DIY How-To: A step by step to make Emily B.’s Wrap-Around Velvet Headboard

by Emily Bowser 9.19.19

Today Emily Bowser here with the DIY headboard how-to I promised in the reveal of my bedroom from earlier. This is just what I’m calling “A guide for the one who poses as a DIYer but whatever, it gets the working task done.” Enjoy, and inform me if any clarity is needed by you or have questions in the feedback.

Step one: per year just before really do the task, choose the textile. I purchased mine from Mood Fabric and final We seemed they certainly were from it (sorry!) It’s a burnt velvet that is orange it absolutely was expensive. I believe it absolutely was $24/yard and I also purchased a great deal it to recover my burnt orange velvet chair in the living room because I wanted. We reside in a space that is small I like keeping it cohesive! (Tutorial on that possibly coming quickly—how’s that for commitment??). But really however, even it’s helpful to have the fabric so you can start pulling other things together though I didn’t construct the bed for entirely too long.

Step 2: Assemble buddies. You don’t need a lot more than someone for this and you definitely don’t need three, particularly when you merely very very own one basic gun but DIY with friends is much more pleasurable. Particularly when goss and wine’ is included.

Step three: head to Residence Depot and invest completely too much time searching for anyone to assist you to. You’ve got a nagging feeling they don’t make cuts because small as you would like but you ask some guy in which he states they are doing. Wait 35 more moments when it comes to guy that is wood-cutter have him tell you they usually do not, in reality, make cuts that tiny. You have got him cut as close as you possibly can and then leave knowing this without a doubt simply got way more complicated that you’ve used *kinda* once because you only have a table saw and a jigsaw.

Step four: While you’re here and waiting, send one of the three buddies to get some cleats that are french. One for every single panel. They appear similar to this and are available in all different sizes:

Action 5: i needed four panels regarding the straight straight back, the same size then one for each part, both the dimensions of the remaining wall. I’m in France and couldn’t inform you from the top of my head just what those precise dimensions had been nevertheless the part that is important 4 exactly the same (these are 26-inches wide), 2 smaller nevertheless the just like one another (i really believe these are 12-inches wide). These people were all 48-inches high and ¾-inches dense.

Action 6: Buy batting. Remark to friends at least 485 times on HOW EXPENSIVE IT REALLY IS. WHY? You need to have heard of mathematics that was happening between two stylists, a designer and a v confused worker at the Joann’s countertop trying to puzzle out just how much had been needed. I really believe we got about 20 yards of one-inch batting that is thick then understood we just required possibly six? We had been maybe not mathematics majors guys…

Assembly & Installation:

Step one: mark and measure plywood by having a pencil. Do an okay task with all the jigsaw, cutting the plywood right down to the size that is correct-ish. It is not quite the right device for the task, however it works. Kinda.

Step 2: contemplate something that is doing with all the sides, like rounding them, which friends and family quickly talk you away from after seeing your jigsaw handywork.

Step three: Lay batting on flooring, spot plywood piece over the top, approximately cut it 2-3 ins larger than the watch and plywood Erik staple it around all of the sides. Note: I purchased a plug-in stapler years ago and also NEVER regretted it.

Step four: Watch Erik do equivalent towards the velvet this right time with wine at hand. He stapled the velvet layer within the batting. Touch upon why step that is can’t and 10 be combined? You are told by him to shut up and to put him more wine.

Only at that true point, you’ve all collectively done like ten minutes of work and 3 hours of looking forward to things in the home Depot and Joann’s. However you are all FINISHED (wine might be an issue). We leaned the bits of upholstered panels from the wall surface and shoved most of the furniture against it and were V happy with ourselves. All of us said at the time that is same perhaps it never would have to be connected to the wall surface in the end? Most likely in order to make ourselves feel much better about essentially lollygagging throughout the day.

In a twist that is shocking i did so, in fact, place the panels up, simply by myself (3 days later on and probably ONLY because of this article). It had been somehow quite easy and difficult during the same time. Here’s just just how I did it:

Step 1: choose an arbitrary quantity (so long because it’s not as much as the height you want the top the headboard). I needed the panels to stay over the baseboard therefore it wouldn’t be pressed away at the bottom, and so I measured 41” through the flooring to where I needed the French cleat to add to the wall surface and velvet panel. I didn’t, though We thought about any of it, connect the panels to one another, and I’ll let you know why in a minute…

Step two: Use a stud finder, pray it works (I AM TALKING ABOUT. WHY??), and mark where every stud is within the area where in fact the headboard will likely to be , because… The cleats have numerous places where you are able to basically attach screws and SOMEWHERE on that cleat will fall into line by having a stud. At the least should your panels are because wide as mine where (studs are generally 16 or 24 inches aside). In this manner you don’t need to wreck havoc on anchors and you understand that headboard shall stick to the wall surface FOREVER. Attach the wall surface part associated with the cleat into the wall in the determined measurement from the ground. (Note: cleats will come while using the hanging things.)

Step three: connect the opposite side regarding the cleat to your panel in order that whenever you link the 2 bits of the cleat, the panel will stay where you are interested. We learned after the very first panel so I didn’t have to be all up in Erik’s over-stapled upholstery situation that I should do it a bit lower. Therefore in my situation, every cleat was at a various spot. Again, it doesn’t matter in which the cleats are, exactly that after they are connected, wall surface to panel, they hang during the height that is same one another.

As being a reminder, here’s the finished item (go learn about all of it in this early early morning’s post):

Once again, ask away into the reviews if you’ll need some clarification on such a thing. Many thanks for after along buddies.

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