Wake up your bedroom with a head-turning headboard. To make this one, fill in a plain frame (store-bought orbuilt from artists' stretcher bars) witha basic yet bold tabby weave.
Photography: Ryan Liebe
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2020
Weave your own headboard, then make the bed with our favorite sets (Bed Threads 100 Percent Flax-Linen Bedding Set, in Pink Clay, from $250, bedthreads.com. Two Dawson Linen Bedcover, in Desert Rose, $195, two-dawson.com).
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Wooden headboard frame or wooden stretcher boards (Dick Blick Best Heavy-Duty Stretcher Bars, starting from $3.50 for 8", dickblick.com)
Sturdy cotton straps, 50 mm (for the weft; each strap should be long enough to wrap around headboard frame horizontally with 7 or so inches of excess) (Pacific Trimming Cotton Webbing, 50 mm, in White, $4.50 a yd., pacifictrimming.com)
Sturdy cotton straps, 32 mm (we used two varying colors for the warp; each should be long enough to wrap around the headboard frame vertically with 7 or so inches of excess) (Pacific Trimming Cotton Webbing, 32 mm, in Brown and Beige, each $3.50 a yd., pacifictrimming.com)
Staple gun and supplies
Use a plain wooden headboard frame you already have, or make a simple long rectangle from wooden stretcher bars, as we did. (Our headboard frame is queen-size and measures 62 inches wide by 35 inches tall.)
Starting at one side of the headboard and working horizontally, wrap weft straps around headboard frame, each directly adjacent to the next so you cover the entire surface, stapling ends to back of frame. (The length and number of weft straps you'll need will depend on the size of your headboard frame; we used sixteen 69-inch-long weft straps.) Tuck ends of straps under and staple again, to reduce fraying.
Working vertically, weave warp straps through weft straps, leaving a 2.5-inch gap between warp straps and alternating colors. (Again, the length and number of warp straps you'll need will depend on the size of your headboard frame, but you'll need roughly three warp straps per foot; we used sixteen 42-inch-long weft straps.) Staple ends to back of bed frame, then turn ends under and staple again.
Loop loose ends of warp straps around sides of headboard frame, and secure in back with staple gun. To reduce fraying, tuck strap end under again and staple.