With the economy in recession, many people are looking for ways to cut down on spending. Many people have found ways to save money by searching grocery ads, clipping coupons and planning meals before they shop. Budgets have been cut by shopping for clothes on sale days and not impulse shopping. Many are learning ways to save on gas. Some have even resorted to giving up cable television, but one place you should never scrimp is on your mattress. Even so, many people have resorted to bed shopping at discount stores where they sell last year’s model at a bargain price. With this option, you generally only get a mattress, box-spring and frame.
Upgrading your bed from a queen to a king on a budget doesn’t mean you have to give up style. One of the best ways to compliment a bare mattress is to build a wall mounted headboard. With a small amount of creativity and a minimal amount of cash, you can build a stylish hanging headboard to match any bedroom décor. We’re going to build a hanging three panel headboard with changeable panels. Here’s how:
First, you need to determine the width of your bed. A standard king size mattress is 76 inches wide. If you’re building for a queen size mattress, the width is 60 inches. We’ll start by building the frame. I recommend using 1×6 boards for the frame. For a sleek modern feel you can frame cut the pieces on a 45 degree angle, however, I recommend going for a more rustic, home feel for your headboard. For this look, you simply need to cut the pieces off straight, having the top and bottom pieces extend all the way to the edge and having the side pieces fit between. Your side pieces should be 19 inches tall for a king size hanging headboard. This will make the height of the frame 31 inches. For this design, you will need to cut two 1×6 boards to 76 inches and four 1×6 boards to 19 inches.
Next, you need a back for your headboard. Well make this from half inch plywood. Cut a rectangle piece to the same measurements of the frame (76 inches by 31 inches). You’ll want to mount your frame boards to the backboard with 1-1/2 inch wood screws from the back. Putting the screws in from the back of the backboard will keep the headboard looking clean. Screw the top and bottom pieces into place and then place the side pieces at the side edges. Once they are secure, take the other two 19 inch pieces and distribute them evenly in the middle, creating 3 square holes approximately 19×19 inches in size. This is where your panels will be placed. Now that the frame is secured to the back with screws, the headboard can be painted or stained to match your existing bedroom furniture. Once the color has set, mount frame hangers to the back of the headboard on each end. Once in place, measure the distance between the frame hangers and mark the proper spots on your wall. Now put screw anchors in the wall at these points. Hang the headboard on the screws.
Now we are ready to start building our panels. Each panel should be cut to fit the 19×19 inch holes that are now framed in for them. Use ½ inch thick paneling for the panels. Here is where you get to be really creative. We are going to cut foam to fit the panel and then cover it with a fabric of your choice. You can color coordinate with the drapes and bed spread, you can create seasonal panels, you can even make holiday panels. Your only limitations are your imagination and of course your local fabric store. Cut one inch thick foam to fit to the edges of the 19×19 inch panel and place it on the panel. Cut your fabric to 23×23 inches. Now stretch your fabric across the panel and staple it to the back. Create three panels in this manner. With the fabric and foam attached, your panels should be a nice snug fit for your hanging headboard frame. Push each of the three into the three places on the frame. Now step back and admire the beautiful new hanging headboard you have created.
When you are ready to change out your panels of your hanging headboard for a different look, you can re-cover your original panels or you can build extra sets. You can build a set for every occasion and change them as often as you like!