Colorful Rug Headboard How-To

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Last summer, I bought a slew of rag rugs made from Indian sari material. I thought I was going to join them up to make one giant floor rug, but alas, that plan was flawed. In my closet those poor rugs sat, until, one day, I had an epiphany and decided to mount them on the wall and make them into a headboard.

This is not my first time at the headboard-making rodeo. Actually, this is my second time in less than six months. However, I think this is the one. No, really—this time, I mean it. Who knew those rugs made from saris I bought last summer would make such a great headboard? I didn’t.

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I moved into my new house about 10 months ago. The master bedroom was a big, blank slate, and the people I bought the house from had slightly different taste in home decor than I do. What they did know is that this room needed a king-size bed. My old queen had to go, and so the search for a king-size headboard began.

Button-headboard

My first attempt at a headboard was this button-tufted number. I thought I wanted a traditional headboard—then decided I didn’t, and tried to pump up the funk factor by re-covering the buttons in fabric cut from a vintage muumuu. You can check out the whole tutorial on my blog.

As much as I loved the headboard, it was just not setting me free. Luckily, it looks great in my daughter’s room, where it makes her sideways twin bed look like a day bed. So all was not lost, but this move left the master bedroom naked.

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The first thing we did was to make sure the rugs were straight and centered. With a pencil, I marked a spot on the wall where the center of my bed would be. From there, using a level, I drew a line out from either side to act as a guide for the top of my rug.

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Next I made my poor mother climb a ladder and hammer the rugs to the walls. In my defense, when not taking pictures, I was below her, holding up the weight of the rugs.

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Using small nails along the top trim, we hung the rugs evenly. Once things were straight and where they were supposed to be, we went back in with a staple gun to really make sure those suckers were not going anywhere. We stapled throughout the rug—but, because of the texture, you can’t see any staples.

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I wanted the rugs to be wider than my bed, so that they were also behind my bedside tables.

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Please note my thrifted Swiss Alps wagon wheel bar cart bedside table and our vintage (had them since childhood) alarm clocks.

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Store-bought headboards that tickle my design fancy are far and few between. Luckily, cute rugs are easier to find.  Now I am on a quest for amazing throw pillows.  Suggestions anyone?  This post originally appeared on BlogHer.  Check out all my other DIY posts there!

3 Responses to “Colorful Rug Headboard How-To”

  1. Nini~

    That is a great idea, I never thought about a rug for a headboard…I may have to switch gears for our spare bedroom. Thank you for expanding my horizons!

    Nini~

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    • Jennifer

      Hey Nini when I realized I had waited too long to return the rugs after realizing they would not work on the floor I had to think of something. I am really loving the way they turned out. Love to see your spare bedroom if you go the rug route.

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