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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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This project was featured in an episode of our DIY show Knock It Off.
To watch this episode online, click HERE.
Vaulted ceilings can be a real bear when you’re trying to decorate a space…should you hang something high or at regular height? How can you fill a huge space without spending a fortune? We came up with a great solution by layering headboards- making one really big neutral-colored headboard as the backdrop (actually ours was 8 feet by 8 feet!) and then one smaller queen-sized headboard with fun fabric. We found a way to create these upholstered headboards using some unusual materials that kept it right where we needed it…below budget! However, if you’re not concerned with keeping the price as low as possible, definitely go the traditional route with foam padding and batting! Trust us on this one. 😉


Decide on the dimensions of your headboard. The standard width for a queen mattress is at least 60 inches, so plan on making the width of your headboard at least that wide. The height really depends on your preference and the space you want to fill. We had a giant wall to fill….just take a look at this before picture!


Gather your materials. We could have purchased plywood, foam and batting, but those items would have cost us too much for our small budget, so we decided to use foam insulation panels and carpet batting from the Lowes! We found that while using these unusual materials helped with our budget, it made the process a lot more difficult! You’ll use the same method either way, but it will go a lot faster. You’ll also need fabric of your choice. Our funky colorful fabric came from Ikea.


Cut the insulation panels using a utility knife to the size that you want. Do the same with the carpet batting but allow for a few extra inches so that it can easily wrap around the insulation board. Lay the insulation board onto the carpet padding. Beginning at one corner, fold carpet padding in towards the center of the board and staple into place using a  heavy duty staple gun.  Continue wrapping, pulling tight, and stapling as you work your way around the board.  We found the stapling at an angle helped the staples “grab” the insulation better.
Lay the batting-wrapped insulation board squarely on top of your fabric, making sure that the pattern is aligned correctly. Use the same method as with the batting and staple fabric all the way around the board. About half-way through, lift the board up to make sure your fabric is still aligned correctly. Make any necessary adjustments and continue. (And yes, I like to work barefoot. ;))
You can hang your headboard a bunch of different ways, but we decided to screw them right into the studs. You could hardly even see the screws because of the busy pattern on our headboard. However, you could do a french cleat, or build legs that will attach directly to your bed frame. 
We love the way this came out…and of course, how cheap it was to make!


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the projects in this fun and colorful bedroom makeover here.


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