My daughter’s room turned out beautiful click here, so bright and spacious compared to the before. We love opening the blinds so that we can fill the room with natural lighting. It looks beautiful, exactly how I envisioned it. This room makeover was a challenge, I wanted everything to turn out perfect, I didn’t want to miss a single detail. Now that Lianna’s room is complete I plan to hire her to take some excellent Pro-pics to add to my Interior Design Portfolio.
Lianna loves Green, and I have grown to love it too. I love a particular shade of green, and it also depends on what other colors are paired up with it. Green is a tricky color; there are lots of other colors that work well with Green, but if done wrong, it can turn out to be a tacky project, and we don’t want tacky. We want classy and glam, especially in for a young adult. We’ve had her sleigh bed for years now since she was six years old. I remember the day it delivered; she was so excited to have a princess bed (to her it was), and I was so excited to see the big smile on her face. I would consider this a significant investment on our part; I was glad that I didn’t have to change out beds every few years. It was worth the purchase, it saved us a lot of money and headaches, and with this decision it didn’t interfere with Lianna’s comfort. Of course, the only buy was the mattresses. We went through a few sets over the years. I am happy to say I was able to keep her bed and this time around I took on the challenge and upholstered the sleigh bed. I always wanted an upholstered headboard; now I can design and make my own. Let me tell you I was scared, I didn’t want to ruin the wood, but it turned out beautifully, and I am so glad I did it.
DIY Upholstered Sleigh Bed (After)
It turned out beautifully.
If case you are wondering about the tufting, it turns out I wanted a more minimalist look and not deep tufting. I think it’s simple in design and looks stunning.
A closer look.
From a different angle.
The worst about thing about upholstering a sleigh bed is putting it back together. I had to trim away excess fabric so the frame could lock into place.
A perfect match with the rug and flooring.
DIY Upholstered Sleigh Bed (Before)
What a beautiful bed, in desperate need of a new look.
- Suede Fabric 5 yards
- Staple Gun
- Bed Frame
- Peg Board
- Felt Pen
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- 2×2 Wood
- 1″ x 4″ slats for bed support
- Wood Screws
- Miter Saw
How To Upholster Your Sleigh Bed:
- Wipe down your bed frame
- Make sure you have a large enough area to work on, I used my living room floor. Lay out your fabric, starting with; the felt then the fabric and batting last. You want the batting to end up as the first layer when stapling the bed frame. I used felt I wanted the fabric to look clean and seamless, meaning not to appear lumpy. Batting tends to make it look lumpy over time when upholstering furniture. I like using felt; the fibers are tight, and it has a smooth look and feels. I was an inexpensive way to go, which saved me a lot of money. Fabric, batting, and accessories can get expensive real quick.
- I began by cutting the fabric leaving about 3″ all the way around, In case I messed up and Stapled in the wrong area. Since it was my first time, I wasn’t sure how the corners and the hardware from the bed frame would interfere. Measure twice, cut once it applies to ALL upholstery projects. I stapled the batting first, then the felt and fabric together (there are lots of staples in the bed LOL), but it’s looking good so far. I was actually proud of my corners. Always grab the center first and staple, you can always smooth out as you go. Pull and tug (repeat).
- DONT staple too close to the corners for a little wiggle room. Once you have stapled the entire frame, minus the corners you can now mess with it and see what works best, how your going to get a perfect fold. Once you think it’s looking good, go ahead a staple away.
- Do this times 3 (repeat steps). It took me about 3 hours, not too bad. The stubborn piece was the headboard, its big, chunky and heavy.
- For the headboard I measured it standing and covered the entire headboard with the fabric, batting and felt.
- A little trick I learned when it comes to tufting for the “No Sew” crew. I simply laid the heavy headboard on the rug and used a peg board to measure, for perfect, consistent spacing for the buttons. Using a felt pen I made a dot in each peg hole; 7 down, 10 across for a total of 70 dots for the buttons. You can see that in the photos under Headboard.
- Using my handy-dandy stapler I simply stapled an X on top of each mark/dot and this created a slight tufting look I was going for. At first I wanted the deep tufting, but then I thought that’s not really my style. Yes, my style because once my daughter moves out the bed is staying for guests. 2 for 1 baby!.
- Once I stapled on top of the markings, I used gold buttons that I purchased at Micheal’s (expensive) and broke off the part for stringing the thread through and glued it right to stapled area. Voila!
- Now its time to put your bed together. Once you’ve done this measure across the bed rails where the mattress will lay. using my miter saw I cut the wood slates to the exact width of the bed. Pre-drilled the holes to prevent from catching the fabric. Using wood screws secure your wood pieces. I like this idea way better than the metal frames.
- Once I was done installing the slats, I measured from the wood slates to the floor for the height. I decided the legs would be another way to add support to the bed. Cutting 9″ lengths of 2×2 wood pieces, pre-dril the slats in the center or where you want support, and attached legs. I was able to install 8 legs and the wood was really inexpensive. Now the bed has extra support and this always good for the person laying on the bed. Take a look at the photo below under “Installing Slats for Support”.
- I style and take tons of pics. Good Luck!!!!
Side Rails & Footboard
I measured each piece individually.
Fast forward, the way they look now. The lightening is off, they look greyish.
The color is a lot greener in natural lighting.
I thought putting it back together would be the easy part. It took us 3 hours. I was so upset, finally we trimmed back the fabric, and now you can’t even see it. Thank goodness.
Batting comes in a roll. so be sure to overlap a little, a least an inch.
Not too shabby. Clean and tight. I wasn’t worried about the bottom the side rails will hide all that.
I love the headboard a little trick to tufting. Read #7 on “How To.”
This was super easy to do. Mark and go!
Installing Slats for Support
For extra support, I added 2×2’s cut at 9 1/4″ long. I cut the pieces a hair short to give the bed slack when weighted down (mainly when my daughter lays on the bed). This helps the bed from being stiff but adds support and comfort.
Meet my friend Mr. RYOBI
I think it looks great! what do you think?
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