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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Part 1: How to build Raleigh Headboard Frame

Ok, so long awaited, I have finally created  "How To"  build the Raleigh Headboard.  This Wingback upholstered headboard was inspired by Pottery Barn.  The bed cost is $799 in store.  I decided to see if we could make our own, customizing to size we wanted and the fabrics of our choice.  We were able to create this for only a fraction of the cost of original bed.  I think it turned out beautifully.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and are inspired to try to create your own headboard soon.

  I have decided to break up the "How To" into two parts.  There were so many steps and photos, I felt it may be overwhelming to read it all at once.  So here is Part one! 
I Dream of Jeanne Designs, Upholstered Headboard.
 

MATERIAL LIST to build frame:
 
2 sets of hands!
 
2 sheets of cabinet grade 3/4" plywood
 
Drill/Screws(2" screws)
 
Measuring Tape
 
Belt sander or hand sander
 
Jigsaw or circular saw
 
 
 
STEP 1:
 
Measure the size needed for headboard.
  We measured in the beds future room, from the floor up to the highest point we wanted the bed to reach.  We also measured the width of the bedframe holding the mattress.  The mattress and bed frame would "fit" inside of the winged headboard. We were building  a kingsize headboard, and wanted the bed to be 5ft.  at its tallest point. 
We then marked the plywood for our width and used the jigsaw ( a circular saw would be a better choice, but we used what we had in hand) to cut to size. We knew we had to add legs to the bottom of the piece to add enough height for our 5 ft. 
 
 
STEP 2:
 
Making the rounded top.  To recreate a natural curve, we used a scrap piece of trim and bent to get the right curve for us to trace.  We traced onto cardboard and then cut out the stencil to trace to our plywood.
Then we cut the rounded top with the jigsaw.
 



 
Step 3:
 
Creating the "wings" for the wingback look.
For this part,  again we wanted to create a natural curve, so we bent a piece of scrap toekick(from under the cabinetry) in the garage to trace around.  We needed these wings to also be the side  legs.  We measured along the length of the 8 foot board, to create two 5 foot tall side pieces.  The "wings" will attach to the top of the bed as well as go all the way to the floor.
 


 
STEP 4:
 
Next, we sanded all the jagged edges, using a belt sander.  We wanted all smooth surfaces, not  to snag or rip our foam and fabric.
 
 
STEP 5:
 
We attached the wings to the side of the headboard using a drill bit to sink the hole and then drilling screws in to place to create a sturdy piece of furniture.
 



My little "helper".
 
Have I mentioned how cold it is while we are doing this project, we have space heater on in the garage and we are bundled in coats!! 
  
STEP 6:
 
Now that the wings are attached, we needed to build a bit more support to hold up the entire very heavy headboard.  So we cut 2 more pieces of plywood to add the bottom of the bed, we created an "L" shaped leg on each side like this, again attaching using screws:
 
 
Now, your headboard frame is complete. Next, is the fun part: Upholstery!  Stay tuned, I will share Part 2, tomorrow!! Thanks for reading!
 
READ PART 2 HERE:
 
 
Jeanne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

  1. Love it! I'm gonna follow you on bloglovin' so I don't miss part 2! Little Bit

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    1. Thanks so much for your bloglove!!! I just posted part 2 today!! So check it out! Thanks again for reading!!
      Jeanne

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  2. Can't wait to see part 2! It looks amazing so far. :)

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  3. Thank you so much! I have just posted part two today!! Please check it out!!
    Jeanne

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  4. Genius! This is seriously gorgeous and I love that you did it on a small budget! New follower from Shades of Blue!

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    1. Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for loving it! I really do too! I just am so happy every time I walk into my bedroom! I am so excited you have decided to follow me...Thanks. Be sure to check back for my complete remodel reveal soon!
      Have a fantastic Friday!
      Jeanne

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  5. This is so awesome! You've captured great step by step instructions; I can't wait to see the next post. I'd be so pleased if you linked this project at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. http://www.ajennuinelife.com/2013/04/thrifty-to-nifty-thursday-17.html

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely link up to your Thrifty Nifty Thursday Party. Thank you for the invite!
      Jeanne

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  6. THis has been added to my wish list!. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from LivingWellSpendingLess.
    Have a great weekend, Jen

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    1. Thanks for letting me share on your link party!
      Jeanne

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  7. I love this! Great idea and very attractive.

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  8. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing this at my blog party last week. I can't wait to check out Part 2!

    XO
    Angie

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  9. Fab tutorial!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on bedrooms this week, Alice x

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  10. I absolutely love this, thanks for posting and showing how to do this!!

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