So I've been in New York for about three weeks now and I am slowly working on project after project to make the apartment feel decorated and appear furnished by an adult. Ha. To me, New York totally has this college-esque feel because everyone is always up late working, running around, and just doing stuff. This college-for-adults feeling is further accentuated by the fact that we have the most hodge-podge assortment of decor and furniture in our apartment. (Or lack of furniture.) Sometimes it feels like we are just a bunch of college kids hanging stuff on the wall. ;)
Now in my home in Indiana, I probably have enough decor and furniture to furnish a small house, but there's only so many things that can fit in a cargo van with a mattress to drive across the country. :) So I've been brainstorming little things to make our little home feel as cozy and warm as we possibly can make it. This headboard for my bedroom was definitely at the top of my list of things that make a place feel like a home.
So because we don't really want to paint the walls due to the fact that we'll just have to paint them again, we've been trying to do alternative things to make our rooms feel less sterile and all white-like. :) Before I added the headboard, it kind of felt like the bed was just floating in the room. So impermanent and collegiate. Blech.
Much better. And all done without any power tools or legit workshop items. (I need a drillllll out here!) ;)
So if you don't have a saw or anything to cut a nice headboard out of wood, here's what you can do. Go make friends with construction workers on 5th Avenue. It is easy to make friends with said construction workers if you wave at them each morning when you run. The whole making-friends-and-being-remembered thing is also a lot easier if your roommate trips on the sidewalk and falls in front of said construction workers. ;) Then, when you need a really sturdy piece of cardboard, they're the fellas to help you. #TrueStory
When you have a big piece of cardboard, the first thing you need to do is cut it to the width of your bed. I actually doubled up the cardboard just so it would be more sturdy. Then tape it all off so that it is a big chunk.
Once you have a big piece of cardboard, you can start drawing out the shape of headboard you want. This was a lot of guessing and checking for me. I modeled my headboard off of this headboard shape.
One thing that I found really helpful when I was drawing out the pattern for the headboard was to make a pattern from one side of the headboard and then flipping it to the other side of the cardboard so that everything is even.
Once you've drawn a shape you like, just take the box cutters and go at the cardboard. This part of the process takes a while, but when you don't have wood or a saw, you gotta do what you gotta do. :)
After you've cut out your headboard, take your tape and start taping down the fabric onto the cardboard. When you start taping around the curved parts of the headboard, you can make little snips into the fabric to get it to curve around the headboard.
If I wanted this headboard to be more permanent, I would have glued the fabric, but I'll want to use this fabric again someday in another project when I have an actual headboard from a furniture store. ;) #FutureDreams Heh.
When you're taping down the fabric onto the cardboard, I definitely recommend covering the front with little tape loops and then flipping the headboard over and completely taping every edge of fabric onto the back of the headboard so everything is taut and slick-looking.
To hang the headboard behind the bed, I played with a lot of ideas but I ended up just hammering two tacks into the fabric and cardboard into the wall. You wouldn't believe how secure that headboard is. It's not going anywhere.
Now I need to figure out what to put over the headboard as decoration. I love mixing different prints, patterns and textures. I think I am going to go with some punchy florals with this damask print. I think it will just make all of the non-matching stuff come together. :)
New York Project #1: check. :)