Last month, Ryan built a twin bed frame for the nursery to use as an extra bed and hang-out spot.
Instead of painting the entire piece, I decided to upholster the frame. (I was inspired by this upholstered bed at Land of Nod, at the crazy price of $899 with a headboard.) Upholstering the frame would allow me to use more of my favorite Dwell fabric (leftover from the curtains) and would also take the “edge” off the rough corners to keep our little guy from bumping his head when he starts moving around.
Upholstering the frame is a similar process to upholstering a headboard. Since I was on my own, I didn’t take tons of pictures of the process, but I think it’s self-explanatory.
I bought three yards of 1-inch Nu-Foam for less than $20 on sale at Hancock. The Nu-Foam is supposed to be an alternative to foam, particularly that it is flame retardant. I cut the 27-inch width in half and started wrapping the piece around the base board, stapling it in place.
Next, I cut strips of my fabric. Because I’m too cool for measurements, I just eyeballed the pattern to make it match up. When one strip ended, I just matched the next strip to the pattern and kept going. I obviously didn’t waste fabric or foam on the inner part, since that will be covered by the mattress.
Here’s the edge before. After matching up…
I just folded the border under and kept going. You can only see the seams if you are looking for them.
An hour or so later, I had it all faux-upholstered.
I’m really liking how it turned out. Now, I need to paint the legs and I’ll be all set. I’m thinking I’ll go with white to tie in with the crib and the hutch.
I just threw the sheets and pillows on the bed to see how it looks.
Since I have so much pattern in the room, I ordered this solid navy Seacliff quilt from Pottery Barn Kids. I had hemmed and hawwed about this bedding, but I just don’t have it in me to make a twin sized quilt. Plus, the quilt is quilted with Hs, which is the first letter of our little guy’s name.
I’m also thinking I need to make a long bolster pillow in the Dwell pattern, too. I decided to nix a headboard, since the large map is right behind the bed.
In all, I think we have around $40 in the bed. The wood was free (Ryan used what we already in the garage), the labor was free (you should marry a handyman like I did), the Nu-Foam was $20 and the leftover fabric was around $18 (I ended up using a little over one yard of what I had leftover from curtains).
What do you think?