How to Make Your Own Headboard for Less than $40

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You can make your own headboard for a fraction of what it would cost to buy at a store. It just takes a few materials and an hour or two of work.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood
  • Staple Gun
  • Quilt Batting
  • Fabric
  • Electric saw
  • Sand paper
  • Measure the width and height of your bed. Decide how high above your bed you want the frame to go. Our measurements ended up being 76in wide by 48in high.

  • Go to a hardware or home improvement store and buy a piece of plywood big enough to fit your measurements.

  • Go to a fabric store (or even WalMart) and buy quilt batting and fabric. Give yourself 2 or 3 extra inches of batting and fabric on each side. In other words, add 4 or 6 inches to both the height and width of your batting and fabric.

  • Cut the plywood to the size you had measured. Sand the cut edges.

  • Center the plywood on your batting and fabric. Fold the edges of the batting and fabric over the sides of the plywood and staple into place.

  • Place the headboard behind your bed. You won't mount this headboard to your bed frame, just lean it up against the wall behind the bed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Our bed frame cost $35 for everything

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