DIY Fabric headboard

I love making headboards. This little cottage bedroom needed some bold color and some height (despite the 7" ceilings!)
My only option for placing the bed was between the windows and I hesitated to block the light, but I think this headboard gives me the height and pattern I was looking for, without compromising the natural light.
I used 1/2" MDF, 2 yards of Sunbrella, some quilt batting and a staple gun. Using a 2x4 for stablility and to bump it out to the level of the window sills worked perfectly.
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Just push the bed up against it
Wall hung
I love blue and green together.
AJ enjoying her new bed

Danielle B
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  • Shawnda Shawnda on Sep 16, 2016
    I'm not all that crafty except in my imagination so pls excuse my ignorance. Where might one buy sunbrella material by the yard? How many yards did this project take?

    • Ann Eichenberger Ann Eichenberger on Oct 15, 2016
      JoAnn's fabrics Seven Corners, va. Has a limited selection. Google "sunbrella" Would suggest you find a sample before ordering online.

    • Shawnda Shawnda on Oct 15, 2016
      Thanks for the information, just down the road! I have worked up nerve to give it a try.


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  • Blindsgalore Blindsgalore on Oct 17, 2016
    I have been debating getting a new headboard but this looks just as good and will save some money. Thanks for sharing, hopefully mine will look that great!

  • Tonya Tonya on Oct 25, 2016
    This looks expensive. I love it !!!!