Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Custom Headboard with Decorative Hardware

This headboard design began with a simple idea, how can you use decorative window hardware in a new way.  The inspiration for this design came from looking at decorative hardware vertically instead of the usual horizontal, over-a-window fashion.

The project began with a sketch and a consultation with Amy Johnson with Finestra Decorative Hardware .  She helped to choose an appropriate finial and suggested a 3" pole rod which was then cut in half for two "poles" that would attach to the headboard.  A slight cutout was made to the back the finials and then the rods were hand painted.  The "Tusk" finish was chosen for a lighter, more casual match to the textured, linen look material.

This headboard was build using FirmaFlex from Rowley Company .  FirmaFlex is a rigid fiber board that is light weight and easier to work with than plywood.  A frame on the back helps to reinforce the board.

Foam and Upholstery Batting were added to the three sections leaving the area for the pole rods flat.  After upholstery the pole rods were secured from the back of the headboard with wood screws.  The back was covered with lining and gimp braid to cover all staples for a neat finish.

The headboard was installed on the wall using the Headboard Cleat from Rowley Company.  Wall mounted headboards allow for easy installation and the bed can be moved for cleaning without a headboard attached to the frame.

The finished headboard is a one-of-a-kind, custom creation.  Consider incorporating decorative hardware into your bedding designs by adding finials to headboards or using medallions and pole rods for a dramatic bed drapery.

To learn how to make the headboard shown here and more join Rowley Company for the upcoming webinar "Upholstered Headboards" on April 23rd at 11:00am EST.  To register visit and click on "webinars" at the bottom of the home page.

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