Tuesday, November 29, 2011

King Size Headboard Plans - Part III

Now onto the third portion of the King Size, 3-Panel Upholstered Headboard plans.

If you missed the beginning of the project, see this part I and part II for previous instructions.


Plans for King Size, 3-Pannel Upholstered Headboard
Overall Dimensions 78”x36”x3/4” (2 ½” including upholstered sections)

Required Material (Repeated):
·         1 -  4’x8’ sheet of  1/4” birch plywood.  You could use any type of plywood, but using birch, Baltic birch, or other hardwood plywood will provide a much more stable media (it won’t warp over time)
·         8 board feet of ¾” hardwood, I used Ash (this mean that you usually have to purchase 4/4 hardwood which ends up being about ¾”)
·         12 square feet of 2” foam
·         15 square feet of batting
·         100  -  3/8” staples
·         15 square feet of upholstery
·         80 grit, 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
·         Spray on Foam Adhesive
·         12  -  1” wood screws
·         2  -  French Cleat Picture Hangers (200 lb capacity, work like a charm)
 
                 1.       Attach upholstered panels to frame

a.       Center the upholstered panel over the backing panel (with your ¼” allowance the panels should fit snuggly)
Don't the panel corners look so smooth :)
b.      From the back, place a screw in each of the corners, about 2” in (you could put more than 4 in, but you probably don’t need it)

 Now take it and set it on your bed to admire your handy work-
 And possibly a cute widget that came with the new headboard.
 And in a Christmas shirt no less...pics taken in October.

                 2.       Hang headboard on the wall
a.       Follow the instructions on the picture hangers 



What's left over on the floor after prepping the Headboard for hanging :) Not everything is super clean and pretty around here!
Attaching the hangers on the Headboard (following the instructions on the package)


Attach the hangers on the wall (following the instructions on the package)


                   b.      Hang up headboard


                 3.       You’re done!

Want more?
Part I: construction of the wood frame
Part II: instruction on the leather upholstered inserts


Thanks for reading Apples By Ashley {How Do You Like Them Apples?}

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Extended

Hope your Thanksgiving Weekend was a blast! Did you do any crazy Black Friday shopping? I actually did go to a few stores on Friday, but later in the day when things weren't so crazy...and I didn't buy anything-I know, I'm kinda crazy :)

Just wanted to drop a line to remind you that Cyber Monday is still happening on Etsy - a few special shops' sales can be seen in this post.

Also, I'm extending my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at zlilly.etsy.com until December 1, 2011.
Take 30% off your entire purchase (does not include shipping) by using code CYBERMONAP at checkout.

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King Size Headboard Plans - Part II

Now onto the second portion of the King Size, 3-Panel Upholstered Headboard plans.
If you missed the first post, see Part I. here.



Overall Dimensions 78”x36”x3/4” (2 ½” including upholstered sections) for a king size headboard


Experience Level: Intermediate

Project sketch: (king size)
 
Required Material (Repeated):
·         1 -  4’x8’ sheet of  1/4” birch plywood.  You could use any type of plywood, but using birch, Baltic birch, or other hardwood plywood will provide a much more stable media (it won’t warp over time)
·         8 board feet of ¾” hardwood, I used Ash (this mean that you usually have to purchase 4/4 hardwood which ends up being about ¾”)
·         12 square feet of 2” foam
·         15 square feet of batting
·         100  -  3/8” staples
·         15 square feet of upholstery (we used leather)
·         80 grit, 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
·         Spray on Foam Adhesive
·         12  -  1” wood screws
·         2  -  French Cleat Picture Hangers (200 lb capacity, work like a charm)


 
                 1.       Prepare upholstery panels
a.       Use an 1/8” roundover bit in your router to take the sharp edge off of your plywood panels (this ensures that the edges are smooth and you won’t see a line from the front after the upholstery is in place)


b.      Using the panel as a guide, cut out the 2” foam
c.       Using the spray adhesive, adhere the foam to the front of the plywood panel (follow the instructions on the spray adhesive you are using-all are slightly different)
d.      Trim the long edges off of the foam using a sharp knife or electric knife (this will help you to have smooth, rounded edges) Make cuts about even/equal; does not need to be absolutely perfect :)

e.      Cut out upholstery and batting 2”-3” larger on each side to allow for working room (you will want to use the overlap to pull 'fabric' taut as you staple-keeping your panel looking smooth)

                2.       Upholster x 3 (or however many panels you are making)
a.       Place the upholstery face down on your working surface-like the living room floor
b.      Place the batting on top of the upholstery
c.       Place the panel (foam side down) centered on the batting/upholstery (remember your 2"-3" overlap on each side)
d.      Wrap the upholstery and batting around to the back of the panel on one of the long sides and put a few staples in, to hold it in place
Widget showing you the staples straight out of the box.
 e.      Wrap the other long side around to the back of the panel (opposite the first side) and pull it tight before placing a few staples in the middle to hold it in place
f.        Repeat steps d and e with the short sides-leave the corners for the very end.

g.       The corners can be tricky, so I’ll let you look up a youtube video to help explain it, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdE3mzzve8E (although she is working with a type of thinner home decor fabric, not leather). The key is that you pull the upholstery very tight the whole time-especially with leather.

All three panels lined up against the hardwood frame.

                 Side Note: We let our panels sit for a few days (after upholstering) and then took out all the staples and re-stretched the leather and stapled everything again. This helped for two reasons: our first try at corners was horrific (too much leather to sit down in the frame) and it was the first time our leather had been stretched so it had relaxed considerably in a few days, becoming a bit slack. Re-stretching the leather helped our panels look taut and smooth, and fit into the frame better.
Thanks for reading Apples By Ashley {How Do U Like Them Apples?}
Part III will explain panel attachment and hanging your headboard on the wall.


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