We recently bought a queen-sized bed frame and mattress from Amazon. We wanted a guest room for people to stay in, and we needed it before Thanksgiving. I bought the cheapest bed with the best reviews, because it’s not like anyone is going to be living in that room. It just needs to work for a few nights. I spent less than $300 on the whole shebang and got free shipping with my Amazon Prime membership. The bed was delivered to my door! I’ll buy all my furniture online from now on, because that was awesome.
I found a complete bedding set at Ross for $35. And just to make sure my in-laws wouldn’t break their backs or anything, I slept on the bed last night. It was surprisingly comfy! It’s not as nice as my mattress, which is like a cloud, but mine also cost a whole lot more than $200. This mattress was more than $200 worth of comfortable, but we’ll confirm that report after my in-laws spend three nights on it over Thanksgiving. Even if they don’t like it, I won’t believe them because I tried it.
Anyway, our pretty little bed looked sad against the wall with no headboard.
I am obviously not an interior designer. I can’t even get the bedding straight. And I don’t know what to do with throw pillows.
So, I wanted to make a headboard, but it had to be cheap because that’s the goal for everything except vacations. I started with some PVC pipe from Lowe’s. I paid $10 for two pieces and four joints. Two elbows (or “curves” if you’re me and don’t know the proper names) and two tees (or “triples” as I like to call them…but Kurtis immediately corrected me). We measured and cut the pipes – two pieces that were 64″ long, two that were 26″ long, and two that were 20″ long. Then we pieced them together with the joints.
Ta da! Instant headboard frame. I then found a cardboard box that was about the size of the opening. Luckily I can get an unlimited supply of boxes from work, and I just happened to have one the right size. I cut it open and laid it out.
I bought three yards of fabric and cried until the poor lady at JoAnn let me use my 60% off coupon, even though the fabric was already on sale. So – $10 total for the fabric! I probably could have gotten away with using only two yards, but that’s not worth crying about. Go big or go home.
Here’s where things really start to get sketchy. I was anti-sewing for this particular project. My sewing machine and I are totally not getting along and I get in a fight with it every time I use it. I tried to make a curtain a couple weeks ago and it took me probably three hours. I can’t handle that kind of time commitment right now.
I tried stapling the fabric to the cardboard, but the staples went all the way through and poked out the other side. I’d rather my guests not get stabbed in the head (you’re welcome, Ken and Kathy) so I took them out. Kurtis had this brilliant idea to use duct tape, and I went with it. That’s how much I didn’t want to sew.
I laid the fabric on the floor and put the cardboard on top of it. I taped the bottom of the fabric to the cardboard, then placed the pipe frame over the top.
I am the world’s worst photographer.
I pulled the top of the fabric over the top of the frame, then taped it to the cardboard.
Then, I folded the sides of the fabric back like a present, and taped them down. This is where I really made sure the fabric was tight.
Then I grabbed some nailhead trim from JoAnn. Again, I used my coupon so it was only $9. I poked the nailheads through and since they didn’t have anything to attach to, I stuck a piece of eraser through the back like an earring. Yeah…it’s a little on the ghetto side.
You can see in this picture that the fabric is kind of a brown floral. It matches the bedding well, and it’ll be easy to switch out if I want to.
Here’s the finished product:
I’m not saying it’s the greatest thing in the world, but I do like it better than nothing at all behind the bed. And for only $30 and about half an hour of time, I can trash the whole thing later if I want.