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I’ve been slow to graduate from the familiar comforts of IKEA furniture. Since I moved into my second post-grad apartment about three years ago, my Hemnes bed frame has remained constant, as I’ve toyed with my gallery wall, added some rugs, and switched out my bedding three different times. I started to get tired of it. Very tired.

I thought about swapping it with a Wayfair headboard that was more aligned with my style, but I didn’t want to spend my money on another home buy I’d probably tire of in a few years. I debated splurging on something from CB2, but I couldn’t justify the expense. How I could make the most of what I already had? I realized the best solution might actually be the fastest, easiest, and most affordable of them all.

Every time I considered what my ideal bed would look like, the cane trend came to mind, and a quick Google showed me that I could easily buy the material for about $10 a foot. I put two and two together: Why not just transform my tired Hemnes into the cane-backed headboard of my dreams? After sitting on the idea for months, I pulled it off with way less effort than I imagined.


Now, I have a custom bed that I absolutely love, a lot of money still in my pocket, and the newfound confidence to walk around my local hardware store plotting my next DIY. 

Photography by Rebecca Deczynski

The Supplies

Step 1: Trim the Caning

Learn from my mistake: Avoid a mess by cutting your caning to size before you try to affix it. You’ll want the webbing to generally match up with the headboard, with enough extra room to staple it. Just make sure the edges stay hidden and you’ll be set. If you’re nervous about over trimming, you can save this step for last—just be warned you’ll have an annoying clean-up job when all is said and done.

Step 2: Tape It Up

Use painter’s tape to attach the webbing to the back of the headboard, and then take a look at the headboard straight-on to make sure it’s aligned to your liking.

Step 3: Staple, Staple, Staple 

Be generous with how many staples you use to make sure the webbing is properly secured (there’s no need for perfectionism!). Affix the material around the entire perimeter, and then staple it to each individual headboard spoke. When you’re done, push your bed back against the wall and step back to admire what a change just 10 minutes of effort can make.


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