I will be outlining our approach to the headboard and will share an alternative (although more expensive) route in parenthesis.
At least 2 large cardboard boxes (or a large piece of plywood)
Several large bags of pillow stuffing (or foam cut to size)
Home decor fabric 1 1/2 to 2 yards
Hot Glue Gun (or a nail gun)
1. Measure the width of your bed frame and decide how tall you want your headboard to be. Our headboard is 62 in X 28 in.
2. Take apart a large cardboard box and cut it to fit your height and width. To make the headboard more sturdy, we doubled up the cardboard and taped each piece together with duct tape (For an even sturdier option, cut a piece of plywood to fit your height and width measurements).
3. Iron your home decor fabric and lay it right side facing down on the floor. Lay the cardboard on top of the fabric. Cut your fabric so that it is approximately 3-5 inches bigger than the cardboard on each side.
(If using plywood, hot glue your foam piece to the plywood and then lay it foam size down onto the fabric).
4. The next step is to take your hot glue gun and glue the fabric along 3 sides of the cardboard. As you glue, you need to pull the fabric taught. The corners can be tricky, make sure that they are smooth and not bunched up on the right side.
(If using plywood, secure the fabric to 3 sides of the piece using your nail gun rather than hot glue).
5. Once the glue has dried completely, flip the piece over and begin stuffing it with the pillow stuffing. Make sure the stuffing fills up all corners and edges. You will likely use much more than you think you need to!
(This step can be skipped if using foam rather than pillow stuffing, unless you want to add even more comfort!).
6. Once your headboard is sufficiently stuffed, glue down the last side of fabric (or nail it down). You need to pull the fabric tight as you do this, but not so tight that the cardboard begins to bend. It’s a tricky balance!
7. If you find that your cardboard headboard doesn’t stay as straight as you’d like, attach a strip of wood to the back with glue or a nail gun (as long as it doesn’t poke into the stuffing) to keep it from bending.
8. We did not attach our headboard to the wall because it slipped perfectly behind our mattress and rests on the back part of our bed frame.
Those are the simple steps that we used to create our headboard. Like I said before, it is in no way a perfect, professional piece of furniture but it does it’s job, it was inexpensive, and it looks great!