I have been trying to do this post for a while but its such a huge post that it took forever getting all the images ready and sorted (plus I was lazy do sort them all 🙂 ), but today is the day I will show you how to make your own Wing Headboard!
Disclaimer first….. Although I am a trained Interior Designer, I am however a self-taught upholsterer, so this is MY way of making a Wing Headboard ok? I am sure there are many more ways and a trained upholsterer in the furniture industry will probably roll his/her eyes but this blog is for DIY people like me. There…. disclaimer out-of-the-way so let’s get on with the tutorial, but be warned it’s a LONG post! (I also apologise for some of the poor photos….the phone is not a great blog camera I know!)
The headboard size is up to you, but make sure it has plenty of clearance on the sides. Add about 80mm each side to accommodate the foam and bedding. My headboard is a kingsize so for the width, I wanted a higher than my standard 900mm and I decided 1200mm would suit this style and width better.
The wings go down to the floor, so add the mattress and base height to your headboard height. I just drew the wing pattern free hand and made sure it was not to wide and obtrusive between the bed and bedside table. You will need a block of wood the length of the headboard (2×4) to attach the wings to the back of the headboard.
Before you start the upholstery part, secure and make sure all the holes are pre-drilled that when the finished wings go back on, it will be without a hitch.
The shape on top of my headboard was determined by this gorgeous antique pediment I found in a Fremantle antique shop one day. It probably came off an armoires but for $20 I just could not resist. I painted it off-white to match my other furniture.
Cut your foam to size and make sure for a large headboard like this, its at least 100mm thick.
To get the rounded look on the outsides of a headboard, you need to roll and turn the foam towards the inside of the headboard to make the rounded edge and staple it down well. The foam will be under lots of stress so make sure to use at least 12mm staples, and lots of them! 😉
Cover the foam and wood with wadding and then add the fabric as I explained in this previous post. Follow the rules with getting the fabric evenly taught to avoid unsightly bubbles and dents. That is all to be done for the back of the headboard. Easy peasy. The wings require a little more skill and patience though.
To shape the edge of the wing headboard, you will place a strip of foam along the edge and roll/fold the same way as the back of the headboard to create the bulge. Make sure you cut the foam wide enough to accommodate both sides to bulge and make that gorgeous roll. 80mm each side would be enough.
Staple again with long staples close together to force the foam in place.
For the inside of the wing headboard, you will only need 1 inch (25mm) and half-inch foam. Staple with a little gap between the roll and middle, and add the half-inch on top of the first layer to make a nice rounded inner wing. Stay away from the straight edge where you will fasten the wings on the back of the wing headboard. I have marked it so I have a clear indication of the wood securing the 2 sides together.
Wrap the inside of the wings again with wadding as shown below. The rolled edge continues to the bottom because you will see this part from the front. The rest of the wing headboard “leg” will only get a layer of wadding as it will be on the inside of the mattress.
Do the same step now with the main fabric. Inside first. The outside of the wing on this wing headboard will be dealt with soon.
When you do the top of the wing, gather the fabric either by hand if you are confident enough, or loosely sew with a needle and thread to gather the excess fabric and staple around the edge. The middle part on the outside gets two layers of wadding.
You are now ready to cover the outside of the wings of this wing headboard. Simply copy the wing pattern and allow extra for tucking in on the sides and enough to wrap around the back after the 2 sides are put together. (I added about 120mm extra)
Fold the edge inside to hide the fraying and give a neat and tailored edge.
For the fabric to stretch around the inside curve, make small cut-ins to allow for this to happen.
Once done, you can trim with what ever you want; – like piping, decorative cord or like I did, strip studs.
I opted to go all the way down to the floor just because I am OCD like that but you don’t have to, seeing that most beds will be next to some sort of bedside cabinet. Honestly, just do it right the first time ok?! 🙂
Your wings can now be secured back onto the 2×4 wood plank on the back part of the wing headboard, and this is done before the fabric is tacked on the back.
Tighten the fabric, staple it around the back of the headboard and continue down on the wing “legs”.
If you are not doing a top trim/decorative pediment like me, then skip this part.
I had to make little holes for the existing pegs on the carved wood piece to fit on the top of the wing headboard.
The “crown” bit was fastened on a piece of pine plywood for extra strength.
The top can be tapped into place by using an off-cuts piece of foam and hammer to prevent damage to the painted surface. (I finished it with a little silver paste and distressed the piece to match my other furniture)
Secured with screws on the back, I could now cover the back of the wing headboard with cotton or spun-bond fabric.
Add extra support to secure on the base of your bed if it is a big and wide headboard, because the wing “legs” is surely not strong enough on their own to support the wing headboard.
For added smooth operations on my wooden floor, a little felt-covered furniture slider is a great help and keep your floors pretty and scratch-less!
Secure the back of the wing headboard to the base. (excuse the grain on the pic, it was very dark behind the bed and very late 😉 )
Oh what a beauty…..
Stately and fit for a queen…..AHEM….that be me ..haha
I finished the top with a piping trim to give it a little more tailored look where the wood crown piece meets the wing headboard.
I love my French inspired bedroom and my gorgeous Wing Headboard!
I know the skill level needed for this project is a little higher than my usual tutorials but I hope it has inspired you to give it a go!
Till next time