Friday, May 23, 2014

This is a REPOST of How to Build a Wingback Upholstered Headboard (Pottery Barn Style)


Today, I decided to repost a Tutorial I shared about 1 1/2 years ago with you… How to Make  a Raleigh Headboard.  Which is the Upholstered Wingback Headboard by Pottery Barn.  So, obviously this is a knockoff, but the cost was much less and I ended up with a custom piece for my master bedroom.   I am so happy with this project and the results.   I learned a lot from this experience and decided at this point,I must do more upholstery.  I have since learned more skills of the trade, including classes and having an upholstery tutor, but what I share here worked great!  Ametuer maybe??  But none the less, I wanted to share how I did it!  So here goes:

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


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. 


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.


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.


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!! 

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!




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