Plywood - I used OSB cause it was super cheap. It was 1/2" so I doubled up for a 1" headboard for $6! (A piece of 3/4" plywood is about $30-$40.)
Padding - 24"x81" - $21
Fabric - 3 yards for $15
2x4's - 3 of them for $8
For a king size bed, the board was 20"x77". Just measure the width of your bed and make the other dimension 20". I bought padding at Walmart for $15. It was a little short so I had to also buy a smaller pack for $6. The width of the padding was 24", which is the perfect width to wrap around all edges. YOU MUST WRAP AROUND ALL EDGES! Staple the padding down first, placing a staple every couple of inches. Be careful only to staple on the backside of the headboard.
|Next you wrap the fabric over the padding and pull tight. Put a staple every few inches all around the headboard. Staple one edge and one side and then pull tightly to staple the other edge and side.|
Here is the simple frame I made out of 2x4s. The top board of the frame only reaches to the middle of the of the headboard. The bottom board goes along the bottom of the headboard. I then screwed the frame to the back of the headboard.
I measured the frame so that 2 inches of the headboard would be hidden by the mattress. Next, simply bolt the headboard to the frame.
And the babies rejoiced!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask or email us and I'll help you out!