So after a little begging and pleading Jon decided that making it was a great option! 🙂
It took two weekends to finish. One weekend to purchase wood, cut pieces and then assemble. Then life got in the way and we lived without the bed upholstered for two weekends and then this past Saturday we finished it.
For this project you will need the following supplies from Home Depot:
*This is for a Queen sized bed.
The headboard is made out of MDF and with the help of a grid you can get the perfect curve. Jon made 6″ x 6″ grid boxes in order to check our curve. The grid is also helpful if you want to tuft your headboard.
First we used paper to create one half of the curve. This is done free hand so you can make it as extreme as you like.
Then flip your template over to the other side and trace your template.
Make sure that the distance from the bottom of the template to the top of the mdf is equal on both sides.
And slowly cut along the curve:
You may get some rough edges so take out your belt sander and smooth them away.
To make sure that your frame is square measure from one corner to the opposite corner and then do the same of the remaining two corners. You will be making an X. If your measurements are identical you are good to go.
Flip your frame upside down and nail one of your 1″x 4″x 60″into the frame to support the head of the bed and then take your additional 1″x 4″ x 60″ board and nail into the foot.
Flip the bed back over and grab your remaining 5/4″ x 4″ x 80″ boards and your 2″ x 4″ x 80″ stud. Lay your 2″ x 4″ x 80″ stud flat and butt a 5/4″ x 4″ x 80″ board to side standing up and nail together. You should have a long U shaped support piece. Flip it over and lay it down the center of your bed. The center of your U shape support should be at 30″. Pictured below in the center:
In order to support your weight you must screw U shaped piece from the head and the foot of the bed. Now you must flip it on it’s side and screw your center support into your lowersupports:
We re-used the cross-rails from our original bed, but if needed here is where you would use your 14- 1″x3″x60″ boards. Lay them evenly across the entire length of the bed and secure them with nails.
Voila bed frame and headboard are finished. This took us one weekend, but not the entire two days. While there are a lot of steps it was a pretty easy project.
For the base of the bed we purchased two twin sized mattress pads ($9 a pad) and cut them in half length wise. They don’t go completely around so there will be some seams, but under fabric it is not noticeable at all.
Now you need to do the same with the fabric. We purchased 6 yards of neutral linen. We got it at a steal for $4 a yard!
To mount the headboard to the base we used books/magazines to prop it up to the height we wanted and measured to make sure it was equal on both sides.
Use the tape measure to also make sure when you are screwing into place you are going into the base and not your mattress! 🙂
For main support we used a 3″ nut and bolt to secure the headboard on the corners of the frame:
We put our bolts 8″ up from the bottom and 2″ in from the side:
This is what the bolt looks like inside the bed frame:
This is how it will look from the back of the headboard:
Once your sides are bolted into place you can use 1 5/8″ dry wall screws in the center of of the headboard for additional security. Again place all screws below 8″ so that you do not hit your mattress.
Covering the bed in foam and fabric took between 4-5 hours.
Now who is going to follow suit and DIY?
$200 for wood, hardware and legs
$45 for foam
$25 for fabric
Total: $270 vs $1,599.99
12-15 hrs. We split it up into 2 weekends, but it could be finished in one weekend.
***Writing this blog post took longer. It’s now almost 2 am and we are finally able to enjoy our bed and get some rest.