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« on: July 07, 2004 08:59:58 AM »

Hi All,

I need to make a headboard and noticed there are no postings on this (that I can find).  Has anyone done one or seen one that they just love? 

Specifically, I need one that will match a Cambodian theme (think Angor Wat . . . )
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2004 07:47:01 AM »

I found this from the Jonathan Fong website link:


I think that these would make a very cool & easy headboard.  Just cut them to span the width of the bed, and just as high on the wall as you'd want. 
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2004 01:56:39 PM »

Good find - I like that one a lot! I'm still going back and forth between using the wall and making a stand alone headboard.

I'm still looking for a bed frame and I'm not sure how it will fit in my room.  There's a possibility that it wll be angled in the corner and I won't be able to use the wall space for a head board. 

Any non wall ideas?
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004 05:39:18 PM »

Once I saw once that was made out of like plyboard then covered in thick cork board and then it had crown moulding around the sides and top. It was really cool!

« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2004 06:58:58 PM »

My cousin made a headboard out of a door somehow. She painted it to look kind of like an old boat in white and light blue. I will see if I can get more details/picture from her.

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2004 07:37:20 PM »

Sorry no ideas but I just want to say bevrocking you have earned idol status with me!  OMG I just spent an hour looking at the Jonathan Fong website!  I want to be him when I grow up!  Hubby and I are now on a mission to find fridge/ armoire this weekend! WOOOOHOOOO
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2004 06:55:21 PM »

I made a headboard for my bed about a year ago.  It was very easy to do.  I used a large piece of wood my dad had in the backyard that he didn't intend to use (you can just go to Home Depot and buy a piece of wood large enough to fit the size of your bed - it should be at least the width of your bed, and at least twice the height, though a little more than that would probably be better, depending on the height of your bed). 

I traced a rounded line along the top corners of the piece, and then used a circular saw to cut the board to the right width, and a handheld jigsaw to cut out the corners.  You can create any kind of pattern you like, though if you'll be covering it with fabric, keep in mind that the more ornate the pattern, the harder it will be to get the fabric to pull over the edges smoothly.  If you don't have the tools to cut the wood yourself, ask someone at your local Home Depot/Lowes/lumber store to cut it for you.  If you don't want anything too fancy, they'll usually do it for free.

Next, I put two layers of thick batting I bought at Michaels onto the headboard.  I laid it out and then folded it over the edges, and used a staple gun to attach it to the back of the board.  This would allow the headboard to have a nice puffy, upholstered look.

Then I went down to Ross and picked up a twin size sheet set (You could also get a full or a queen if your headboard is really large, but I have a Queen size bed, and the Twin sized sheet worked perfect.)  I used the fitted sheet and put it over the front of the headboard and the batting, using the staple gun to secure the sheet onto the back of the headboard.  as I did this, I tried to be sure that I was pulling the sheet taut so that the fabric wouldn't look saggy or wrinkled.  At the rounded edges I had to do some folding of the material on the back of the headboard, but it's not noticeable from the front.

And as an extra embellishment, I bought some plain, round silver upholstery tacks and hammered them into a few spots on the headboard to give it a bit of a tufted look.  You can arrange them in any manner you like.  You can also use ribbons and upholstery tacks to give it even more definition (stretch the ribbon across the headboard either horizonatally, vertically, or diagonally, staple the ends to the back, and then insert upholstery tacks where the ribbons intersect).  You could also put upholstery tacks along the top edge (like studs), or sew buttons randomly onto the sheet.  Use your imagination.

I actually purchased two sets of the sheets so that I would have two matching pillowcases to go with all of the other pillows I have on my bed (I removed them for the picture).  Then I took the two flat sheets and made curtains for the large window in my bedroom.  Then I used the other fitted sheet to make a smaller curtain (this one I had to cut out and sew a little) for the little window in my bedroom.  It helped to tie things together.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2004 07:51:59 PM »

Have you ever thought about putting a curtain rod above your bed and hanging a couple colors of sheer fabric on it? Add a valance and it can look pretty cool. I think they've got a display at Linens & Things.

 Another thing I've seen that's really cool is:
 You hang  a few curtain rods on your ceiling above your bed and then run some really long cuts of fabric through them letting them swoop down a little. And letting is fall all the way to the floor on the ends of your bed.
You could even use those two together.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2004 03:45:55 AM »

I have used old picket fence pieces.  My favorite though was strategically placed nails and hanging christmas lights and faux ivy.  tres cute.

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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2004 11:12:17 AM »

i use an intricately carved wooden folding screen as our headboard.

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