A Simple Piece of Furniture That You Can Upholster at Home in a Few Hours
In a recent blog I gave you top three tips on how to choose for your upholstery project. If you’ve not had a chance to read it you can catch up here.
I recommend you choose something simple and small, that has a purpose and what you are interested in. I thought it would be useful to follow this on and suggest a simple piece of furniture that you can upholster at home in a few hours.
Why Have I Made This Suggestion?
- This furniture project requires a limited amount of upholstery tools, and there is no sewing involved.
- It is perfect if you are looking for your first upholstery project.
- It can have a big impact on how your home interior looks and feels.
- It is a practical piece of furniture that you will use every day.
Headboard for a Divan-Style Bed
Even though this is quite a large physical piece of furniture it is still a simple project to complete if you choose to finish it with pleated corners or hospital corners. You can add a statement if you choose a fabric with a large colourful pattern, or you can add a design feature to a plain fabric with shallow buttons.
A patterned fabric can have a wow impact on a room. If you have a habit of changing your mind or getting bored with colour schemes don’t choose this option. As you don’t want to be going to the cost of reupholstering because you are bored with your fabric choice.
When we moved Alfie from his nursery into his big bedroom at the age of 2 I chose a neutral colour scheme of dark grey, with colourful orange buttons to add a design feature. This was done over 5 years ago now and you can’t see any signs of wear. I’ve changed his bedroom theme twice as he’s got older but the paint colour, headboard and curtains have remained the same.
How to Upholster a Headboard
A headboard like this is usually constructed using an MDF or Ply Board wooden base. You would firstly attach the foam using spray adhesive glue, then add a layer of dacron, and then your top fabric. You can finish the corners in two ways as I mentioned above. If you want to add shallow buttons remember to drill your holes in place first. Once you’ve finished the top fabric, cover the back with black backing cloth called Dipryl and reattach your headboard to the bed frame.
Would you like to be able to add an impact to your room’s interior with a piece of furniture like a headboard, footstool or dining chair seat? Wondering where to even start or maybe you’ve had a go but the finish to your furniture isn’t as professional as you would like it to be.
Join us on our ‘Introduction to Upholstery’ workshop on Wednesday 10th May where you will learn and use the upholstery tools needed, you will be shown and practice using upholstery different upholstery materials, I will share my experience on what fabrics to choose for your projects, and you will practise ten techniques so that you can tackle projects like this confidently at home by yourself. Book a place for May 10th here.