I love the look of an upholstered French headboard. You’ll find a few of them throughout this tumblr and my Pinterest pages.
And I’d love to have something like this in Little L’s room. So pretty and feminine. And can you picture it with her headboard fabric?
I did a search a while ago for Louis style beds. I came up with some lovely options - but none within Canada, and none in my (very cheap) price range.
But last week I stumbled upon this vintage French-style bedroom suite for sale online. It came with two twin curvy headboards. Now, as much as I want to scoop up both headboards (SPOILER ALERT), this next baby is not a girl. And while I could try to play the odds that we MIGHT have another baby one day and that baby MIGHT be a girl, I do my very best not to be a gambler. Or hoarder. So I just want one headboard.
I wrote the seller asking if she’d be willing to split one headboard from the set. She had just posted the ad, so she wanted to wait it out and see if anyone was interested in buying the whole lot first (I’d do that too). But she said she’d keep my address, and if in a little while no one buys, she’ll get back to me. We agreed upon a fair price, and I crossed my fingers that I could snag one of them.
But wait. They’re not upholstered.
Karen, a lovely blog reader also loves the look of a Louis bed, and found this beautiful option at PBTeen:
But she had the same dilemma: it was the right style and shape, but no upholstery. She wrote me to ask how I might go about upholstering a bed like this. If I do end up getting that vintage headboard I’ll be sure to share a post on what I do with it this summer. For now, though, I have two theories (but no experience), and here’s what I’m thinking…
- Cut a thin piece of foam to fit just inside of the frame of the headboard (and footboard if you have one). Use spray adhesive to attach it to the headboard.
- Cut the fabric to fit just over top of the foam inside of the frame of the headboard. Attach it to the headboard with a neat row of staples just inside the frame.
- Glue welting cord on top of the staples to cover them up. (Good welting cord tutorials are here and here.)
You can see this bed from Laura Ashley has welting cord butted up against the frame:
(Photographer Rachel Whiting)
The second method is a little more hypothetical:
- Find a sturdy but thin material (maybe like the cardboard cereal boxes are made of? But maybe stronger? But you’d want to be able to cut it yourself. Hmm… now I want to go to Lowes and see what I could find.
- Cut your thin but sturdy material to the exact shape and size of the inset of your headboard.
- Cut your foam to the same shape and size of the cut-out. Use spray adhesive to attach the foam to the cut-out.
- Cut your fabric to be a couple inches bigger than your foam. Wrap it around the foam and attach it to the back of the cut-out. If your cut-out material was cardboard, staples may not work. So maybe glue the fabric to it?
- Using another glue (?) attach your upholstered cut-out to the inset of the headboard.
Now obviously this is just a theory, and would take some knowledge of the right materials. BUT it also means you could skip the welting cord, if you wanted to.
I’ll probably work with the first method.