabric would hide any tiny blemishes.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Step 3: Stick your foam to your base
I could have used spray adhesive for this step as well, but because I was looking for the least toxic way to quickly stick my foam to the base, I chose to use 3M double-sided mounting tape.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Just a small square every couple of inches around the edges held the foam in place well enough before I added my fabric.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Pulling the thin red backing off the sticky plastic tape was almost enough to make me go insane, but I REALLY hate that blank white wall, so I kept at it until the foam was completely stuck down.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Step 4: Wrap it all up in fabric
My bedroom has a lot of navy blues, yellows, and golds, so I chose this pretty lightly floral fabric with a similar motif. It also happened to match our plastic spoon chrysanthemum mirror, so I was pretty thrilled to find it.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
The first thing you want to do before upholstering anything (even faux upholstering) is iron out the creases. How frustrating would it be to finish your entire headboard and hang it up only to realize there's a very deep, very noticeable crease running right across it?
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Once all the wrinkles were straightened out, I laid my foam covered boards foam-side-down on the fabric and cut the ends so that there wasn't too much overhang.
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
To secure the edges, I thought about using a staple gun, but ultimately decided that the staples might be too deep for the foam board and stick through, which would make bedtime a less than enjoyable experience! To avoid that, I actually went with heavy duty duct tape (eek! I know, but it worked!) to stick down the fabric.
I secured the long sides first, then folded in the edges at each corner and tucked the ends in, sort of like how you'd wrap a gift. A little to my surprise, it worked perfectly!
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Once everything was secured in place, I flipped my headboard over to see the finished product before it went up. I really couldn't believe that with so little effort it looked pretty darn good!
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
Step 5: Hang your headboard
You'll need a partner for this next step so grab a willing husband or, in my case, a caring Mother in Law who is also getting just a bit anxious waiting around for baby to make an appearance.
Together, we measured out the proper height for the headboard and then used 3M velcro strips at each corner (on the fabric and the board itself -- that's important!) to stick the headboard firmly onto the wall. This way, If I get tired of the fabric or change the look of bedroom, I can recover our headboard in something else!
this is the easiest headboard diy no joke
And here it is in place and all hung up! We usually have a few more throw pillows on the bed, so it looks a touch classier, but even with pillows missing, isn't this 10 times better??
I told you it was easy! Maybe now the bedroom is looking a little more welcoming baby will make an appearance, right? Here's hoping!
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  • Paula Fish
    on Apr 19, 2018

    I love your finished headboard. My husband and I did one similar to this. Not sure what your cost was but instead of buying the upholstery foam, I bought a queen size foam mattress pad and I also bought a queen size top sheet from the thrift store. It took us about an hour to put it together.

    To hang it on the wall my husband used 4 2 by 4 and cut them so they resembled puzzle pieces. 2 are on the wall and 2 are on the back of the headboard. So when you put the headboard on the wall the pieces fit in securely.

  • Yvonne Gustafson
    on Jun 26, 2018

    Oh my goodness I love your DIY headboard! I have a guest room that I’m going to make one for. I get tired of the color of my bedrooms so I usually change out the bedding, pillows, drapes and even pictures for every season. Ya I’m crazy. This is great. I can also change out the cover on the headboard. I also use those Velcro hanging tabs on all my light pictures. Into hanging pretty wood phrases in my foyer and the Velcro is just the thing. Can’t wait to show you my finished headboard.

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