King size headboards are sometimes a necessity in staging, but they are expensive, heavy and unwieldy to move. So Carol Clark and Sarah Wake Davies decided to try to construct a lightweight, inexpensive one!
We brainstormed and decided against plywood— although that would probably work. Sarah visited Home Depot and found the perfect product— rigid foam insulation. It’s a huge sheet of styrofoam-like material that is perfect for creating a headboard. It comes in a sheet that is 2 inches thick and 4 ft high x 8 feet wide and the price was right — $20.98 per sheet.
We wanted it to be slightly smaller so we carved it down (using a box cutter, a knife, and scissors — all had pros and cons—watch for sharp objects!) to 3 1/2 feet high x 7 1/2 feet wide. This was the hardest part, especially in a garage in 90 degree weather!
Then we wrapped it with quilt batting from a fabric store. We tried at first to staple it onto the board, but the staples didn’t seem to hold very well. So, we used duck tape! We also decided a foam mattress pad would also work, but we had batting so that’s what we used.
Next, we wrapped it with a painter’s drop cloth, very budget-friendly at $11.98!
Again, staples seemed to pull out, so duck tape was the ticket!
When we finished the headboard, there were quite a few puckers and pulls. We hoped these would come out with steaming. This is what the finished headboard looked like in the garage: