Guest Room: Bed Budget

Back when we started on our guest room makeover, we gave ourselves the challenge of keeping costs to a minimum.  We’ve done pretty well so far by using what we had on hand (paint), scoring great deals on Craigslist (our $10 dresser), and adding pizzaz with DIY projects (the stenciled closet).

However, when it came time to address the bed situation, we knew it would be hard to keep costs down.  Y’all keep us accountable, so when you asked how much our headboard cost to DIY, we decided it was time to spill the beans!

Headboard right

Despite misplacing our Lowe’s receipt (it’s not like we could return that MDF now anyway), lots of online-price checking and tallying has resulted in our best guess as to the cost of the headboard.  Check it out.

Stage 1: Construction
3/4″ MDF 4×8 Sheet: about $25
2 Pine 1x4x6s: 2 @ 6.88 = $13.76
Pronged T-Nuts: 2 packs @ 1.15 = $2.30
Bolts: $6.58
Washers: $1.18

Legs Attached

Stage 2: Upholstery
Teal Linen: 2 yd @ 6.74/yd = $13.48
8oz Batting: 4 yd @ 6.99/yd =$27.96

Upholstered Headboard

Stage 3: Detail
Nailhead Trim: $10

Lamp detail

Grand Total: $100.26

$100 for a headboard isn’t bad, considering similar ones cost in the $300 range online. The headboard did turn out to be a little more expensive than we planned for, but there is a silver lining.  Remember the old guest room bed frame that took up too much room? We sold it on Craigslist for $65 before starting this project.

That means our headboard only set us back $35 in the end!

This has been seriously one of my favorite projects in a long time, and since it turned out so well, I can totally see us making a few more headboards down the road.  If you’re considering making your own headboard, here are a few things we learned and things we’d change if we did it again.

  • The biggest contributors to cost were the MDF and the batting.  If you have a sheet of plywood laying around, use that and save yourself 25 bucks!  Have a thick comforter or quilt you never use?  How about using it for padding and saving another $27?
  • If you’re using nailhead trim, less is more when it comes to batting.  You want to make sure your nailhead tacks will be nice and secure.
  • To make the headboard look bulkier and more padded from the side, consider building up the edges from behind with another thickness of MDF like Kelly and Andy did. (We’ll be trying this next time!)
  • Avoid sharp interior angles when designing the shape of your headboard.  Those are the most difficult to get smooth during the upholstering step!
  • You could also upholster the legs of the headboard if they’re going to be visible (if your bed is generally seen from the side), or consider painting them to match your fabric.

Headboard left

I hope the lessons we learned will help if you tackle a project like this yourself.  I know we’ll be referring to this list a lot if we make another headboard in the future!

So what do you think?  Did you expect the headboard to cost more or less?

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9 Responses to Guest Room: Bed Budget

  1. I totally missed your first post on this. GORGEOUS headboard! And thanks for sharing those extra tips!

  2. nicki says:

    You should link up to She is featuring DIY headboards!

  3. Nora says:

    Totally worth it! I thought it might cost less but MDF is so expensive. I just bought PT plywood for outside and it was just as expensive. I hate spending money on hidden things!

  4. nikki says:

    Teal and nailhead trim – perfect! I think you did pretty good on the budget. It really makes the room.

  5. Nikki says:

    That’s awesome! And selling the old one on craigslist, totally makes up for it. I can’t believe you made it for 100 bucks!

  6. Vanessa says:

    Love it! I really like the color, also!

  7. delia says:

    Do you use those Hobby Lobby 40% off coupons? They are online printable 2x/month, alternating weeks. Also, if you’re ever in Batesville, you have to go to Marshall Dry Goods. They have the best selection of fabric (designer and otherwise) at awesome prices. Also, I think they have $2-3/yd batting, which I think includes extra long batting too.

  8. Yay, that bed is GOR-geous! We’re redoing ours – just finished it, woohoo! – and posting about it next week, but we didn’t come in at $100 like you did. I’m super impressed. Great tips too!

  9. Allison says:

    Beautiful! I love the peacock feather pictures you did for the bathroom too. Great job! Can’t wait to look around your blog. Thanks for your sweet comment on the nursery.


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