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« on: January 07, 2006 10:24:33 PM »

Okay, so my boyfriend is talking about revamping his bedroom. He's currently sleeping on a opened futon (full). He loves it, because it's got a great firm mattress, so the bed is deffinatly staying. However, the head and foot boards are too little! How can I make the futon look like a real bed? Any ideas on how to give it fake (but real looking) solid head and foot boards (preferably fabric covered), without harming the original bed? Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2006 03:14:42 AM »

I can't think of a way to take the headboard and footboard off, and at the end of the day you may not want to.  It could be used for a couch one day, or it could be sold.  It would be harder to do both if you modded it.  If the headboard is against the wall, I'd suggest this:  Find a nice chunk of textured fabric you both like, long enough that covers the wall over the headboard to your desired height, the headboard, and down to somewhere close to the floor/the floor.  I would tuck this fabric very well around the headboard, and then I would tack it at the bottom of the floor.  This would probably look very nice as a flowy headboard and give the illusion of more space at the top of the bed.  Then I'd prop a bench or small chest/piece of furniture at the end of the bed.

If it's not against a wall, I'd suggest swaddling the bed with furniture, similar to how I suggested, but with a larger peice of furniture at the headboard.  A bookshelf, with padding and fabric tacked to the back, would be great.
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2006 07:54:18 AM »

How about something like a headboard, but it's actually attached to the wall?  Picture a foam covered cushion the width of the futon, and as tall as you like...then attach tab-like  (like tab-top curtains) "loops" to the top of the "headboard", slip a curtain rod/pole through the tabs and attach to the wall.   You could use matching fabric for the headboard and a new duvet cover or bedspread.  Just an idea. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2006 10:13:37 PM »

You could use some plywood to make some tall boxes that fit over the existing headboard and footboard. They'd slip right on and you could secure them in place. You could easily cover them in fabric or paint them however you want.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2006 11:32:59 PM »

You could make two tube pillows, like the "body hugger" kind to place on the "inside" of the sides, like on the mattress against the sides. Then fabricate a "headboard" against the wall, ala jeepers. Is he using the sides as the head and foot, or as the sides?

"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time."

« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2006 04:55:48 PM »

He has this abundance of book shelves in his room that are each about half full of piano music and computer programming books. I'm thinking I'm going to take the widest one, clear it out and get rid of the bottom two shelves and slip it over the top of the bed. Then he'll have two shelves as a headboard to put his night time reading book on, alarm clock, glasses, etc.  Thinking about starting next weekend while he's at home visiting his parents... gives me 72 hours to work with out intervention! Mwahahaha. Thanks for the help!!!! I'll post pictures when we figure something out!

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