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How to replace a headboard for FREE

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Replacing a headboard for free with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Beloved and I LOVE our Super King bed. Not only is it really comfy, it's so fabulously large it's like sleeping on a football pitch.

"Hellloooo over there!"


"Hellloooo over there!"

We love our bed so much, that some might think it's the most important piece of furniture in the house. Let's just say that when we were re-locating from Kent to Staffordshire, we immediately discounted any property whose master bedroom would not comfortably accommodate its 6½ft by 6½ft footprint!

There was never any question that we might consider replacing it.

No Sir-eee.

Not even if we'd found our forever home!

But as much as we love our bed, I can't say we've ever really liked our headboard.

Headboard makeover - BEFORE with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk


When choosing our bed, our main priority was buying the best mattress we could afford, which left our headboard options limited. It was the best we could do at the time and I've longed to change it ever since.

OneandSeventy's recent Master Bedroom makeover was the ideal time to look at replacing it, but have you SEEN the price of Super King headboards?!

Uh uh! I don't think so!

Enter all those fabulous bloggers who've gone before me. Thanks to them, I felt confident about creating something myself, for a fraction of the price of a manufactured replacement.

Did I say a fraction? How about NO price at all?

That's right… Zip, nada, nothing!

I replaced that hideous headboard without spending ANY PENNIES WHATSOEVER!


Headboard makeover - BEFORE with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk


Headboard makeover - AFTER with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

I simply re-upholstered the headboard using curtain material kindly donated by my Dolphin in a Box friend and I already had the staples and staple gun on hand.


First, I cut out some fabric and centred the pattern on the headboard, then I got to work with the staple gun.

The first staple went in the middle and I worked outwards from there, stapling at roughly 10cm intervals along each of the long ends, pulling the fabric taught as I went (but not too much as to move the patten off-centre).

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Once I was happy with the placement, I went back and stapled in between the gaps to ensure a nice taught finish, before cutting off all the excess fabric.

Even though no-one will see the back, I also folded in the raw edges.

Not that I'm OCD or anything.

But it does look better, right?

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

As it happens, that little bit of neat-freakishness came in handy when a week after installation, I had to cover the staples with gaffer tape to stop them digging into my nice new wall.

See? There IS a method in my madness!

When it came to the corners, I kinda winged it, starting off with "hospital bed" folds.

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

I then gathered the material so it was tight around the corners, stapling down the folds as I went.

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

And then finished by stapling along the short ends.

Re-upholstering a Headboard with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

Look, it's never going to be the most professional of makeovers (Translation: I had cover it twice when, after the first attempt, I could still make out the brown panels beneath).

Headboard Makeover - FIRST ATTEMPT with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

And let's not speak of the gaffer tape...

But despite those minor issues, I really quite like the finished result.

Headboard Makeover - AFTER with www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk

It looks great against the Gentle Fawn walls and I reckon it just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune to do a little updating.

All you need is a little time, patience and a staple gun.

And perhaps a nice friend who wants to give you some material.

What do you think?

There's loads of material left over, with which I had planned to make a little matching cushion. However, Beloved has told me in no uncertain terms that if any more cushions appear on the bed, they'll end up in the bin.

Even a little one.


A hui hou


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