Extra Large DIY Headboard/Art

8 Materials
2 Hours

My kid's have Kura Beds from Ikea and if you've seen them, you know they're pretty plain and boxy. I wanted to create a "headboard" that made the bed look larger and doubled as a impactful statement piece.

Before Shot of the bed

First we laid the frame out on the floor where we were building it. Then we screwed all the pieces together, at this point it looked like a huge rectangle but I couldn't capture it well in a photo.

Once it's screwed together, stretch the canvas over the frame and staple it.

While you staple, make sure you are pulling the canvas taut.

Stretching and Stapling all the way around

Trim the excess canvas

Attach To Wall

First, find your studs and mark them.

We pre-drilled our holes in the frame.

Then we started on the top and worked our way around, one person held it, while the other person drilled.

We used black screws that looked just like knots in the wood.

We did four screws on each side, where there wasn't a stud, we used a drywall anchor.

Selfie for Scale


For me, this was the best part. I had sketched up some options and let me son pick which he liked better. I said this option was a camera, and he picked it....(whatever he wants to think).

I used some scientific materials to sketch the basic pattern first; a level and a lamp shade. The rest I free-handed.


You can do this for any bed. It would look cool on a canopy bed back, or a boho platform bed, even behind a couch, or just as a huge statement piece of art in any room. There are endless options.

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  • Kelly J. Tinney
    on May 2, 2020

    Can we just talk about the dog? I mean, come on! That cuteness is on point!

    The light fixture is so cool!

  • Gail
    on May 2, 2020

    So the bed? You have to duck everytime you get in it or bend down to kiss him goodnight?

    • Niki - Stevi Lily Designs
      on May 3, 2020

      My son is 4, so the bar is fine for him. If you were an adult getting in and out then it would be an issue, kissing him is not an issue, we’ve never hit our heads bending in to kiss him. We have it for our older son, but the bed then reversed and is like a bunk bed with a loft underneath.

  • Jutta
    on May 2, 2020

    I think it's great. Your little guy loves it that is the main thing. I am disappointed in the negative responses. If you don't like it why are you commenting?

    • Flipturn
      Just now

      Another outcome of people having nothing to do is spending time on projects that others may not understand the meaning of, what the goal was, or what was the person doing the project was trying to achieve.

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  • Nichole White
    on May 6, 2020

    If you can’t paint, you could use a printed fabric shower curtain to tack around the frame ;)

  • Flipturn
    Just now

    The large size of the frame adds dimension to the room because it is connected to the bed, and helps to balance the rug.

    For a kid's room though, I would add more color to the wall art.

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