Pool Noodles Are the Secret Ingredient to This $300 Arched Headboard
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Updated Oct 12, 2018 10:55 AM
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- 10 1-inch-thick pipe insulation tubes
- 4 pool noodles
- 2-inch-wide insulation foam backer board
- 1 1/2-inch-thick queen memory foam mattress topper
- Low-heat hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- Spray adhesive
- Box cutter
- 8 yards of fabric of your choice
- Queen-size box spring (optional)
Step 1: Map It Out
Decide what size you want your headboard. Wright’s outermost tube is 60 inches tall and 90 inches wide so that it would be large enough to extend beyond the queen mattress and the nightstands. Tape a few pool noodles together end to end to create your border, eyeballing the shape of the arch. Craft the other channels (Wright made five total) using the pool floats for the outermost edges and the pipe insulation tubes for the inner layers. “I’m sure there is a mathematical formula I could have followed to make a perfect arch, but I never figured that out,” she says, laughing.
Step 2: Back It Up
Cut the foam board for the backing to roughly the same dimensions as the combined channels. Pro tip: You might want to make it slightly smaller so it’s hidden within the arched edges. To achieve a truly seamless look, you can also adhere fabric to this part, too.
Step 3: Cover Your Curves
“I’m a major velvet person,” says Wright, who scored panels of emerald green fabric from Fabric Wholesale Direct on the cheap (samples from Etsy were $40 alone). Trim the textile into strips long enough to cover each tube. The pipe insulation pieces will be precut, making it easy to tuck the excess around it, but you’ll have to split the noodles open yourself with scissors. Glue the fabric to the inside of the seam.
Step 4: Fill in the Gap
Measure the remaining empty middle space inside the channels. Cut the mattress topper and foam board with a box cutter to fit within the dimensions of the half-moon opening. Coat the board in spray-on adhesive and attach the topper. Then spray the topper with the adhesive and lay the velvet fabric on top. Hot-glue the edges around the back of the structure.
Finally, adhere the tubes to one another before gluing the arch to the upholstered center. Put your leftover scraps to use by stapling them around your box spring so the whole thing looks like one complete piece.