Yes, I'm nuts for headboards

I don't know about you but I'm not rolling in cash over here. We are a one income family. Meaning; Hubby works and I stay at home with the kids. I get extra cash from freelance graphic design and upcycling furniture jobs.  When it came time to get the matters off the floor, it comes to no surprise that we made a bed. I have been planing and researching the idea of making a bed for a good "ooh" 9 months. This really was not something I wanted to hate in a few weeks and for way under $80.00. And this is how it happens.

Plywood cut to size 7 foot long, 4 foot wide
1- 1x5x8 cut in half for the legs and support
Pre drill holes and screw plywood and 1x5 together

use a "c' clamp and pre drill holes

Finished Headboard frame. I cut the cost of this project by not using foam. Just the batting to over the front of the headboard. (the fluffy part)

Make sure to cut off the exposed screws and file down so no hands get cut in the future

Really wanted a white Headboard with silver nail head trim. I found sale fabric for $1.50 a yard. It ended up being to sheer and you can see the batting. See the black lines. (you do not want that) A $10 mess up

The new fabric 

Thanks for the help Andy

Finished Headboard without nail head 

More ways to cut cost. Use real nail heads. Don't buy the kits! 

Tools I used, Yes I did use the butter knife! 


Time to add it all up
  1. plywood and 1- 1x5x8 = 25.71
  2. fabric (white) =10.00
  3. fabric (green) = 20.00
  4. Silver nail heads =5.67
  5. Screw, nuts and bolts = already had (5.00 ish)
  6. Staple gun and staples = already had (20.00 ish)
  7. Batting = already had (might run 30.00-40.00 on ebay)
      Total = 61.37 
 * if you do not already have the tools and 5-7 its going to run a lot more*
 * Big Thanks to Josiah for helping make the frame level* 


  1. Wow, great headboard. I like yours better than the inspiration one - the fabric is fabulous!

  2. Thanks so much! I love it too! Thanks for following.

  3. Your headboard looks great! I love the color of the fabric you chose! We made our headboard as well. You can see it over at my blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment. I'll be a new follower of your blog.