Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DIY King Headboard / Total King Size Bed Makeover For $82

I am so excited about this project! It is a total redo of our king size bed. A DIY headboard, platform bed concept from up cycled pallets, and a bed skirt! Really a total overhaul of our master bed! 

As you will see below, in the end, I went on and wrapped up the project and pitures without the bedskirt, but  I plan to add a bedskirt that starts at the top of the box spring and drops to the floor. So in the end The actual pallet platform will be pretty much covered by a straight pleated tan colored bedskirt to tie it all together. This is a project I will go to Hobby Lobby for and then sew to my needed dimensions. :)

As you will see I am starting from the floor up with a new base for the bed (bye bye old frame) and I will be using up cycled pallets. You need four pallets to make the king size base for your bed or eight if you want more height. If you add four more to make a stack of eight they just stack on the other four. It probably would be a good idea to secure the stacks of four on top of the base four to each other somehow so that they are sturdy and in no way wobbly or dangerous. Just ensure your dimensions are the same or super close on all four pallets especially height! Regarding the color of the pallets we debated between staining the pallets and painting them white. White paint won because I really liked the brightness of it on the pallets and we had that already lying around the house :) We just put the pallets outside and used a super fabulous electric spray painter and before you knew two beautiful layers of white paint were on all four pallets. As soon as they were dry they were in the bedroom and laid out to the dimensions of the box spring.... Rewind..... So the pallets went into the bedroom and I found out that some of my measurements were off! It happens sometimes... :) oh well so out the pallets went. A few cuts to slightly reduce width and length and then I pulled the nails out of the side support boards where we cut off some length and moved those in attaching again this time with screws instead of the nails that were originally in the pallets. This was just for ease and took only a couple of hours to correct. Measurements fixed! We secured the pallets together and the base of bed is done! Cost...... FREE. (Often your local hardware stores or anywhere that receives large amounts of palletized shipments will just give these away if asked. That was what I was able to do! Yay!)

Box springs and mattresses were put in place and now we move on to the upholstered headboard! I decided I wanted an odd number of square upholstered boards set side by side as a floating headboard. I had seen various ideas and decided I loved the odd number of three large squares mounted behind bed as the headboard. The size of each square needed to be between 24-26" to extend the full width of the king size mattress when side by side. When I went shopping for my boards I figured I would have to buy a large single sheet of plywood, but was so excited to find pre-cut boards already measuring 24x24 at $6.00 each.
This just made it easier for me because I could just start upholstering and did not need to worry about cutting boards etc. I purchased foam sheet (pictures below with dimensions) from Hobby Lobby along with my fabric. Used 40% off coupon and fabric was $47.00
Foam was $11 total for all boards.

Love Hobby Lobby!!!!! I didn't get batting after a long conversation debating it with my very sweet and patient mom and with the Hobby Lobby lady who also went over the whole project concept with us. My fabric is nice and thick and I cut foam to slightly overlap the boards for a more fluffy / less straight lined look. I wanted it to look comfy and inviting! So my roll of foam was 2 x 27 x 76 and I cut three pieces if foam to the measurement of 25x25 to overlap the 24x24 boards.
When cutting my fabric I allowed 6" of length beyond the 25x25 measurement so that I had no issues getting a sufficient amount of fabric to staple to my board. I was scared of that and I definitely didn't want to shred my fabric on the back of the board for it to just loosen and come off after all of this work.
I folded my ends under and stapled into that to give more support for the fabric under the staples.
Took me a few hours to upholster all three boards and then it was done!!!

Made a couple of pillows with left over fabric from the headboard as you can see in pictures below. Also, I will probably pick a couple of brighter colored throw pillows to put on the bed also for additional spice :) 
I purchased hardware to attach my upholstered boards to my wall and screws with anchors in case I had to mount them to the wall in between studs in some places. I really wanted these sturdy and not a risk of falling or slipping. I wanted them mounted securely. The hardware total was about $6.00. Total cost of new headboard $82.00!!!! I'm very happy with this project. Super thrilled to have the bedroom redone and at such a great price! Also, this was my first upholstery project so it's not a gorgeous picture of the back of the upholstered headboard pieces, but it's not that bad for a first time either! I'm so excited and now I am trying to figure out more projects with upholstery to do around the house!!! Hope this is helpful and inspires you to remake a space in your home as well. :D 


  1. How did you mount them to the wall? Also the middle one looks like it is out a little more then the side ones which I like, how did you do that if I am seeing it right?

    1. I mounted 75 pound weight support picture hanging hooks to the back of each upholstered piece, one on either side of each square. In the wall I used anchors and screws that supported those same weight requirements. I know this was more than needed, but it was only a few dollars and I have little ones so I wanted to go above and beyond... :)

      I do not have the middle one out more than the others, but I would think you could achieve that maybe by just attaching an additional 2x4 long ways (or the desired thickness you are looking for) to the back of the middle board and then mounting the square on that additional plaque to the wall. This would give it the look I think you are wanting.

      Thank you for checking out this blog and message back if you have any other questions. I will try and help out! :)

      Momma Mia

  2. What are the dimensions of the fabric you bought?

    1. Hi Sandra :) I am sorry I missed this! I would account for the dimensions of your board and then allow 9 - 10" beyond that if you want to be super safe and allow for any issue that may occur. This is just a safe bet across the board and allows for your foam and board thickness of you follow my notes. I hope this helps!