6mm MDF; 1" foam; staple gun; fabric; glue; backing fabric; wadding.
Having made a headboard for my bed in the cottage I wanted to do the same for the flat in London. I knew I wanted a natural fibre for the front facing fabric and found the perfect natural fibre - pure silk. This was an absolutely great find - more pricey than my normal £1 a metre but still a bargain at £10 a metre.
This is how we made the headboard.
I purchased the foam and the MDF from the same place and got them to cut it to size for me. 3 sheets of MDF measuring 6' x 2' each, and 3 sheets of 1" thick foam also 6' x 2'.
1. Place 1 sheet of the MDF flat on a table and spread with glue (probably not as much as my D Mike was spreading all over but he was having fun - what can I say!
3. Cut a piece of wadding slightly larger than the board and form large enough to wrap around and staple underneath.
8. The next stage is to tidy up the back of the headboard. Use a firm fabric - there is specialist materials for this purpose that can be bought in upholstery shops , but I found a firm woven curtain fabric and it was only £1 a yard so I used that instead. Cut the fabric slightly larger than the board, allowing enough fabric to turn in the edges. Stretch the fabric slightly, and while keeping the fabric tight, secure the top and bottom edges first and then fold the fabric under and staple. This gives a nice clean finish.
9. Finished section.
10. For our headboard it will be made up of 3 identical sections that will sit horizontally one above the next. 2 finished one more to do tomorrow as we are babysitting our beautiful granddaughter tonight.