Recently, I made my own fabric headboard for my Queen bed. I’ve always wanted one but I didn’t like the designs or colours of headboards available in the shops.
So I made my own! It took all day to make and I was totally exhausted, but I now have a new respect for upholsterers and the work that they do.
I think the hardest part was selecting the fabric. It is so much easier to choose a fabric for a client than for yourself. There are so many choices and I liked a lot of fabrics but I wanted something really special. I wanted sophisticated, luxurious and unique.
In the end I found a beautiful Baker Lifestyle fabric called Paloma from England that was a large floral similar to a fleur de lis cut velvet design, with the pattern repeat running up the roll. It was very expensive but worth it for the look I wanted.
Most upholstery fabrics are about 137-140cm wide and a Queen bed is 155cm wide, so I was 20cm short on the width. I didn’t want to run the fabric pattern sideways, it would look strange.
With the pattern running from the bottom to the top of the headboard I needed to fill-in 10cm on each side to make up the full width of 155cm. It took a long time but I finally found a plain weave texture fabric in the same matching colour..
The final step was to protect the expensive fabric from marks and stains. I was warned that the fabric I used to fill-in my sides could water-mark and stain easily, and the main fabric was very expensive so it was important to protect the fabric while it was new and clean.
I gave my headboard a good even spray with Fend Fabric Protector. I trust this product to protect my headboard and make it easier to wipe or vacuum in the future.
The finished result looks amazing. It looks like it was made by a professional. For the first time in my life I have a colour co-ordinated bedroom and I feel like a grown-up.