Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Headboard of Rigid Foam Insulation

My guest room is a work in progress.  I'm going for a pale ethereal look.

I re-upholstered a head board I had done previously with pale blue ticking. OK, I was lazy and first put the new fabric over the old, dark one, then I had to take it apart and re-do because you could see the old fabric through the new.

A lot of people make headboards with plywood and foam ... I used rigid insulation.   It comes in 4x8 sheets and is extremely light. It's about 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick, so gives you the same look. You can cut to whatever size you want with a knife. Actually, the 4x8 piece would not fit in my trunk and the young man who was helping me at Home Depot said they only cut wood and couldn't help me with the size, so I took a house key to it in the Home Depot parking lot and roughly cut the piece to size, so it would fit in. You get a lot of those little foam beads flying around, but it enabled me to get it home; and I left all the cut off pieces in the HD garbage.

I covered the insulation with batting, and then upholstery using a glue gun because you obviously can't attach staples or nails into foam insulation.   Then because the back was looking a little ragged, I duct taped down all the edges so it would be smooth to hang on the wall.   WHAT? doesn't everyone use duct tape?  I wasn't bloggin at the time or I would have taken pictures!

I then attached the headboard to the wall with velcro. The foam insulation is very light so that is all the support it needs.  In fact as a bit of a disclaimer ... one thing you should know is that when I took the first headboard down to recover it, the velcro practically ripped the wall down. It was a good thing I was was going to paint anyway. I just spackled the tears, primed, painted and stuck the recovered headboard up with new velcro and good as new.

It is a great way to  make a headboard that doesn't weigh a lot, and you don't have to look for wall studs to hang it on.  Easily a one person job.


  1. There's nothing like a resourceful woman! Love the bedhead - clever idea. Leigh

  2. I love when people find alternative uses for hardware store finds. Sometimes I just wander around Bunnings (hardware store) and wait for inspiration...don't ask me why but I especially like the plumbing department! There are so many interesting bits and pieces just waiting to be used in new and exciting ways. Well done with your headboard, it looks fabulous!

  3. Cool, cool! Good idea - and I love your approach to doing this project. It doesn't have to difficult, does it?

  4. Good idea to use the foam as the headboard! Much lighter and easier to deal with. :)


    Thanks for posting this project.
    Gotta love that duct tape!


  6. OH very nice!! I wanted to make an upholstered headboard...then I changed my mind and am working on revamping a yard sale find instead...who knows if it will work out but this seems like an easy way to do an upholstered one! Thanks for sharing!

  7. thanks so much. i was trying to figure out how to attach it to the wall. velcro is genius.

  8. 3M now has the new velcro hangers that work with their easy release line of hooks. You would needs quite a few of them, but then the wall damage would be minimal, if any at all.

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