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the sweetest digsCREATING A STYLISH & HEALTHY HOME ON A BUDGETDIY PROJECTSWe hadn’t spent much time decorating our bedroom, and after renovating our bathroom I was in the mood for an easy, high-impact project. I have had “make a headboard” on the to-do list ever since we moved into our house a year ago, so I finally got my butt in action. My two requirements? I wanted this DIY headboard to be upholstered and cost less than $100.Here was our bedroom before. Looking pretty sad, huh?[Links have been included for your convenience. Some may be affiliate. Please see my full Policies page for more information.]I knew I wanted to do an upholstered headboard, so I waited for a sale day at my local fabric store, and went on the hunt for some yellow fabric.Sometimes I have no luck, and then other times I hit the jackpot. This was one of those jackpot moments. I came across this pretty gray and yellow ikat fabric by Richloom. The original price tag was just over $25/meter, but sale day meant 40% off.I thought I had seen the fabric somewhere before, and realized when I got home that Sherry and John posted about on Young House Love quite a while ago…Annoying I don’t think they carry the yellow version anymore (I couldn’t find it online), but I found others from that same Richloom line. FYI the fabric quality is amazing. Heavy weight and gorgeous.Here is the orange version – Richloom Ikat Marlena Orange Home Decor Fabric:Another style but in the same gray and yellow colours – Richloom Kashan Lemongrass Home Decor Fabric:And this other in blues – Richloom Ikat Django Turquoise Home Decor Fabric:   After laying the batting out on my tabletop, I put my sheet of plywood on top. You then wrap the batting around the plywood and start stapling it down with a staple gun.Make sure to check the depth of your staples before you start. You don’t want to use ones that are too deep and stick out the other side of the headboard.Just staple your way all around the board. Super easy.Once the batting was all secured, I laid out the fabric with the patterned side down. I gave it a quick ironing to get out any wrinkles before starting.Now it was time to start stapling the fabric. I started off by doing the two long sides. I made sure to pull it tightly as I was going so that it wouldn’t be too loosey-goosey in the front.The corners are the part you want to be careful with. My technique (and I’m not sure if this is the “right” way or not, but it worked) is to approach it like I was wrapping a present. I get one side stapled, and then fold it in to the un-stapled side. Then I bring that piece up and pull it really tightly and staple along the seam.It takes a bit of practice, but I would just do it a few times until I got the perfect seam and then staple ‘er down.Here she was all stapled and ready to go.Now came the tricky part of actually hanging it.We wanted to attach it directly to the wall rather than to our bed, so we went through a few different options.We could have hung it using heavy-duty picture hangers, but we worried about it being wobbly and un-level.So we searched around and finally came across a heavy duty E-Z Ancor french cleat. It’s 18 inch and holds up to 200 pounds. I couldn’t find the same brand on Amazon, but this OOK Hangman French Cleat is the exact same in terms of dimensions and weight as the one we used (just a different brand).You attach one piece of the cleat onto the back of the headboard, and one piece onto the wall. Then you slide them in together – they have grooves that fit into each other and snap in firmly.Level and snug on the wall, that baby isn’t going anywhere.We’re really happy with how it turned out. The colours are just right and it’s nice to bring another textile into the room. Plus, it makes our basic bed look about a million times nicer and more expensive.Considering upholstered headboards usually run a couple hundred dollars, this DIY version definitely saves a bundle of moola by coming in at under 100 bones.Grand Total: $98If you want to more DIY projects like this one, head on over to the Project Gallery!What about you guys? Any DIY headboards under your belt? Or any other upholstery projects? I think the best part is picking out the fabric. I’m like a kid in a candy store at the fabric shop. Get FREE organization printables, art printables, design guides, and more. There is SOOOO much good stuff.You know you want in!Success! Now check your email for the password to get in.There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again.05.14.12 44 Comments Courtney says May 14, 2012 at 9:45 amThat looks GREAT! Wonderful job – I hope you’re pleased!!! gemma says May 14, 2012 at 9:55 amI am!! Thank you (for the nice comment and for all the support in the fabric & batting buying… thank your mama too!) :)xo, gemma kristie says January 23, 2013 at 1:03 amVery beautiful job. I love love grey and yellow. Another idea, if your handy is to make your own french cleat. Heres a good link to it. cat-thesis.blogspot.com gemma says January 23, 2013 at 9:10 amCool! Thanks Kristie! :) xo, gem Jolene says February 28, 2017 at 8:34 pmFinally I have found the easiest and cheapest way to make my headboard! Thank you!! One question, was yours for a king size? Mine will be, so using your measurements/amount of material will make it even easier! Thanks Gemma Bonham-Carter says March 10, 2017 at 9:41 amYep, King size!! Have fun! :) xo, gemma Jackie says May 14, 2012 at 11:33 amMe WANT! Awesome, I want that fabric. I’m a sucker for grey and pastel fabric, but I never know what to do with it. The french cleat thing is smart too, who knew!? RealtyqueenTO says May 14, 2012 at 11:51 amLove the fabric, great choice! Bed looks so much better! Melanie says May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pmCute! It looks awesome! I’m in Ottawa too..wondering what fabric store you visited? gemma says May 15, 2012 at 10:07 amHi Melanie! Great to connect with fellow Ottawa folks. I always go to Fabricland (the one on Merivale). Not always amazing selection, but sometimes I get lucky. I also find the prices there a whole lot better than some of the other fabric stores in the city. I wish we had more options though!! xo, gemma Ginny Gonneau says May 14, 2012 at 4:54 pmWow, looks great! Lauren M says May 14, 2012 at 8:53 pmI love it! Way to go Gemma, you’ve got an amazing eye. And, I think you probably wrap presents better than I do. gemma says May 15, 2012 at 12:44 pmHa ha.. not sure about that, Lauren!! :)xo, gemma Gwendy says May 15, 2012 at 12:26 pmIt looks absolutely fabulous Gemma and I think you were modest in estimating the amount you are saving. I’m keen to do ours! AnaMB says May 25, 2012 at 6:35 amnice job! i looove it! Maria says May 25, 2012 at 2:14 pmWhat a LOVELY headboard!!!!! I love the fabric you chose too, it’s beautiful! I’ve been wanting to do this project too, I’m just a little intimidated by it! I love what you did! gemma says May 27, 2012 at 10:36 pmThanks!! It’s so much easier than it seems… definitely give it a go! It is such a high impact project.Good luck :)xo, gemma carey says July 3, 2012 at 3:07 pmLooks great! Two questions: Is that a queen size bed? What are the dimensions on your headboard?Thanks, Carey gemma says July 6, 2012 at 8:48 amThanks Carey! The bed is actually King size, so the headboard is about 78 inches wide. I can’t remember the height, as we had sort of just eyeballed it. We didn’t want anything too tall, so kept it pretty low profile. The other nice thing is that the way we mounted it (with a french cleat bracket), meant we could adjust the placement right before mounting. So if we had made it a bit too tall, we could have just mounted it a little lower so some of it was hidden behind the bed.Hope that helps!xo, gemma carey says July 6, 2012 at 10:33 amI appreciate your quick response. Great point about adjusting the height on it. Thanks for your help! Falu says July 31, 2012 at 4:45 pmGemma, you did a wonderful job. What staple gun did you use? gemma says July 31, 2012 at 5:35 pmThanks Falu! The staple gun I have is a Mastercraft (nothing fancy).xo, gemma Lori Seifert says September 21, 2012 at 4:23 pmBeautiful! What color paint is on the walls? gemma says September 21, 2012 at 7:44 pmThanks Lori! It’s called Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.xo, gemma Michelle says October 26, 2012 at 12:09 pmWhat size would you use for a Queen? gemma says October 26, 2012 at 12:37 pmHi Michelle – I don’t know the dimensions of a Queen bed offhand, so what you would want to do is measure the width of your bed (ie. the part that sits along the wall). Make the headboard the same width and choose the height you like (remembering that some of the headboard will be hidden behind the bed). Hope that helps!xo, gem Victoria says November 4, 2012 at 2:13 amHey Gemma! I love this fabric and have been searching for it everywhere! Where can I get it? Any identification information would be awesome. Thanks! V gemma says November 4, 2012 at 8:31 pmHi Victoria – unfortunately I don’t have the name for it, but I know it was by Richloom. I would google around for it. I came across it at my local Fabricland.Good luck!xo, gem Carey says November 5, 2012 at 6:02 amI think it may be Richloom Modesto Citrine. (Modesto being the name of the fabric and Citrine the color) hope that helps! gemma says November 5, 2012 at 9:29 amThanks for this, Carey!!! Glad someone out there is in the know :) xo, gem Hannah says June 3, 2013 at 11:42 amI love the project, I am updateing my bedroom on a college/part-time working budget and this is great inspiration! I was wondering where you got your bedding? gemma says June 4, 2013 at 7:05 pmNice! The bedding is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (about 2 years ago). Good luck! :) xo, gem Brittany says June 11, 2013 at 9:14 pmLove this, I’m gathering materials to try my own. I was quoted $300-600 to have a tufted one made, and when I saw what you did for less than $100, I was sold! Can you tell me about the batting? Is it sold by yard or in a bag? Thanks Brittany gemma says June 11, 2013 at 9:28 pmIt’s sold by the yard. I got mine from Fabricland (my local fabric/sewing store). They usually have different thicknesses you can choose from. Good luck! You’ll be super pleased with the result – and for a fraction of the cost! xo, gem Ivani Crema says August 5, 2013 at 9:19 amADOREI! michelle says February 10, 2014 at 1:36 pmI love your headboard. Quick question, when you screwed in the french cleat to hang it, don’t those screws stick through to the front? And what size staples did you use? Thanks! Kim Thomas says October 11, 2015 at 5:28 pmJust found this Pinned on Pinterest (of course!)…great tutorial. Easy to follow instructions and great photos. I might just give this a go! Thanks for sharing! Elvina says February 23, 2016 at 3:00 pmGreat job! I have the same question as Michelle from 2 years ago, about the depth of the screws and staples. Janet White says December 1, 2016 at 5:01 amI’m impressed, however…has no one noticed that the fabric is sideways? I’m just about positive that the fabric is not railroaded. But you used it in the most cost-effective way and i can’t blame you for that. Still and all, an excellent job. I’m an upholsterer and your corners were just fine. The right way to do that is the way that works for you. Gemma Bonham-Carter says December 1, 2016 at 4:27 pmYep – it was about cost effectiveness!! I didn’t mind the pattern being turned that way. Thanks for the kudos on the corners :) xo, gemma Jenny Breier says June 2, 2017 at 12:13 amLove your headboard!! I am inspired!! I can’t seem to find measurements of your plywood/batting/fabric for a king size bed. Could you share?[…] So remember how we gave our bedroom a little upgrade with our new DIY upholstered headboard? […][…] It’s hanging in place using French cleats (shown here). […][…] things for a while so we don’t make any rash decisions. Here is how the room was looking post-upholstered headboard a few months ago. See that empty wall space to the right of the […]Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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Fashion LA OC Destination Wedding Photography CinemaOrange County Los Angeles Wedding Photographers and VideographersAugust 30, 2013 by D. Park Photography 1 Comment When we first heard the words, “Your son has Down Syndrome,” we couldn’t fathom the journey our family would embark. Just 30 years ago, babies born with Down syndrome were sent directly to institutions without any medical care and were experimented on. Those that survived lived on average to the age of 25. Horribly, this practice still occurs around the world.But in the US, the future for children with Down Syndrome is changing. Today, children with the diagnosis of Down Syndrome live on average to age 60. There are people driving, getting married, starting their own businesses, buying their own homes, and that is just the beginning. How?It all starts with: Early InterventionOn this journey, we found two early intervention programs: the Intervention Center for Early Child (ICEC) and the United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP). They have been the answers to our prayers. For decades, they have helped SO many families like ours with babies that have all kinds of special needs from Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Micro-Premies, and other medical miracles.Starting at 6 weeks old, Knightly began attending ICEC and UCP twice a week. He receives group therapy at ICEC and has one-on-one infant stimulation therapy at home through UCP. Every 6 months, a coordinator comes to assess every area of how Knightly is growing and measures where there are any delays. We are given options and resources to help him develop in those areas.These organizations have become family to us as they have walked with us side-by-side and held our hands through the toughest of times. Through the people we’ve met along this journey, we’ve learned more about hope, change, and healing. Most importantly, Knightly is happily growing and thriving and eating and laughing and playing — thanks to God and organizations like ICEC and UCP. We cannot express how much God has shown us His love, His hope, and His joy through the therapists, the families, and the incredible babies. Where once the world saw impossibilities, these early intervention programs have been a part of making the impossible possible and helping babies grow up to reach their full potential.ALL the baby games and activities in the party were exactly the kind of playful therapy Knightly has every week. It is “play” for a purpose. And, we’re so happy to create a celebration for our family and friends for Knightly’s very first birthday to celebrate his life, the journey, and to raise awareness and funds for these therapy organizations – a party for a purpose.As a special first birthday gift, we asked all Knightly’s friends and families to donate in lieu of gifts to these two organizations with our own specially designed site:youcaring.com/knightlyKnightly’s therapies costs $125 per baby per session and they make all the difference in the world for families like us.themeKnightly’s birthday party theme circulated around this poignant quote from Walt Disney’s Dumbo:THE DETAILS! The decor was designed by the talented Y-Co Nguyen of Bzzy Bee!Drinks in a barrel (like in the movie) with balloons to create a little bubbles coming out of the barrel!  Cute touch, Bzzy Bee!!Birthday cake and desserts from the talented Mr. & Mrs. Creamery!Mr. & Mrs. Creamery also designed custom artis ice creams to go with the party theme: Peanut Butter + Popcorn!Designed by the talented Y-Co of BzzyBee was a station for guests to just enjoy and take photos of themselves!We had a little fun with this tradition and Knightly got to choose from a Jedi knight, the dark knight (Batman), Samurai, X-men and muppet.He chose X-men, which is perfect because it is a genetic mutation to enhance the human race.  All guests were able to vote on raffle tickets beforehand for a prize.more details and events from the party!His ADORABLE first birthday crown, designed by the talented Little Blue Olive  favors!Designed to mimic what the little storks carried in Dumbo when they delivered their babies, we had favors for all the kiddos, including therapy educational baby/kid toys for their growing brains and a pair of baby sunglasses just for style!Aviators for babies.  Freakin’. Adorable.LOVE this outfit – Knightly got styled by the super talented wardrobe stylist – Styled by Connie!!!  I no longer can shop without her – she’s the best.Our baby boy’s 1st happy birthday blow-out-the-candle cake moment!And a fun show for the kiddos (and ok really for me as well cuz I LOVED this show when I first saw it): a Bubble Show with the best bubblologist Aidan Park of Bubblemania & Co.After the party, we enjoyed some private family time with Knightly’s very own dairy-free smash vanilla cupcake (he’s got a dairy allergy) from Sensitive Sweets!  Surprisingly very yummy!Our little thank you cake from the talented A Wish and a Whisk for his therapists and vendors!Happy birthday our little darling <3And thank you, thank you to you amazing friends, family, and readers – for all the love and support and joy you’ve brought us and little Knightly in his very first year!coming soonStay tuned this November!  Knightly’s birthday is going to be FEATURED on HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS!!!!! 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