The Villages - May 2017 - 22
E a s y, H a n d m a d E
Story By rICA LEWIS
photoS By BrAndon At WELL
It's the crown of the bed and the focal point of most
bedrooms - the headboard.
In the past, stark upright panels were simple,
originally serving to shield sleepers from drafts in
old homes. But over the years, more ornate models
have replaced the simple squares of bland wood that
formerly flanked beds. Take a trip to any home décor
store and you'll find headboards for every bedroom:
traditional brass with a classic patina, ultra modern
made of brushed steel or soft and sophisticated
with tufted button details. But beyond aesthetics,
headboards have numerous functions:
1. They keep your pillows in place.
By providing some separation from the wall, headboards are good for keeping pillows from slipping off
What You'll Need
* A saw to cut your wood (or have it cut
locally, at a home improvement store)
* Staple gun with staples (Brenda used a
pneumatic staple gun and air compressor)
* Spray glue
* Foam rubber
* High loft quilt batting
* French cleats
hoW to Make It
Cut a sheet of sturdy plywood the
width of the mattress frame at the
height you desire.
Make a frame by nailing together four
2-inch-by-2-inch boards (cut to the
dimensions of the height and width of
Nail plywood to the frame.
Wrap the frame in several layers of quilt
batting, stapling to the back of the
frame. For a thicker, plusher headboard,
you can glue foam rubber to the front of
the frame before wrapping it in batting.
Cut your fabric large enough to cover
the front and all four sides of the frame,
plus an extra 2 inches all around.
Center the fabric on the frame front and
gently pull it taut, stapling in place on
the backside of frame.
Place the first staple at the top, then pull
fabric from the bottom and staple. Then
staple each side and return to staple the
top. This will help keep the fabric from
pulling or being unevenly stretched,
which is especially important if you have
a patterned fabric.
Attach to wall using a French cleat.
2. They keep the walls clean and scuff-free.
You can't scuff a wall you can't touch. So while the rest
of your room is accruing prints, spots and scuffs, at least
the space behind the headboard will remain pristine.
3. They provide storage.
Headboards with shelving are ideal for small rooms,
offering additional storage for books and other items.
4. They make your bedroom cozier.
Like to read the classics in bed? Or watch your favorite
shows beneath the covers? A plush headboard with
lots of back support makes relaxing in bed a better
Those are just a few reasons to revamp your bedroom
with the right headboard. Here are some tips from
Village of Duval resident Brenda Schwentor, a hobbyist
interior designer who has incredible style and skill