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Velvet Simple Backboard

It has been a while since I‘ve done a DIY post on my blog. So this is my way of getting into the groove. I switched my kid‘s beds around. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before because Toby has a smaller room so switching his bed out to Mila’s bed, which is a double bed versus a queen bed made so much more sense. So instead of the pink back board I decided to switch out the fabric to a velvet deep green.

This tutorial is going to be for a double bed headboard or you can do it for a twin as well. If you need to make a bigger one you can use a longer piece of plywood cut to the width of you bed frame.

I personally used a 48 inch canvas because it is light weight and has a wood frame that you can staple the fabric to. I bought it at Hobby Lobby. (if it is not on sale make sure to use the 40% coupon online).

These are all of the items you need for this project:

  1. 48inch long canvas (at least 24 inches wide)

  2. 2-3inch foam (same width as your canvas)

  3. Staple Gun / Staples

  4. 2 yards of fabric of your choice (I would suggest to get something more heavy duty as it will help you in the stapling process and obviously will make it more durable)

All you have to do is lay the foam against the canvas, lay the fabric on top and make sure you have enough fabric to go around, and then start stapling. I usually start on the longest side from the middle. I usually fold the edges in to make it look cleaner. The double layer of fabric will also make sure that nothing comes apart. Once one side is stapled, I turn to the second longest side. Now this one maybe a little challenging and will require some muscle work, but that’s ok, I believe in you lol. I usually run my hand over the top of the back board and try to tighten so that the sides have a smooth slope on both sides. Again, I start in the middle of the longest side and staple it down. This helps to guide me down both sides and make sure that I am a creating the same tension all the way around. (TIP: it is also better if you have 1 inch access fabric off the sides and not more because it folds in easier. You can cut access around the sides)

Repeat the process on the shortest sides and just brush your hand over the top of the piece to smooth it out and make sure that all of the edges have the same tension.

Now I know the corners look complicated but it is really just a matter of moving the fabric around to even out the creases. If there is too much fabric, you can cut a piece off so that it doesn’t get bulky.

You can get some hanging hardware at any of your local hardware stores. To install it onto the wall, just place the headboard against the wall and use a leveler to make sure its straight. Mark the nail holes. Attach the nails (use dry wall screws if you’re going to use plywood as a backing instead of the canvas)

That’s it :) Simple. Easy. Modern.

Create Coleture, Be YOU

Viktoriya Cole

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