It’s so hard not to scroll around on Pinterest or flip open any magazine lately without seeing some amazingly gorgeous headboard that either has been DIYed, or gets your DIY gears spinning. Another thing I’ve noticed- somehow, most of these people also have a bed frame that did not include an existing headboard and footboard. Lucky ducks. I am not one of those ducks.
Unfortunately it’s not in my budget to go out and replace a bed frame I already own with a new one. So, after thinking for a bit, I decided to attempt to make a temporary cover to get the same DIY look.
I’ve been using this full-sized metal black framed bed that I had gotten as a hand-me-down since college. It needed a little refresher.
Here’s the best part (to me!) all I needed to get this look was a cloth shower curtain, some Command picture hanging strips (I used 6 med sized ones), and two safety pins. I found this particular one at Marshalls for a grand total of $15.
I had picked it up months ago simply for the pattern, and finally found a place to use it!
Note: If you’re bed is a queen or king, a standard sized shower curtain will not be large enough for this project- but you can definitely find some amazing fabric and use that instead!
Here’s how I did it:
1. The first step took the very longest. Iron your fabric. I got halfway through a realized my iron had turned off on me! Fail. Make sure your iron is on so this doesn’t take you hours.
2. Cut the shower curtain (or fabric) to be long enough to cover the front of your headboard, and allow for the fabric to wrap around the back of the posts. Mark off where your Command strips will be placed on the back of both the posts and fabric (so they are hidden and line up at the end). I did one on the top, middle and bottom.
3. Add your Command strips to the marked sides of the fabric. I used three on each side to keep everything snug as a bug in a
- 4 holes were prepunched into the side of the strip that was going to be attached to the fabric using a small screw and hammer.
- Sew that strip to the edge of the fabric by looping your needle and thread through the holes a few times, similar to sewing on a button. Easy peasy. The adhesive on the strip works amazing on hard surfaces, but I wanted to reinforce the side attached to the fabric.
4. Attach the back of the strips to your bed posts.
5. Wrap the fabric around your headboard and click those Command strips together.
6. Since our headboard is rounded, we had some pretty funny looking top corners at this point. We simply wrapped them around the back like a present, and secured it with a safety pin (in the back so it does not show).
7. Teach your pet how to model. The blue steel look is my recommendation (see below).
And that’s it! What do you think? For less than $20 for the whole project, we’re excited about how it turned out! It compliments the dark curtains and picture on the opposite wall, and we added a dark gray pillow to balance it all out.
And just in case you want to attempt this project as well, Command strips say they are good on most surfaces (a wood frame would work the same way as my metal frame), just not wallpaper or vinyl. But if you have a wallpapered or vinyl bed, well, I’m not sure I have a response for that. Might be upgrade time. Unless it’s amazing, and in that case ignore my rambling : )
After re-painting and adding this DIY headboard cover, our mini-master-makeover is complete! Total spent: $45 ($25 for paint, $15 for shower curtain, $5 for Command strips. The rest was from “shopping” around our home!)
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