How to Make a Trendy DIY Headboard: College Edition

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Does your room at college ever feel like it’s missing something? That extra little detail to make it feel more like home. The simple fix: adding a headboard to your bed. It can take your space from a bland box to a stylishly decorated space that will have you never wanting to leave. The best part is that people will never believe you made it yourself. Follow these easy steps to create a DIY headboard that will make your bedroom look the best on campus.

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The addition of a headboard helps to transform the space from a basic college dorm to an inviting living space.

1. Gather your materials. To make the headboard you are going to need the following items:

  • 30×38 piece of wood
  • 1 yard of batting
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Staple gun  
  • 1 package Dritz Home Decorative Nailhead Trim

The dimensions of the piece of wood are perfectly fitted for a twin XL mattress. To make things as easy as possible, the headboard is designed to easily slide in between your mattress and bedframe. Make sure to choose the color of a fabric that will best match with the décor in your room and bedding. Also, select the Dritz Home Decorative Nailhead Trim finish that goes best with your space. I found this type of trim to be the easiest option as it will not require the tediousness of using single nails.

2. Staple batting to wood.

Once you have gathered all the materials, it is time to start putting the headboard together. Begin by laying the batting on the floor. Next, take the piece of wood and layer it over the batting. Notice the back of the headboard should be facing up. You should see that there is excess batting around the sides of the wood board. Carefully, pull the batting as tightly as you can and wrap it around the edges of the wood. This step is crucial as it will ensure a smooth surface on the front of the headboard. Once you have pulled the batting over the edges of the wood secure the batting in place using the staple gun.

3. Staple fabric to wood.

Repeat the same process that was previously performed in step two. The fabric should be layered on top of the batting. The excess fabric should be tightly pulled around the wood and stapled down to the board. Once this step is finished you should have an almost complete headboard.

4. Add the finishing touches.

The last step of the process is to add embellishments to your headboard. These final touches help to make your headboard look complete and indistinguishable from the ones at the store. The Dritz Home Decorative Nailhead Trim is the easiest way to add the look off having studs in your headboard — but without the work. The trim comes in a single strip and every other space you hammer in a nail to secure the trim. And just like that, your headboard is finished. Slide your headboard in between the mattress and the frame of the bed and instantly enjoy your upgraded dorm room.

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Close up of the nail head trim. So chic! (And so easy!).
Maricella Fusillo '22
Smart, sassy, sophisticated.
Submitted by kyndra on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 18:35