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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Corey @ Tinysidekick says
This is awesome! I just did curtains from a shower curtain! Such a great source for fun fabric. Love this transformation.
Thanks Corey! We pick them up all the time from Marshalls & TJMaxx to use for projects. We’ve re-upholstered chairs with them too ha! Much cheaper than buying thicker fabric by the yard. Love your curtains- West Elm is amazing : )
Melissa @ A Prudent Life says
Cue music….Have I Told You Lately That I Love You….
This is so genius! I am so excited by the possibility of using command strips on fabric. I’d be banging on the Marshall’s doors right now begging them to let me in to buy a shower curtain if I had a metal headboard in the house. So, I guess it’s good I don’t 🙂
Haha! You literally just made me crack up. And now I have to listen to that song haha. Thanks! It was really easy to put together and has held up great with the command strips. And it’s definitely a good thing Marshalls isn’t open 24/7- for both our wallets sake! : )
Very cool, ladies! Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you! : )
OMG!!! This is genius!!!!! I’ve been pining over and wanting a new headboard for almost two years. Just when we have saved enough to buy one some life event decides to de-rail that plan, with car issues, a new dish washer, vet bills, medical bills…. Well you get the picture! We have a king sized bed with a nice but dated brass headboard, so like you said a shower curtain won’t be big enough to work, but I do have my trusty sewing machine and could totally see doing this!!! I already had the gears turning and know how I’m going to make it work and stay put!!! Thank you for sharing your projects and inspiring us all to be DIY-ers!!!!
Thanks Lauren! I’m so glad you’re inspired! Two shower curtains sewn together could work or there are so many pretty fabric options out there that you can get at a discount to make it exactly how you’d like. I wish those dang bills would just take it easy some times! Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with your project! : )
I just love this and will be featuring it on Tuesday at Twirl and Take a bow!
Be sure to come and grab a featured Button!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Thanks so much Karin! That just made our day! : )
Alexis @ Persia Lou says
What a great before and after! Thank you for sharing it at The Makers. 🙂 (And I totally LOLed at Step #7)
Thanks Alexis! Thanks for hosting 🙂 He literally looked like that in every picture so I felt I had to post it haha!
Angela (Life in Velvet) says
This is genius! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!
Thanks Angela 🙂 And thanks for hosting!
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures says
This is awesome! Pinned 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Makers!
Thanks Katie! We really appreciate it : ) Hope you have a great day!
Ruby Showalter says
What a creative idea!! I love the transformation! I actually have a similar bed with metal scrollwork that I desperately want to conceal but I’m not sure how well it would work since the bed posts are wooden and I don’t actually need to cover them?? It’s a king-size bed. So…I’ll continue brainstorming! Let me know if you have any suggestions 🙂
Thanks Ruby! Hmm maybe you could try attaching the fabric to the inside or back of the wooden posts instead of wrapping it around them, or if your fabric fits around the metal scrollwork perfectly, you could use a few safety pins on the bottom of the fabric to keep the fabric tight so it won’t move around on you. Hope that helps & thanks for stopping by! : )
Where can I find the bed quilt and pillows with the end ties in your headboard feature
Hi Susie! The bed quilt is from Marshalls/Homegoods and the pillows with the ties are from IKEA : )
So smart! And soooo cute.
That is super cool. You did a great job and it seems easy enough I could even do it! lol Yay I will share in stumble!
Thanks so much Suzie!
Cindy Renee says
I’m trying to get a visual in my head on the attachment/placement of the Command strips. If anyone had pics, examples where they’ve done this, could you please post them? Thanks!