Bed project documentation part 3: Upholstery



This post is the third and final piece documenting the Bed Project, wherein I designed and built my own bed.

The last step to completing my bed was upholstering the entire particle board box. I purchased enough sheets of one-centimeter-thick foam from a local foam store. The foam store employees agreed that foam thicker than 1 cm is difficult to upholster using just a simple staple gun. Using a regular staple gun from the hardware store, I covered the four box sides of the bed. I tried to not staple anywhere that would be visible or touchable on the top or side of the bed. Instead, I stapled on the inside edge of the boxes where the mattress would hide the staples and under the lip of each empty-bottomed box side. The bed in it’s partly upholstered state is shown here below.

Next I covered the foam with grey tweed upholstery fabric which I bought at a fabric store specializing in furniture fabrics. I simply used the staple gun in the same manner as described above so as to hide the staples. The material does fray a bit on some edges. I folded the fabric once and tucked the fraying edges under before stapling. Where I had a seam in the fabric, I sewed using a whip stitch by hand after stapling. Pressing the seam after stitching makes the seams almost invisible. For each corner I mitered the fabric and cut away the excess bulk before stapling down. Here is a final view of the bed after finishing the upholstery with just the mattress:

Behind the bed you can see a bright purple tufted satin headboard which I also built myself. I first detached a silver frame from the mirror with which it was purchased. I kept the backing sheet of particle board from behind the mirror. I cut a five centimeter thick slab of foam to the size of the frame with regular scissors. I then measured out a diagonal grid of my tufting pattern and poked holes completely through the foam. To tuft, I pulled the purple satin through to the back of the foam through each tuft’s hole and anchored the fabric with a rectangle of cardboard, shown here:

I worked my way from one end of the foam to the other to keep the fabric as taut as possible on the finished tufted side:

I squished the finished fabric tufted foam up through the frame and pulled the fabric tight on each edge:

Then I flipped the whole thing upside down and put the saved piece of particle board backing on the back. I stapled the backing board back into the frame and trimmed the purple satin to a few centimeters:

Folding the fabric over on itself and gluing it to the backing board with a hot glue gun was the final step.

The purple satin headboard is hung on the wall behind the bed and makes for a comfortable place to lean and read a book in bed. That wraps up my Bed Project documentation on how to design and build your own bed with a minimum of tools. I hope with this series you might be inspired to design and build your own modern designer bed.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

9 Responses to “Bed project documentation part 3: Upholstery”

  1. Alex R Says:

    I absolutely love this bed idea. I’d love to have seen the ‘extended’ bit being used as storage too. I’d probably try to do a project like this myself when I move out.

  2. Klaus Says:

    Great project !!!

  3. Alexander F Says:

    Brilliant. Nice to see you hard at great work.

  4. Bruno Says:

    I like the bed, but the headboard which seems to take the minimalism, simple and great lines of this bed design. For the pratical side, my bed hasn’t any headboard, and a simple pillow makes it perfectably confortable to lean!

  5. Amy Says:

    I love this bed, especially the headboard! Out of curiosity, how portable is this bed? If you move, will you have to completely disassemble it?

  6. James Says:

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at blackhatbootcamp.com/listofwordpressblogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  7. Jessi Says:

    Oh well, I love this bed!!! I really want to sleep in it. Thanks for so much inspiration, maybe I can use them to “pimp” my own bed :)

  8. William Says:

    I love this bed and am planning on making one for myself! But I am curious as to the total cost of this project. Can you please provide some rough numbers?

    Thanks!
    William

  9. Jackie Says:

    Hi, love the headboard idea… and would like to do something similar .. can you tell me if the foam sticks out of the frame ? and if so how do you stop it from coming out the front ?

    In other words.. I would like it to be nice and cushony and cant figure out how to make it thick and still be able to secure it ..

    please give measurements of foam vs. opening of frame… thanks .. GREAT JOB

Leave a Reply