In February my son requested a full sized bed in his room to replace the antique wooden twin that had been both my fathers and mine. His room is not super large so I didn't want a huge bed and bed frame and I felt his room needed a bit of color so I really wanted to add some upholstery. My challenge was that the standard headboards that attach to a metal frame require bedskirts as the frame is not something I want to look at and I am not a huge fan of bedskirts. I decided to go with a painted metal bed frame and then to make an upholstered headboard that would hang on the wall. I fond a clean and simple painted metal bed frame from Modway. It is a platform style bed so it does not require a box spring, you simply put the mattress on top of the slats and dress the bed.
Next it was on to designing and making the headboard. I didn't want it to be too heavy as it was going thong on the wall, so I created a frame out of 2 x 2's and wove upholstery webbing to fill in the center portion.
The next step was to cover the front of the frame with 2" upholstery foam, which gets stapled down on the sides. Then wrap (cover the front and staple to the back edges) the frame in a layer of batting. The last step before fabric was a layer of white muslin, the muslin get wrapped and attached the same way as the batting. The job of the muslin is to smooth out any lumps and bumps in the edges. To achieve the best result I tack the muslin with upholstery nails first and then smooth and stretch it while stapling it.
Finally, I covered with my upholstery fabric and attached the headboard to the wall using a french cleat system.
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.