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    • Simon Newman
    • By Simon Newman 30th Mar 19, 9:27 AM
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    Making A Fabric Headboard
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:27 AM
    Making A Fabric Headboard 30th Mar 19 at 9:27 AM
    Hi, I've decided to make a pretty simple replacement headboard for my bed, it's a custom size bed so an off the shelf headboard doesn't quite work.

    My plan is pretty simple, cover a board with foam, wadding and then fabric. My question is this... what kind of board should I buy for this?

    MDF, OSB or plywood?

    Any recommendations on the board thickness? I've seen a few plans online but many don't make a recommendation for this. I was thinking 12mm? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    • in my wellies
    • By in my wellies 30th Mar 19, 9:34 AM
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    in my wellies
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:34 AM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:34 AM
    I picked up a second hand headboard from freecycle and another from a charity shop because they then came with all the fittings (legs/bolts) which was the bit I would have found complicated.
    One was a straight rectangle which I cut down to fit a queen size bed.
    I stripped them down to the wood (MDF?)
    I think by rights you should cover the foam with a fire-retardant lining (a must for a rental) but I didn't - your choice
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 30th Mar 19, 9:37 AM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:37 AM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:37 AM
    I made my own.
    I used two pieces of MDF, 2 pieces of foam & 2 pieces of cloth.
    The bed is super king, so each panel is 3 foot wide, by 4 foot tall.
    I mounted it flat against the wall from the top of the mattress.
    It’s only about 6 inches from the ceiling. I love it!
    • Simon Newman
    • By Simon Newman 30th Mar 19, 9:51 AM
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    Simon Newman
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:51 AM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 9:51 AM
    I made my own.
    I used two pieces of MDF, 2 pieces of foam & 2 pieces of cloth.
    The bed is super king, so each panel is 3 foot wide, by 4 foot tall.
    I mounted it flat against the wall from the top of the mattress.
    Itís only about 6 inches from the ceiling. I love it!
    Originally posted by Kim kim


    Looks like MDF it is then. What thickness was the MDF you used?
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 30th Mar 19, 2:11 PM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 2:11 PM
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    • 30th Mar 19, 2:11 PM
    Looks like MDF it is then. What thickness was the MDF you used?
    Originally posted by Simon Newman
    From memory about half an inch.
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