July 5, 2011

Ivy's Upholstered Bed

First, let me start off by saying that this upholstery project was SO much easier than the last. Instead of a month, it took less than 2 days. Mostly one day, really.

So, we decided it was time to move Ivy into a regular bed. However, as usual, I wasn't willing to pay the price for a cute bed.
After seeing this bed from Ikea, I thought it would make a perfect frame for upholstering. I googled "upholstered fjellse" and sure enough, other people had already done it. (Manhattan Nest and Organized Design are two examples, but I followed a somewhat different process than they did, especially for the headboard.)

I wanted something bold and colorful for the fabric, but with some of the same colors as the crib bedding. I knew I wanted it to be a large scale pattern and I was drawn to forest-looking scenes, like this duvet and shower curtain from Urban Outfitters. If it weren't for the price, I probably would have bought a duvet and used it, but I bought 3 yards of this fabric instead. It had a similar color scheme and style and was much cheaper.

So, I did some planning.

First, I tried out different fabrics digitally. Here's the preview for this fabric:
(Fabric added in Photoshop to a bed image from Serena and Lily)
 Then I took lots of measurements and planned the logistics of the headboard:
There needed to be another piece of wood on the upper part in order to make the headboard a consistent thickness all the way up.
Then I drew half of the headboard shape on one paper, then cut it out with another piece of paper in order to have a symmetrical shape:
Then, for the most important step (building the headboard), I got the help of my brother-in-law, Ty, who has killer woodworking abilities. He happened to have some MDF scrap boards around that worked perfectly for the job. First, I used my paper template to trace the pattern on wood. Ty cut the straight lines on a regular saw, glued the two boards together, secured them with lots of screws, and then used a jigsaw to follow the line for the headboard. Then we glued and screwed the now connected boards to the original fjellse frame. (Side note: The frame's two edge wood pieces came up half an inch higher than the top of the headboard, so we just sawed them off in order to avoid cutting notches in the back piece of wood.)

Front:
 Back: (The board had a groove down it already, but it didn't get in the way.)
Ivy was already loving it.
 Next, I used my paper template to cut the headboard shape in some 1-inch foam.
Then I used hot glue to put it on the headboard. In order to make sure the mattress fit, I ended the foam right where the mattress started (it's pulled away in this picture,  so it looks lower, but it's not).
I also put two small pieces of foam on either side of where the mattress would fit.
Next, I stapled batting over the foam. Here's the back of the headboard with two layers of batting attached (I attached the two layers at once to save the effort of stapling it all twice).
 And here's the front:
Next came two layers of batting on the side and bottom rails. If I hadn't been concerned about the need to disassemble the bed later, I would have cut off the part of the legs that sticks up and upholstered that as well, but I'd rather be able to take the bed apart later.
 Here's all the batting done. I used one bag of queen size batting and it was exactly enough.
 My little helper checked that the fabric made a good blanket too.
Then I stapled the fabric to the rails. First, I sewed two strips of fabric together for the side rails so I'd have a less noticeable seam.

Starting the fabric on the headboard:
This next picture shows that I had to add extra fabric to the sides because I bought quilting fabric instead of home decor fabric. I knew it would cause this problem, but I decided it was worth it. Home decor fabric is traditionally 54" while quilting is only 44" so I had to add a bit in order to have enough. Also, in case you're wondering, quilting fabric is NOT as good as upholstery quality fabric. I would never put this on a chair or anything that gets pushed and pulled a lot. For the bed, I think it will be okay, but we'll see over time.
 And it's all on!
 Just in time for bedtime.
 Here it is with Ivy's comforter (also from Ikea).
The full shot:
And no, I'm not going to bother to tuck it in everyday. Way too much work. So normally, the rails won't be showing much, but I like that they're softer now and it wasn't that hard to do. Really, this project was quite easy--besides how sore my hands are from pulling the manual staple gun over 1000 times in a few hours. All the upholstery itself was done in one day--yesterday, actually. The headboard is the only reason it was longer and even that only took an hour and a half. The other good thing about this project is that when I get tired of it and want new fabric on it, I could probably just put it right over the top and make it an even easier job. But for now, I love it.

I've got a lot more projects to show that we've been working on, so there will be more to come soon (for real this time).

33 comments:

  1. I really love the upholstery. I may pay you to cuten something up for me someday when I have a house.

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  2. Thanks, but the whole point of me writing about it is so YOU can do it, right?

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  3. Beautiful!!! Like you, I looked around to see what others have done with their Fjellse beds and I'm so glad I found yours. Your headboard design and choice of fabric really make it pop! Your tutorial is also very easy to follow and I'm finally motivated to pull mine out of the garage and get started. Thanks!

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  4. Hello! I am a high school student and am an aspiring interior designer.. I would really appreciate it if you would donate to my funding to redo my room (ANY funding is appreciated).. I'm actually going to incorporate your DIY Upholstered Fjellse into my room! Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/ilindesign to donate :)

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  5. Found this on Pinterest! Beautiful job! Do you remember the name of the fabric? The link for it didn't work for me. Thanks! dhperezfamily.blogspot.com
    ~Heidi

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    1. Hi Heidi,
      The fabric is called Winged Flight Multi by Moda. Apparently it's not for sale anymore, but you might be able to find it somewhere.

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  6. Do you worry about a copy-right infringement suit? I know this isn't for re-sale, but directly copying and posting it might not be a good idea.

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    1. I'm not sure if this is a real comment or spam, but there's no copyright infringement here! This is original content and if you've seen it elsewhere, then I'd like to know. Thanks.

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  7. I absolutely LOVE this bed and the fabric you chose. Well done Lisa. I hope your daughter loves it for years to come. :)

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  8. Love this!

    Suggestion: Since you didn't want to cover the legs(understandable) maybe you could paint them a fun color that is in the fabric? The green would look really awesome. :)

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    1. It's a good suggestion. When I first did this, I was thinking I'd paint the legs. Then I realized that they didn't show much because of the way the comforter hangs, so it hasn't bothered me. But yeah, ideally, the legs would be painted. :)

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  9. Nice tutorial, and an adorable project. I want to make one and I don't even have a spot for a twin bed in my house. :)

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  10. I love this! Great idea, I might do the same to my daughter's bed.

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  11. I bet it would be easy to find a red-orange paint to add to those legs or even paint them white so they blend in better. GREAT job. I love this!

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  12. Wow what a transformation! that is awesome!

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  13. Amazing! I have been thinking of doing something similar for my two boys. I am totally inspired!

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  14. Thanks for sharing. This totally reminds me of the Land of Nod Upholstered head bead. Similar fabric and shape.

    http://www.landofnod.com/as-you-wish-upholstered-headboard-arched/f11390

    Nice to know you can DIY and customize it to fit your taste and budget. :)

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    1. I hadn't seen that, but it's super cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Just beautiful! Now that the bed has been in use for awhile, have you found that the fabric has held up?

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    1. Yes, it has! In fact, it looks exactly the same. It hasn't shown stains or anything either. I've been happy with it.

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  16. thank you for amazing idea. I will be making upholstered bed for my daughter when she is ready for bigger bed.

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  17. thank you for amazing idea. I will be making upholstered bed for my daughter when she is ready for bigger bed.

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  18. This is awesome! Thank you for posting. I bought my daughter the same ikea bed with the hope of redoing the headboard but had no idea where to start! That was 2 years ago and I just draped her crib comforter over it until it figured out what to do with it. I will get started on this project ASAP. Thank you.

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  19. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the great tutorial...We just completed two beds for our shared girls bedroom and it looks great! Thanks again.
    http://royamak.blogspot.ca/2013/06/makays-big-girl-room-beginning.html

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  20. amazing transformation, Great idea, thanks for this tutorial.online beds for sale UK

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  21. I absolutely LOVE this bed and the fabric you chose. Well done.sale online beds and mattresses

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  22. Wow! This is simply gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. :D

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  23. Hi I was wondering how many yards of fabric you ordered for this ?

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  24. I couldn’t believe it, really great, and your baby is particularly beautiful. A great help for us, maybe I can try to do with the baby bed. If you put a baby to bed like a plush doll like this: http://www.toyswill.com/rabbit-plush-toys-peter-rabbit-doll-toys-birthday-present-p-597.html, baby would be more happy.

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