Basement Headboard – Part 1

Sing with me:

Rug on the bed.

Rug on the bed.

Lookin like a fool with a rug on the bed!

And Simon Cowell just rolled his eyes.  You sounded good though…don’t give up.  If Paula was around, she would do a little hand waving.

General Larry Platt’s little American Idol ditty brings up a very interesting cultural question…is it ever cool to have a rug on the bed?

Because if so, then I would like to join that group of bed-ruggers.  I would fit right in.  I could be their leader.  Well, I don’t have any leadership skills…or experience…or a vision for spreading the word about our plight.  In other words…let’s just move on to making a headboard and getting that carpet off the bed.  I wasn’t cool enough anyway to start a trend.  I tried in fourth grade with the whole ‘pasty & poofy’ movement…which really did move people…away from me.

Anyhoo.  The basement bedroom needed a headboard.  About a year ago, I had this hairbrained idea that I would build a bed for our dressing room.  And then we found a perfect daybed for cheap on Craigslist.  So the partially finished daybed (let’s just call it what it is – some lumber nailed together) was sitting in our garage.  And me, being the very thrifty gal I am, convinced Jeremy to ‘modify’ the lumber so that we could make it into one queen sized headboard.

 Good thing I am decent looking bearing his child…because otherwise he might get sick of these projects.

So after a little modifications, we ended up with a structure that sortof resembled the base of a headboard. 

With my trusty staple gun, I attached some poster board (also leftover from my days of coaching little league cheerleading) to the wood so that I could have a firmer base on which my foam & batting would lie.

Then we flipped it over and attached some more to the backside. 

Using a little spray adhesive,

I attached some leftover foam (from a previous project) and stapled it into the wood.

When you staple foam into wood, it can leave a little divet.  This pucker can show through when you put the fabric on it, so I recommend pulling SOME of the foam up around it.

Just pinch on either side of the divet and work your fingers back and forth until the foam pulls up and around the staple.  Don’t pull too hard or you’ll just have a hole with the staple in the middle.

It was sort of a puzzle to figure out how we could use the foam we had on hand.  But in the end, this project was costing zero dollars and I was excited that I didn’t have to buy more materials.

Then we wrapped two layers of batting over the entire front of the foam and stapled it on the back. 
Finally, I took some $1 a yard white fabric (I used a little under three yards total) to put over the batting.

Now you might be wondering why we tackled it this way.  There are MUCH easier ways to make a headboard afterall.  But remember I am cheap.  And so far this was costing us $3.  PLUS, it was cleaning out our garage…which is priceless.  And I wanted a free standing headboard.  Since we had just paid for our walls to be finished in the basement, I really didn’t want to attach a huge headboard to the newly new surface.  It would be like getting out of plastic surgery & scheduling a touch up procedure before leaving.  And that only works for Heidi Pratt. 

(wow…is it the day of Pratt’s or what?!?)

Plus, we aren’t finished.   We have only done the undergarments for this headboard.  I still have to make a navy blue slipcover that goes over the entire thing. 

But that didn’t stop me from putting the headboard in place.

As you can see, we removed the side table and added some bedding too.  I don’t know how I feel about the red striped pillows.  I think they need to go.  It’s like WAY too stripey.  And don’t even think about commenting about our unironed sheets.  Remember…I don’t do the housework around here.

Plus, you can see that this headboard isn’t finished – you can still spy the wooden legs.  Those will be covered up with the blue slipcover…so don’t freak out on me.   Just remember…it could be worse.  It could have a rug on it. 

Then I got to playin.

I kinda wanted to see what it would look like with a blue headboard.  So I quickly colored it in.

And then I doodled in some frames above and a little wall sconce.  And I changed those red pillows. I think I will end up liking it.  We’ll see.

What do you think?

Worth three bucks?

Will the blue give me that nautical look?

Is the red, white & blue too americana for your taste?

Or maybe you are still singing Rug on the Bed?  It’s catchy.  It really is.  And I like to switch according to any situation….like Fat on the Legs, Blog on the Brain, or one of my personal favorites… Pee on my Pants. 

Hey.  I’m pregnant.  And I sneeze.  alot.



  1. Melissa says

    For me it says too americana… I don’t think that is a bad thing but I just don’t like it for home decor. I would change out the red for a different shade of blue. For nautical I like the dark blue/light blue instead of the blue/red combo. (or even a brown instead of red)

  2. Emily says

    I just pulled apart some of the cheap $5 pillows from Target to re-stuff our dog bed and I didn’t realize that it’s actually rolled up inside there to make the flat pillow. You can unroll it into pretty decent size “sheets” of batting. It would work perfect for this kind of project.

  3. says

    It was very interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

    Best wishes

  4. ab says

    Looks great! Quick question- how often do you post new posts? I feel like I check back for days and nothing new has been posted. Love your blog, just wish the posts were on more of a continuous basis.

    • says

      Dear ab,
      I used to post regularly everyday but since I am going through a transitional period, my posts are a little touch & go. In short, I wish the posts were on a more continuous basis too…but since I am just like everybody else out there (ya know, I have a life beyond bloggin), posting at a certain time every day is just not possible. Thanks for understanding…I promise a new post soon :)
      XO – Katie

  5. Erin says

    I too LOVE slightly coastal/nautical but have to be really careful not to fall into Americana so I feel your pain! I think so far so good here!! I like the navy pillows and I think adding those frames above the bed in that very clean linear fashion keeps everything simple and classic and updated! I did have a thought about pillows, etc… I am sure you have seen all of the great burlap printed pillows out there… what about finding some vintage sketches of blue whales or crabs and creating an iron on transfer pillow to add to the bed.. might lend to the more soft coastal rather than americana but not themey all at the same time!

  6. tellerallaboutit says

    Hiya, Katie!

    I can’t wait for you to do the follow-up to this post! The hubs and I are thinking of doing an upholstered headboard and I like how yours isn’t something that just hangs on the wall (seems a little too flimsy that way).

    Hope you’re enjoying baby Will!!!


  7. Cheryl Robinson says

    Hi Katie, I’m trying to figure out how to post on blogs, and since I don’t want to look like an idiot to strangers, I’ve chosen the children of friends to look like an idiot.

    Thanks and I hope this works.

  8. says

    Hello all,

    This is a joke that I find amusing everytime I read:

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    The man tried hard to change the bird’s attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything that came to mind.
    Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird, the bird got worse. He went to a voodoo spell caster to cast a [url=]love spell[/url] on it, with no luck.
    He shook the bird and the bird got more angry and exceedingly rude.
    Finally, in a moment of desperation, he put the parrot in the freezer.
    For a few moments he heard the bird squawking, kicking and screaming and then, suddenly, all was quiet.
    The man was frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto the man’s extended arm and said: “I’m sorry that I offended you with my language and actions. I ask for your forgiveness. I will try to improve my behavior.”
    The man was astounded at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what changed him when the parrot continued, “…May I ask what the chicken did?”

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