The logistics of upholstering a twin sized headboard are exactly the same as a king-sized board, except the size of materials needed.
List of materials needed:
-1 piece of plywood cut to size – for this twin sized headboard, I used the left over piece from the king sized headboard they cut for me at home depot. The dimensions are 48″ wide by 20″ tall.
-Foam – I like the feeling and depth of 2″ foam.
-Spray Adhesive – to attach the foam to the plywood.
-Batting – for this project, I bought one yard of batting.
-Fabric – Apx. 1 yard. (If you buy a pattern, be wary of which direction you want the fabric to go and how much you’ll need).
-Staples and Staple gun.
Anatomy of a headboard: (from left to right) Fabric, batting, foam, plywood.
First, mark some measurements on your headboard. I do this for two reasons: 1. the hanging hardware and 2. to act as a guide to keep my pattern in line. You can also do this step after you’ve attached your foam to the front.
Cut your foam to fit and attach with spray adhesive. I was careful to make sure there weren’t any large gaps, and that the pieces were pretty level with each other.
Next, place the plywood foam side down on your batting, and pull gently (but not super taught) and staple.
Place your fabric face down, and repeat the previous step. I used the lines on the fabric as markers to keep in line with the marks I made on the back of the plywood.
For the corners, I was careful to pull them taught in one direction, and then fold under to create a neat line.
I found this neat, modern fabric at Ikea! It was labeled new and at $7.99 a yard, I couldn’t say no. It’s very thick and sturdy.
After you are done attach your hanging hardware and mount it to the wall. I like to use these french cleats:
They even come with their own level! But two of these babies, and that headboard isn’t going anywhere.
Peanut loves the updated bed!
P.S. Since originally writing this post, I have decided that I don’t like the way the fabric clashes with the antique quilt. Too modern vs. antique. So instead, I’m going to turn the headboard into a bench! (Already upholstered, sweet!) And I’m going to see if I can’t find something I like better for the bed. I’m hoping to incorporate a modern, yet traditional fabric for the curtains to bring the room together. Then I think I can start thinking about new side table(s) and lamps, etc…