Friday, June 25, 2010

Totaling Up The Costs: The Headboard Wall


So what did it cost to make the headboard wall? A few of you have asked and I'm not above talking money...why is it such a prickly subject?! You'll see that the savings, compared to what a similar headboard would cost at retail, may inspire you to consider taking on such a project yourself. And even better, these costs are for a headboard reaching up to a total height of 95 inches! A normal headboard could be half this height, with nearly half the cost. All costs are rounded up for my convenience, I don't want to go dig out the receipts. But trust me, I have a good memory for numbers.



Fabric: Bocce, from Calico Corners, $210 for 6 yards
Batting: $30 for 6 yards, 90" wide (purchased with 50% off JoAnn coupon)
Two Inch High Density Foam: Four 2'x7' pieces, $130 (also purchased with 50% off JoAnn coupons)
800 Pieces of Nail Head Trim: $35
Plywood, Four 1x4's, Construction Glue & Staples: $60

Grand Total: $465~

Nearly half the cost went to fabric, and here I didn't skimp. If you were to create an average size headboard using one sheet of plywood, and find a deal on fabric, this cost could go down significantly!

Have a wonderful weekend...and as hard as it might be for you to believe, I will not be working on any DIY projects. Instead we will be celebrating my birthday!

38 comments :

  1. Happy nd thanks for the pricing insight! Looks gorgeous!

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  2. The headboard looks absolutely stunning - congratulations! And, of course, happy birthday and enjoy the weekend!!!

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  3. The headboard looks absolutely stunning - congratulations! And, of course, happy birthday and enjoy the weekend!!!

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  4. Have your self a wonderful and blessed Birthday!! I'll be celebrating Victoria's Birthday too!!

    Agnes

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful birthday weekend!

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  6. I love that headboard. It's Simply gorgeous.

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  7. P.S. Nailheads and other supplies are cheaper if you get them directly from an upholstery supply. I get 1000pcs for $13 locally.

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  8. Great tip Tonia!! Thanks, let's bring that cost down even more...:)
    Janel

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  9. Beautiful job, Janell! It definitely looks way more expensive than what you spent on it! Again, a fantastic project.

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  10. What?! Wow, that is a great price! I found a bed at Havertys that is similar to the colette bed from C&B and it was $800. I'm really going to consider this option now. One question: Would you come to Atlanta and do it for me?!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Janell! I hope its a great one!

    BTW, I put a picture of one of the panels hung at the window on twitter;-)

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  11. Oh...no...pictures on twitter? Something else I'm going to have to learn how to do!! I looked, they look GREAT!! Janell

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  12. I'm celebrating my birthday this weekend too!
    I'm using your tutorial to recover a lampshade. Wish me luck!

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  13. Thanks for sharing! It always helps to get budget ideas. Have a wonderful birthday! I guess all of your faithful follwers, we will let you have the time off. ha!

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  14. Mission acomplish and yeah, if you happen to go to Atlanta, Ms Duncan let me know she have fan here too:)

    Happy Birthday Janell! hope you have a fun filled day.

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your break.

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  15. Your finished project is gorgeous. By shopping around to find a good price on fabric you could complete the project for less too. I had no idea that high density foam was so costly though.

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  16. Very cost effective - You really created an outstanding high quality piece at an affordable price.

    Have a super birthday! Make sure to celebrate

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  17. This is my first time leaving a comment on your blog, but I've been admiring it from afar for months now. I've got to tell you, that your headboard is the most fabulous project I've seen in the design blogosphere perhaps ever! Thank you for sharing your creative genius with us and for helping to inspire those of us who aren't diy-ers to even consider giving it a try!

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  18. Happy Birthday J! That headboard is worth every penny and all the hard work you did. It looks amazing!

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  19. love how it turned out! and that's a bargain I would say! it makes a huge statement in your room and looks just stunning! : )

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  20. Happy Birthday! You deserve a break after all that work. It's absolutely gorgeous!

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  21. Janell of course it is so gorgeous and thanks so much for sharing the details!!

    Invitation to join my Designer Giveaway, I think you will like it!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  22. I can't believe the cost!! Definitely considering this option for my own house!

    Have a great birthday!!!!

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  23. Isn't it crazy how expensive foam and batting is?!?! I almost fell over when I bought some for a headboard I made 2 years ago. Your is WELL worth the $465 it cost, and looks much more expensive. LOVE IT!

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  24. Are you worried that when you move or want to take down the headboard that you will have to spend money on repairing the drywall since it was liquid nailed? Hubby said if we do this we could screw it to the wall from the top & bottom of the headboard. Also wanted to know if you will just use a standard metal bed frame up to it or if you have somme other clever idea?

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  25. That's a great price, Janell -- you'd easily pay 2x that to have it done custom and probably even more to get it retail.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  26. I am so, so inspired by this project. Although I love my current bed, I might do one for my daughter or guest room.

    When might we see a picture of the whole bed setup??

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  27. I love your headboard!!! I am considering making one for a bedroom in our house, but don't quite have the time. But, can I ask where you got your decorative nails from?

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  28. The nail head trim was purchased online at www.beaconfabric.com, though one comment above suggested visiting your local upholstery store to find even a better deal.

    Moving & Drywall repair: First of all, my family has clearly stated to me that I can not move us again anytime soon. (My past habit has been every two to three years, as the house is complete!) However, plans have a way of changing, so I asked a drywall guy about the issue prior to using the glue. The answer on how difficult it would be to repair the walls made me comfortable with gluing the board to the wall.

    However, there are many other ways to attach a headboard to a wall, so don't feel limited by my approach!!

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Janell!!! Mine is next Thursday(July 1st). I'll be 31-my how time flies!
    -Sara

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  30. How funny - this had crossed my mind but I was far too British to ask!
    I'm actually surprised the total wasn't more; the fabric in particular was more reasonable than I was expecting.
    Happy Birthday!!

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  31. Well after that headboard project you deserve a rest! Happy Birthday to you, have a great time celebrating!

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  32. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday weekend Janell. LOVE the headboard.
    Jxx

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  33. Happy Happy Birthday dear! Have a wonderful time with the ones you love!

    Love your designs and love this headboard!!

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  34. Hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!! Thanks again for your gift you give all of us with your lovely blog.
    Cheers!
    Maureen

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  35. Happy Birthday Janell! Hope you have a great weekend celebration. And when you are finished at Lakeisha's, you can come see me. I'm just up the road a bit. :)

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  36. Happy Birthday and you totally inspire me. Enjoy the day.
    Zizette

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  37. Happy Birthday Janell!! I hope that you had a great day!

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