Probably the one thing that I get the most comments on is the tufted headboard in my bedroom. I really liked the headboard that I already had in there, but it kind of seemed like it was too much dark brown because the dresser and the nightstand were also the same color. All of it together made the room appear smaller. Plus it didn't quiiiiite fit with the look that I was going for in there:
I started collecting supplies for the project weeks in advance. In case you didn't know, foam is VERY expensive...the thicker it is, the more $$ you're going to have to fork over. The 2'' thick stuff that I got is originally $35/yard (and 24'' wide). I waited until it was 50% off at Joann's, and then used an additional 10% off coupon, so it was fairly reasonable. The white fabric that covers the headboard was actually fabric that is used for lining curtains I think. It is the really wide fabric (64''?) that you find in the upholstery section of the store, and it was also 50% when I got it (so it was only $6/yard or something like that). Other supplies that were used: quilt batting, plywood, button covers, staple gun (heavy duty), long upholstery needles, thick thread, a jig saw (to cut the plywood if you don't want a square shaped headboard), and a drill. If you do crafty stuff on a regular basis, I highly recommend signing up to get coupons from all of the major craft stores around you...I have saved sooo much money that way.
The thickness of the plywood that you get depends on whether or not you're going to attach the headboard to the bedframe itself, or hang the headboard on the wall. Since I was going to be attaching it to the bedframe, I opted for thicker plywood (3/4'' - 1''). I cut the wood to shape (length/width), and then brought it to the bedframe to sketch out where I would need to drill holes for the screws to attach it to the bed. To cut the notches out of the top of the wood, I sketched them on wrapping paper first, and then used the paper as the guide. This ensured that both curves on either side of the headboard were equally shaped.
The spaces of the holes for the tufts were dictated by how many button covers I had, and how it looked when I layed everything out. I spaced the rows out using long pieces of masking tape on the plywood that I drew on with a marker; this allowed me to adjust the height between the rows slightly without having the remeasure each mark every time I stepped back and decided that it looked a little funny. After I had the hole placements layed out, I drilled the holes using a large drill bit. I didn't bother taking the masking tape off.
After I had the wood cut and drilled to my satisfaction, I brought it back inside and layed it out on the dining room table. I layed the foam down on the wood, and cut it to size using a razor blade. The foam should be exactly the size of the plywood. It should NOT hang over the edges. Then, I used an old curtain rod to cut holes in the foam so that I could still see the holes that I had drilled for tufts. You know how the curtain rod slides out into two pieces? Slide the one side out from the other. One of the edges should be pretty sharp...put it on the foam and push down and rotate in circles at the same time. After a few rotations, you should be able to lift up and see that you have cut a perfect circle in the foam right over your pre-drilled hole.