Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sneaky Cheater's No-Sew Upholstered Headboard

Are you as lazy as I am?  Are you a total fraud when it comes to crafty decorating?  Would you rather listen to 1,000 vuvuzelas playing an off-key rendition of Paula Abdul's Straight Up than thread a needle or a fire up a sewing machine?  Then boy, have I got a home decor tip for you!

Here's my bedroom before.  No headboard at all.

Five minutes later...

That right there is a super poofy, lean-back-and-relax-upon-it, fully upholstered headboard.  How'd I do it, you ask?

Well, 'tis a funny story.  I have this husband, see, who built me a set of amazing couches.  Southwest style, solid wood, coolest cutout they are in progress.

We had cushions custom made for them - seat bottom cushions AND seat back cushions.  But when we put it all together, the seat back cushions made the couches look too formal.  We decided we liked them better with a random mix of throw pillows for the back:

Which left me with four of these perfectly good seat back cushions.

So I tucked two of them between my bed and the wall.  How easy was that?

They're supported on the edge of my wooden bed platform.  But even if you have a traditional bedframe, I bet it'd be pretty simple to rig up a skinny platform to tuck up against the wall.  Maybe a 2x6 or a strip of plywood, placed across a couple of concrete blocks?

I know, I know, it's a dirty rotten cheat.  I am so ashamed...

But I do so love my cushy new headboard!   Anyone else out there shameless enough to try it?  Maybe you'll keep it in mind, next time the opportunity to rescue some couch cushions comes your way.   


  1. genius- and btw, the couches are beautiful too.

  2. old trick Mich, very old trick :D

    1. No doubt. There is nothing new under the sun. However, even the oldest trick is new to someone.

  3. old or's works...and that worth to show off and remind those to waste so much effort and times to try something 'new' but not useful!

  4. how perfect it is.. simply nice! and this is what you were telling me about.. your husband..good to see His skills in carpentering! very well.. and you are really Lucky to have a skilled man at home :) stay blessed!

  5. I need to do that. My bed looks like your "before" picture, minus the being made part.