I have been wondering what to do with the bed in our guest bedroom for quite a while now. Well, actually I've mostly been looking for a replacement for it. But since I am as cheap as I am and haven't been able to find a drop-dead gorgeous bed for under, say $50, I recently decided to attempt giving this one a make-over. It's really not a terrible bed. It's sturdy and comfortable and it has cute little casters on the feet. But the look I am going for in this room is a little more posh than this:
Clearly something had to be done. As I was trying to decide exactly what, I remembered one of my very first DIY projects ever. Nearly five years ago now when I was a 20-year-old brand-newlywed, I covered our set of gifted plain-jane wooden dining chairs to mimic the look of some upholstered Restoration Hardware chairs I had seen. This was basically the same deal: a shabby looking open frame that needed to be covered. I had some extra upholstery fabric lying around (ordered it for the nursery but it was very "off" for that room) and in about two hours I had this:
If you can sew a straight line, you would be more than capable of doing this. Here's a very quick how-to:
*Measure the approximate size of the headboard/chair back you want to cover.
*Cut two pieces of fabric to that size, adding a few inches on each side.
*Hold the two pieces up to the headboard right sides together, with one cut of fabric on the front and one on the back of the frame. Pin the two pieces together all the way around, making sure to keep the fabric straight and to pin closely to the contours of the frame. (You may need a second set of hands for this.)
*Once the fabric is pinned nicely, remove it and sew along the pinned line.
*Hem the bottom of the slipcover
*Turn the whole thing right side out and try it on. If it needs a little tweaking, no biggie. Pin where you need to and sew some more.
*Once the fit is perfect, you're done!
And just a few tips:
*I used about four yards of fabric for the whole thing.
*If you don't want to waste pretty fabric on the backside of the headboard, you can use dropcloth or other cheap sturdy fabric.
*If at all possible, use fabric with just a little bit of stretch to it so that the slipcover will fit more snugly.
*For another way to spruce up a solid headboard, check this out.