My dad is a Jack-of-all-trades, and like him, I am restless without a project. Because we share this need to create, I wanted to create something with him, to learn from him, to craft an heirloom that would forever remind me of him and his talents.
So when Amazon Prime Day hit, I bought a mattress.
I didn't buy a queen to replace our old mattress. I upgraded to a king.
That left us without a bed.
I'd been dreaming of giant tufted headboards since the hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon, but they just weren't in the budget. (They can easily break four figures.)
But I did have a trailer full of salvaged lumber, a sheet of pegboard, a fistful of coupons to Joann Fabrics, a ton of ambition, and a sweet, patient dad.
So I decided to make my own bed.
We did it in two parts: the headboard (the giant tufted masterpiece of my dreams) and the frame. Here's how we did it:
First, the headboard:
I used a two-inch thick memory foam pad instead of upholstery foam to save on costs. I covered this with a layer of quilt batting, and I covered that with enough upholstery fabric to leave a foot of excess on each side of the headboard. (My piece of fabric measured 6X9 feet. I had to sew about a foot of fabric onto the bottom to make sure I would have enough to wrap around because I could only find fabric that was 60 inches wide.)
So, what's a French cleat? Click here to learn more. They are great! (My dad made mine for me.)
At last, the bed:
Ta-Dah! The bed of my dreams:
Thanks, Dad, for all your help. This literally would not have been possible without you. I learned so much and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. Thank you for working for the low, low price of love, hugs, and chocolate chip cookies. I love you, and this is an experience I'll never forget.
Kirstyn Wegner loves chandeliers, mirrors, stained glass, dinner parties, the color green, unicorns, reading and writing, her sweet husband, and her daughter.