Building a Curtained Headboard

Creating a Curtained Headboard with Sconces

To dress up your bedroom with a more elegant touch, you can create a curtained headboard with sconces for some intimate lighting. 

What You’ll Need:

framing squarefabric penscissorsstraight pinssewing machineneedlepencildrill with Phillips head bitfabric (ours was a cotton fabric)treadfour rod bracketstwo drapery rodstwo J-boxes (metal boxes to house electric wiring, also called pancake boxes)two electric sconcestwo electric cords with switches

How to:

1. Measure and mark your fabric:- Three lengths of fabric to the desired height of your headboard. Include an extra four to six inches to allow for a pocket rod at the top and bottom of your panels. This allowance will vary depending on the diameter of the rods.- The width of each panel should be double the finished width to create a gathered/shirred effect. Also, the center panel should be wider than the two end panels. The width of the end panels should match the placement of the sconces.

2. Cut the fabric adding a 1/2-inch to each side to allow for the seams. Fold the fabric over at the top and bottom creating a pocket for the rod to slide through.

3. Pin all the pieces together with straight pins in a vertical fashion so the machine can sew over the pins.

4. With a sewing machine, stitch all the pieces together along the backside of the fabric. Remove all pins once seems and rod pockets have been stitched.

5. Measure and mount a set of brackets to the top and bottom of the wall being covered. The top brackets should face upward and the bottom brackets downward. Mount them in opposite directions to create the tension needed so that the fabric is pulled taut.

6. Slide the three panels onto the rods and hang rods on the secured brackets.

7. Fan the fabric out, then pull the inside of the end panels back enough so that you can mark the wall where the sconces will hang. Once the wall is marked, affix a metal light box on each side.

8. Wire your sconces into the light box openings. Finish by plugging-in their cords.


This is a perfect do-it-yourself project when you have a weekend to renovate. With just a few hours, some tools, materials, and fabrics, you can give your room a completely new look with an intimate and elegant feel.



Slipcovering Flat, Rectangular Headboards

Flat, Rectangular Headboard Slipcovers

If you have a headboard that is flat and rectangular, here’s another style of slipcover that offers an easy and inexpensive change to your bedroom. 

What You Need:

two complementary fabricswhite liningWonder Under fusible tape/webbingiron

How to:

1. Measure the headboard. Double the measurements and add 1-1/2″ all around for the seam allowance. Cut the pattern out of each of the materials.

2. Insert some batting or regular lining in between the different patterns, fold the edges under and iron hems in and against the reversible fabrics with the fusible tape/webbing.

3. Finish off the remainder of the hem in the same manner except for about half way up on each outside edge. Leave about 3″, and insert ribbon from front and back in the 3″ on the edges. Do the same on the piece that falls over the back of the headboard.

4. Fuse the ribbon into place, and fuse the rest of the hem together.

Place the slipcover over headboard, and tie the ribbons together on both ends. Flip the slipcover over and tie the ribbons together again to change the look.

This style of headboard slipcover can be removed more easily, and the ribbons give you an opportunity to add a different coordinating touch. Adding a monogram can add a personal touch. 



Creating Custom Slipcovers

Create a Custom Headboard Slipcover

With the use of fabric, you can easily change the look and feel of a bedroom area by making a slipcover for your headboard. There are several different ways to make them, and if your headboard is not a simple rectangle, this is the way to do it. 

What You’ll Need:

headboard2 yards of patterned fabric2 yards of solid fabric3-1/2 yards of decorative cordsewing machinescissorsstraight pins

How to:


1. Rather than creating a template for cutting the fabric, simply roll both the printed and solid fabrics out, and then lay the headboard on top. Cut around the edge of the headboard leaving 4 to 6 extra inches for seam allowance.

2. Layer the two fabrics, right sides together, with the trim in the center. Pin all three layers together.

3. Turn the cover inside out and sew, stitching through all three layers, leaving the bottom open.

Turn the cover right side out and slip it over the headboard.

With those few materials and simple steps, you can dress up your headboard and bring a whole new feel. There are also other things you can do. Using two types of coordinating fabrics, you can make the slipcover reversible to change the room more often. You can also add a monogram for that personal touch and the use of a decorative trim gives the fabric a finished edge. If you want a softer headboard, you can use a staple gun to attach a layer of batting before adding the slipcover. 



How to Make a Duvet Cover

Having trouble finding a good quality duvet cover (a protective cover for your down comforter) that doesn’t cost as much as your comforter? Here’s an easy way to make your own.

Step 1: Measure your down comforter, width and length. It is recommended that your duvet cover be the same size as your down comforter, or smaller. A smaller duvet cover (by 2″ or 3″) assures a nice snug fit, helps keep your comforter in place and gives a fluffier look to your comforter. So, for example, if you had a down comforter that measured 90″ x 90″, the ideal finished duvet cover would measure about 88″x88″.

Step 2: You’ll need 2 lengths of any fabric you choose, at least 4″ wider and longer than you’d like your finished duvet cover to be. This assures that there will be plenty of fabric for the seams.

Step 3: If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can sew the 2 lengths together (like a very large pillow case) yourself. But since the lengths can be quite large and sort of awkward to work with (due to the size) in the average home sewing environment we recommend that you contact a local Dry Cleaner that also does tailoring. A professional seamstress is another option as well. They will likely be able to sew your duvet cover for a very reasonable cost. Our customer’s tell us to expect about $20.00 and up. This cost would be for the simplest of projects – no fancy hems, hidden and/or button closures, etc.

At some point you’ll need to decide whether you’d like a Button Closure or a Zipper Closure. It is recommended that you use a zipper closure. A nylon zipper is durable (withstands washing, etc.) and is very easy to open and close compared to buttons. Since the closure will be at the end of your duvet cover, at the foot of your bed, the zipper (or buttons) will not be easily visible. A zipper closure also takes much less time to make than a button closure – making it less expensive.

So, there you have it. A very nice and perfectly serviceable duvet cover for under $100.00!


Thrifty Chair Makeover

With an idea inspired by Country Living Magazine, you can take any old chair you find and make it something completely unique and different. All you need is some fabric, trim, paint, and other tools and that drab old chair can be turned into a new stylish home accessory. Revamping several chairs can change an entire room into a whole new living space. Changing up the chair comes in three simple steps. First, find some fabric and paint. A can of spray paint and a few yards of fabric can be used to paint the frame and reupholster the cushion for a very sophisticated effect. Then, a rub-on transfer with your monogram can be used to add that personal flair. To finish it all of, add some color-coordinating trim around the cushion with a hot-glue gun and that boring old chair will be something new to love. Remember to use safety precautions when doing this yourself, and make sure to have all of the tools you’ll need.