Friday, April 22, 2011

Twin headboards for Fire Island

Our latest project was twin headboards for a guest room on Fire Island. We started with two sturdy frames. Cabinet grade wood for the back and double 2x6 for legs. These were manufatured by our carpenter. He made sure to have a seamless back. The slightly rounded shape termed "squoval" by the client was then curved out freehand. After which, I attached 3" foam with spray adhesive. I used a turkey knife to get the exact shape. A 1" layer of batting was then added for ultimate comfort. This was stapled on to secure the foam even tighter.
The legs got only the batting spray glued on. Next the legs got wrapped in a lovely pattern from Lee Joffa.
We worked on them simultaneously in order to provide ultimate accuracy and continuity. We then tackled the large back section. The print was measured and placed with repeats in mind. It was secured with staples to the rear of the headboards. The rounded corners got
three very small pleats to make the curve.
We then added our bias welting. We chose a larger size. The standard one would get lost behind the large amount of foam and batting.

Next we used curve ease to cover the back of the headboards.
We chose a neutral Cotton duck. It will provide a sturdy background. One placed in the curvease, a rubber mallet with a cloth on it does wonders for getting all on smoothly.
Here is our finished product in the studio. In home pictures will come soon. They also got matching bedskirts in an ivory lined cotton with a small trim in the Lee Joffa print.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You did a great job, Elisa! I'm sure they will look wonderful in the client's home. I see you're back to Fire Island again! Hopefully, the weather will clear up and make the trip a bit more pleasant.

Peg said...

Awesome job! I just love these headboards...