DIY Dorm Headboards

bedThe anticipation of move-in day is approaching to your new place you call home for about a year, and that place is your dorm! You are quite surprised when you walk into the door to see two beds, chestnut colored dressers, two overly sized desks, and that teeny tiny closet of yours. You’re thinking what did I get myself into? But do not worry, I’m here to help you make that awful dorm room something you will be happy to come home to at the end of the day.

Today I will be showing you how to easily make your own headboards, so cute you’ll want to make one for you’re roomie too! The first thing you must do is decide on how you want your headboard to look, and the most important thing is the shape since that cannot be altered. There are a wide variety of shapes to choose from, but below are ones I liked most. For this product I will be demonstrating shape A, the most difficult one.

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Supplies Needed (2 Headboards):

  • 1 piece of PVC Sheet Panel
  • Jigsaw (Type of Saw)
  • 2 Mattress Toppers, Full Sized (1 inch thick)
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Fabric of your choice (WIDTH AT LEAST 50 INCHES)
  • Staple Gun
  • Measuring Tape

Most dorms now-a-days come equipped with not your average sized bed, but instead come with a twin XL mattress. Most twin XL beds have the same dimensions, but make sure to check with your school just in case. The standard twin XL’s dimensions are 39 inches x 80 inches. When you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s to get your sheet of PVC panel, ask the person cutting it to cut the ONE sheet into TWO pieces (42 inches each piece), to make your life simpler. Draw your design onto your piece of PVC panel (don’t worry, your fabric will cover this part), and be sure to make sure that everything lines up with each other so that everything is symmetrical. Repeat this process on your second piece of panel. I know for a fact that I cannot cut anything to save my life, so I got my step-dad who is a handy man to do this job for me. If you simply cannot find anyone to do this, go back to Home Depot or Lowe’s to see if they would be willing to do such a thing. My headboard was 42 inches wide by 48 inches in length, but that part is up to you depending on how tall you want your headboard to be!

Once your panel has been cut, you are going to want to start to line up your mattress topper with the piece of panel. Take your staple gun, and begin to staple the topper onto your board. There will be access material and this is where you are going to want to cut it off. You can do this by using scissors, but I preferred to use an Exact-o knife for precision. Once this is done, repeat steps for your second headboard in the making.

After access material is cut off, you are going to want to choose a piece of fabric to match your theme. Personally, I used white because it matches everything but watch out (white tends to get a bit dirty in the process of moving it, and just in general in a dorm room). Make sure you are getting a fabric with the width at least 50 inches. Fabric usually comes in a width of 39 inches, and this will not work so I recommend sticking with a bolt of fabric, that way you have access fabric to cover your entire headboard. Get a fabric that is at minimum 50 inches wide by 50 inches in length to cover all parts. There will be remaining parts, but this is to make sure your fabric is enough to cover your entire panel. After this is done, cut your fabric and make sure to iron it so that there are no wrinkles since they do not come out once they are attached. Begin to staple your fabric onto your panel, and ta-da you are done!

Optional: On my headboard I made I put nail heads into my board, and it really made quite the difference. If you are looking to do this, Jo-Ann’s or any craft store sells strips of nail head that are quite easy to install. You only have to hammer in one hole per every 4 holes instead of doing the entire thing.

Now with your newly finished headboards, your dorm room will be the best looking one on campus!
Feel free to post pictures or tell me how your set up went!

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