Yes, it’s true! My super-fantastic-brother-in-law went to Home Depot on Sunday morning and bought my board and had it cut to the dimensions I needed. And then…brought it to my house and helped me carry it upstairs. This is exactly why I spoil him at Christmas.
I went out to the garage, picked up my Dad’s old staple gun and just “didn’t think about it”. I pressed it down on the work bench and pushed in the handle. BAM. I made a staple right into the bench. There’s a picture of it above in all it’s glory. My first staple. I headed upstairs full of what my Mother would call “piss & vinegar”. I was on a mission. With the help of my Mom, we got about 85% of this project finished on Sunday. I still need to get the legs cut and attached, will do that another weekend. I used instructions from one of the many DIY sites out there on the internet. They all have basically the same steps for making an upholstered rectangular headboard. Things I learned (other than how to use a staple gun) about making a headboard…
1. All the sites said to sand down all the edges. This took a lot of time and made an enormous mess. I don’t see the need. Sand down the corners so they aren’t sharp and won’t puncture your fabric and let it go at that.
2. When measuring…I measured the width of my bed and wanted to add on an extra 2 inches on either side. I forgot to compensate for the extra girth the padding and upholstery would add so now I have substantially more than 2 inches on either side. We’re going to pretend that we intended to do that.
3. The sites all say to use spray adhesive to tack the foam to the board. It helped a little – but not a lot and I’d rather have saved the $6. Use your staple gun and tack it into place. The spray adhesive doesn’t really do anything other than make you cough.
4. All the directions online say to have the foam overlap 1 inch beyond the length of the wood so you can wrap it around to the back. One inch isn’t nearly enough to wrap it around. My board was 3/4 inch thick. So as not to make yourself nuts…make the foam 3 inches beyond the board dimensions and the batting 3-4 inches beyond the dimensions. Trust me, you’ll be much happier and you won’t have to get your fingers really close to the staple gun action to hold the sliding foam in place.
5. Most importantly – have your Mom help you. Mom’s know best. The pic of Mom (doing the Fonzie thumb’s up) above is the one with the batting & foam covering it. I was going to use a white sheet to make the ‘nice clean’ cover. Mom remembered that I had bought 10+ yards of sailcloth a million years ago on Ebay and she unearthed it from the sewing room. VOILA!
By the way – in case you’re wondering why there’s extra fabric peeking from the right side in the “mostly finished” picture it’s because I haven’t stapled the top portion of the fabric yet. I’m going to wait till I get the legs attached before I finish off that part.