Small Changes: Upholstering our steel bed


This is our bed. We bought it eleven years ago (wow!). At the time, my husband and I saw ourselves eventually living in a loft space, with cool industrial furnishings. We’d also moved a lot in the previous years, I think we were averaging about once a year at that point. We wanted something that would hold up to all the moving and fit in with our eventual industrial space. Ironically, just after we bought this bed we found out we were expecting our first child and a year after she was born we bought our current bungalow and haven’t moved since. Life.

Those of you that have been paying attention may be confused at this point. Because the bed above does not look at all like our bed. And yet, our bed is the Parson’s bed, pictured above, from Room and Board. After eleven years, though, I was a little tired of the design. However, just as we had intended, there was absolutely NO wear on this bed. Despite moves, endless kids jumping on it, etc. No excuse what so ever to justify replacing it. What’s a girl to do? One day it occurred to me that I might be able to create an upholstered headboard. I was tired of my pillow slipping through the bars and a soft place to lean against sounded nice. So we did. And now our bed looks like this.

There are a ton of tutorials out there on how to create an upholstered headboard. We followed the same basic plan, but because we had steel beams behind we just used 1/4″ plywood. Instead of wrapping the fabric and batting just around the plywood, we wrapped it around the steel beams and then stapled it. Took a little extra maneuvering to make the corners work, but the whole project took less than 30 minutes. The fabric is IKEA, left over from the gray couch. Here’s the behind the bed shot.

Its made it impossible to completely take apart the bed, but as our moving days seem to be behind us, that’s a small price to pay. It’s also a little more difficult to make the bed, as the plywood took up some of the space. The fabric at the foot of the bed is just wrapped around and velcroed, because I was lazy. It works though.

A quick and easy way to completely transform your bed. Suddenly my decade old bed feels new again. And I no longer lose my pillow out the back at night.

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