After having to do all of the button setting and tufting twice (once with the stupidly weak upholstery thread and once with the amazing polycord) I was extremely ready to be done with the headboard project. If you remember this headboard wasn’t even something we were keeping for ourselves!
Step 1: Checking the FitYou will want to see how your tufted panel fits into the space you left in your wood frame. Hopefully you left yourself enough space and it fits in flush to the sides of your opening!
If your panel is smaller than your gap (like ours was with the 1 inch clearance on all sides) and there is space between the inner edge of your frame and your tufted panel you have some options. The gap may not bother you and you may decide to leave it. The gap bothered us a bit as we had envisioned the wood frame butting right up against the tufted panel and didn’t like the way it looked to have the frame-gap-panel. We ended up cutting an additional piece of wood and attaching it to the frame to fill the gap.
If your panel is bigger than your gap…that stinks! Unfortunately we don’t have a fix for that. If it is off by a smidge you may be able to pull your fabric/batting/foam a bit tighter and nudge it in.
Step 2: Attaching the PanelPosition your tufted panel fabric/front side down on the floor and lay your wood frame down on top of it. You will need to choose screws that are long enough to go through the plywood of your wood frame as well as part of the plywood of your tufted panel.
NOTE: Make sure that you do not get screws that are too long and go through both layers of plywood and into your foam on your tufted panel. That would probably mess-up your tufts!Take note where your buttons are and place 6-8 screws across the back in between buttons.
That’s it you now have a Wood Headboard with Tufted Panel.
Unfortunately for us we did not get to bask in the glow of the project for long. The brother was waiting for the headboard so the husband immediately began to pack it up for a trip across town. As much as I didn’t love the design of the headboard in the first place, the look grew on me and I was hesitant to give it away, after all I did risk needles to the heart and sacrificed my thumb in its creation.
We picked one of the worst days possible to transport a fabric headboard across town. After a relatively mild few months of winter a wet/snowy weather pattern decided to settle in. The husband assured me that the plastic-wrap/tarps/blankets/etc. would keep the headboard dry…
I was unable to go on the delivery run so I sent my camera with the husband and instructions on how to take one final super picture that would display how amazing the bed frame looked with the bed all made up. A picture that would make everyone want to drop what they were doing and make their own headboard...this is what I got.
Crumpled pillows, weird lighting and shadows…
Never send a man to take a picture of a “staged” bed.