Sunday, November 14, 2010

Colette With Wings Upholstered Bed/Headboard

A while ago, I came across an awesome blog called high-heelfootinthedoor. She found a bed called Colette at Crate and Barrel that she loved.

But, like me, she didn’t want to spend lots of money on a bed, so she and her husband made a plan and made a bed just like it.

You can find that great tutorial HERE.

Since she already made a tutorial, and it was what we followed to make our bed, I won’t repost that. What this tutorial is about is a WINGBACK WPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD. For some reason, I love the look of wingback headboards. Up until this point I have always associated wingback anything with old people. I changed my mind once I googled “wingback upholstered headboard” There are some pretty awesome headboards out there. I was inspired by this one:
Once I saw the greatness of WINGBACK, I had to have one. So I went back to Google and searched for “wingback upholstered headboard tutorial.” NOTHING. What? NO tutorial? How could this be? Isn’t there someone out there that wants one just as much as I do?

Enter The Husband. The man who brings my crazy ideas to life. I told him that for my birthday this year I wanted The Colette bed with wings. (No this is not an Always brand ad or product ;0))

So off to Stock Building Supply we went. There we bought the lumber for the bed. We had to change the lumber list a little. Here’s how it breaks down:

Stock Building Supply shopping list:

(2) pine 1x10x16- cut in half -$35.74- side of bed
(1) white fir 2x4x8 -$2.18- middle support
(9) pine 1x4x12- $43.56- middle and side slats
(1) MDF slab ¾ thick 4x8- $38.50- headboard
(2) pine 1x4x16- cut in half -$14.08- middle support inside side of bed

Walmart shopping list:

(2) twin size convoluted foam mattress pad -$25.88
(1) queen size convoluted foam mattress pad -$19.94
(4) 42X84 Mainstays textured foam-back energy efficient curtain panel- $59.68

You can use fabric. This wasn’t the most economical route to go, but it worked out pretty well. My sister said the fabric I used looks like an old man suite. I agree, but I think it looks good.

One panel for two long sides of bed,
½ panel for foot of bed
1 ½ panel for wings
1 panel for back of headboard

Joann’s shopping list:

(4) aluminum cover button kit- size ¾”. Make sure that you get one that that the fabric covering kit inside. They were BOGO $7.01

Hobby Lobby shopping list:

(1) extra long needle (Joann’s didn’t have them) $3.49- for the tufting of the headboard.

Home Depot shopping list:

(4) 3” nuts and bolts – these are for attaching the headboard to the frame
(4) brackets- these are for attaching the wings to the headboard
(4) legs for the bed
(4) top plates the attach the feet to the headboard.


Make a pattern for the type of wing you want. We traced it on cardboard and cut it out.The widest point of our wing was 11 inches. So we traced the pattern on(2) 11in wide by 4ft high MDF sheets.Using a jig saw, Matt cut out both wings.Place the wing on the outside edge of the head board. Next, Matt determined where he wanted the brackets to go. Three inches down from the top he put the bracket on the MDF and drilled holes in the where the bracket holes were, then screwed screws into those pre-drilled holes. He did the same thing 3 inches up from the bottom. Repeat on the other side.Then he pre-drilled holes where the bolts go. Two through the back in the corners then one though each wing though the bed fame. Make sure it is toward the bottom, so your mattress doesn’t hit them.Here is the bed all put together. We followed the tutorial for the bed and headboard. Follow my tutorial for the wings.

At this point, Matt unbolted everything and we carried the bed into the house, then the headboard. Leave the wings attached to the headboard.

Follow the Colette Bed tutorial on how to upholster the bed.

These pictures speak for themselves on how to attach the foam to the headboard.
We decided to make slipcovers for the wings. We figured this would be the easiest route to go. Use the cardboard pattern to trace the wing onto the fabric. Since we didn’t have enough fabric for one of the wings, we had piece the fabric together. I don’t even notice the seam. DONOT sew on the marker line. Add 1 1/2 inches to the line. We measured out 1.5 inches and made dots. This compensates for the foam.Sew on the dotted line.Cut off excess fabric then cut notches so the fabric will lay right.Slip the wing cover on the wing and tuck, pull and smooth until the fabric lays right, then staple.
Here is what the headboard and wings looks like after it has been stapled.Tuck, pull and smooth the fabric for middle of the headboard until the fabric lays right, then staple in the crease at the sides. Make sure the staples don’t show.If you want your headboard tufted then you need to decide on a pattern. I wanted it staggered. Drill holes big enough for a needle to pass through. I found a random tutorial on how to do this.Finished!
Good thing you predrilled everything, because it makes this next step easy. Attach the headboard back onto the bed-frame.Now it’s time to step back and salivate because your new bed is awesome!

I love it! Thanks to Matt and my sister for all your help!

Now I am on the hunt for the perfect bedding and pillows…

If you make one of these beds, I want to see! Shoot me an email...


Cassie Bustamante said...

how fun is that??!?!? i love the shape of it and am in awe that you bult it. so cool! i hopped over from cottage instincts- thanks for sharing!

Cheri said...

How cool is that! My husband is also handy - love them!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is awesome! I know this project won't happen at my house, but a girl can dream. :)

Sue said...

I've never seen a headboard that shape, what a great look. I think it is wonderful that you found a way to make what you wanted!

pogonip said...

It has a unique look to it that I love--very modern but cozy too!

Diane Schmidt said...

Looks great, I love that look :)

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Uhleah said...

That looks great! So economical compared to a bed from Crate and Barrel or similar stores... Great job!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm greatly impressed! I'm bookmarking this post for my future headboard. Thanks for sharing. Btw, I came from Between Naps on the Porch and I'm glad I did :)

Michelle said...

This is simply gorgeous! It looks like you had someone custom make this for you! Next time I'm searching for new bedroom furniture I might have to give this a try....if I can convince my husband to help!

One Life Many Journeys said...

I have a bedroom suit I want to refab but I don't like the bed. I have been looking for a padded headboard design and THIS IS IT!!! You did a fabulous job. I am going to bookmark this for when I am ready to do mine. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I wish I can do that.Where did you buy the box?

Love the quilt too!

Unknown said...

Great job on the headboard. Isn't it great to have a handy husband? My husband did our upholstered headboard for our bed as well. I love ours but if ever we change I might just think about doing a wingback one.

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at our Strut Your Stuff Party!

Nicole said...

Jessica, you are so talented. I got your e-mail, like what a month or two ago. When I went back to answer you I couldn't find it. I really want to come see your gorgeous home sometime. They started on ours a few weeks ago. They have the foundation done. We live in the little 2 bedroom apartments in the ward. It's crazy, but we will sure appreciate a decent size home! I hope everything is going well. E-mail me sometime so I can have your address!

Roslyn said...

Clever I want one!

Roeshel said...

It's fabulous! WOW! I love it - pretty and so cozy! Great job!

Have a great weekend!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Wow, that is amazing! What a huge did a great job!

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

What a big project to take on and I think it's way better then buying it from the store, I mean think about the meaning behind it now, you'll always remember about the bed you built together!! (; Great job!

KimMalk said...

This is fantastic. I commend you for copying it and wrapping the base in fabric. Genius.

Lindy said...

I have often thought about doing this and wondered if it was possible. You did it! and I love it! Great work!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Girl this is awesome, if you used any of sponsor products you should enter this into the monthly contest. Another competition will start in a couple of weeks.


Rashon Carraway said...

You guys did a GREAT job!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

These upholstered headboards are really becoming popular. I have read that this is being credited to the furniture in Mad Men. Anyway, yours is especially handsome. I really like the fabric you chose and it is stunning with your coverlet.
Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Wow! Well done! Love the fabric!!

Unknown said...

The lines and style of this is beautiful. I am so impressed. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink.

j said...

Hi, the bed looks awesome. I just came across it becuase I too was looking to build myself. My inspiration are the bed from restoration hardware, but then again I dont want to pay a mortage just for a bed. I was wondering how much did it cost you total by doing it yourself? I'll try it out and hope that it'll come out as good as yours.

Heather said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I've been looking all over for a DIY wingback headboard! I may only make the headboard and not the bed, but you have me wanting to make the bed, too;)

Vern said...

I love the idea that you built this yourself. I'm planning on doing the same thing..soon! Question?-For your cut list. What size bed is it for? If you could tell me I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm going to use your instructions to build my own.