Thursday, April 14, 2011


The list of projects I want to complete keeps growing. I keep adding to the list without being able to cross things off of it. One of the more ambitious projects on the list is building a bed frame or headboard. My boyfriend, Jason, and I bought a new mattress last year and, right now, it's on a frame with no headboard. We considered going the usual route and buying one but I would much prefer to make it ourselves. This will allow us to customize it to our exact needs and save money. This is part of a make-over of our bedroom that includes a home-made quilt which is on that list of things I need to complete. You can see some of the progress photos for it on my Flickr stream but once it's complete, I will share that here.

Ever since we bought the mattress, I've been collecting images and plans for do-it-yourself beds and headboards for inspiration. I am looking for something modern and simplistic, partly because that's my taste and partly because that seems like it will be easier than something complex.

I came across this DIY version of a headboard from West Elm on Decor and The Dog. It could be a good option, but if we decide to go with this style, we may make a few adjustments.

One of my favorite sites for DIY furniture inspiration is She builds furniture and shares her projects and plans on her website. Here are few of my favorites from her site.

I like this one because it has the clean lines we're looking for and her plans a for the complete bed frame. Also, as you can see from the photo above, it can be covered with fabric which I would love to do.

This reclaimed wood headboard is another of my favorites on her site and it may be easier than building a whole bed. 

This one could be great because of the added storage. I also like the idea of having cubbyholes instead of drawers where I could put beds for my dogs since one of my dogs, Ollie, likes to hang out under the bed when he's feeling anti-social.

Here are few more ideas from around the internet.

(via dwellstudio)
This could be very easy to DIY. I don't know if I would like it to extend past the bed on each side and would probably use a darker stain.

These are just a few of my favorites. I have a bunch more saved. Hopefully, we'll be able to make a decision quickly and get to it.

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