How to Make a Bed Headboard

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You don't have to be a carpenter to build a headboard. You don't even have to commit to a specific design or color palette. This design doesn't require wood or a hammer and can be changed seasonally to keep your bedroom looking fresh.

  • Purchase curtain rings with clips (package of at least 80), 2 European shams that compliment your bedding and room décor, 2 fillers for the European shams and a decorative curtain rod that is at least as wide as your bed and blends with your room's décor.

  • Gather your tools, including a drill, screwdriver, measuring tape and level. Mount the curtain rod brackets above the bed. The rod should be centered and 28 to 36 inches above the mattress. Use the level and measure both horizontally and vertically so the rod is centered and straight.

  • Insert the fillers into the European shams. Although European pillows are square in shape, make sure they fit properly into the sham. If you have trouble inserting the fillers, turn the pillow and try to put it into the sham again. Fluff the pillows so they fill out the shams evenly.

  • Slide the curtain rings onto the rod and place the rod into the brackets securely. It is important that the rod snap into place on the bracket so your headboard remains stable.

  • Hang the pillow from the curtain ring clips on the rod. Space the clips evenly along each pillow so the shams will hang without bumps or wrinkles.

  • Stand back and admire your new, carpentry-free headboard. Remember that you can update this headboard each season, just by changing the weight, color or pattern of the fabric on your pillow shams.

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