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I’ve always wanted one but I didn’t like the designs or colours available in the shops. So I made my own! It took all day to make, and I was totally exhausted, but I now have a new respect for upholsterers and the work that they do.
I think the hardest part was selecting the fabric. It is so much easier to choose a fabric for a client than for yourself. Did you know that 90% of headboards available in shops are charcoal grey!
There are so many choices, and I liked a lot of fabrics but I wanted something really special. I wanted sophisticated, luxurious, and unique.
In the end, I found a beautiful Baker Lifestyle fabric called Paloma from England. It was a large floral, similar to a fleur de lis cut velvet design, with the pattern repeat running up the roll.
It was very expensive, but worth it for the luxurious look I wanted.
Most upholstery fabrics are about 137-140cm wide and a Queen bed is 155cm wide, so I was 20cm short on the width. I didn’t want to run the fabric pattern sideways, it would look strange.
With the pattern running from the bottom to the top of the headboard, I needed to fill in 10cm on each side (plus go around the sides) to make up the full width of 155cm.
It took a long time but I finally found a plain weave texture fabric, in the same matching colour as the main fabric. So by adding this plain fabric as strips up the sides, it all worked out OK.
The final step was to protect the expensive fabric from marks and stains. I was warned that the fabric I used to fill in my sides could water-mark and stain easily, and the main fabric was very expensive so it was important to protect the fabric while it was new and clean.
Visit Gorgeous Creatures while in the Hawkes Bay
8 Otatara Rd, Taradale, Napier 4112 (by appointment please call or text first)
Kirsty Mason Ph 027 222 6230