How to Turn an Ikea Table Top Into One Hot Headboard

All you really need is a lot of staples and a little patience.

Ikea headboard hack

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


If you’re anything like me, your bedroom is a sanctuary—a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city streets (not to mention your roommate's cats.) But, as a renter, it can be hard to turn that sanctuary into something truly special. That’s where this clever Ikea hack comes in. Using the brand’s Ryggestad pine table top, we created a high-impact headboard that’s sure to upgrade any space without breaking the bank.

Materials

Ikea headboard hack table top

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Instructions

First, you’ll want to lay the table top flat and measure the batting against it. Leave extra material around the edges so that the entirety of the table top is covered with an additional 6-7” that can be folded over and stapled to the back of the wood.

Ikea headboard hack measuring

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Next, cut the batting to size. You’ll buy the material in a large roll and, depending on how plush you’d like the headboard to be, will want to cut it into a few oversized pieces. 

Ikea headboard hack tools

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Fold the edges of the batting over each side of the table top and staple them down. 

ikea headboard hack cutting

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


At each corner, cut away excess material from each fold so that it lays as flush as possible with the back of the table top. One roll gave us enough material for two layers and some change.

Ikea headboard hack cutting board

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Before stapling the sides, glue the batting down, just to be extra sure that it won't move.

ikea headboard hack batting

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Repeat these steps for each piece of batting you’ve cut. This photo shows our table top completely wrapped with batting.

Ikea headboard hack blue material

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Repeat the measuring and cutting process with your preferred fabric.

For this hack we used a bold blue and white cabana stripe to achieve a summer-perfect effect. Ikea also stocks its own range of fun fabrics to choose from.

Ikea headboard hack material

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Once you’ve measured and cut your fabric, stretch it out over top the batting and fold it taut over each side of the table top, going from the bottom to the top. (Or side to side—whatever is easiest!)

Ikea headboard hack material closeup

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Since the fabric is thinner than the batting, you will not need to cut away the excess from each corner. Keep the corners as taut as possible, though, and fold any excess fabric neatly under so that the corners of the headboard are clean and crisp.

Ikea headboard hack cutting material

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Once you’ve stapled the fabric to the back of the table top, cut away any excess fabric and glue down any rough edges. This will give you the cleanest possible surface to which you can install the picture hanging system.

Use a tape measure to find the center of your headboard and mark where you want to place your hanging system.

Ikea headboard hack drill

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


The hanging system is usually reserved for—you guessed it—picture frames, but just one of these (depending on the size) can hold up to 300 pounds.

Using a drill, install the system on the back of the headboard, centered a couple of inches below the folds of fabric and batting.

Ikea headboard hack complete

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE | Styled by: Sean Santiago


Install the corresponding half of the system to your wall using a drill, and then ask a friend to help you lift your new headboard into place—et voilà! Step back and admire your handywork.

See more Ikea hacks:
Use This Ikea Hack to Give Your Home a Retro Vibe
Use This 5-Minute Ikea Hack to Create a Mobile Herb Garden
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Published on July 24, 2017 - 3:30pm EDT

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