Monday, January 21, 2013

Dorm Room Decorating - Headboard

The Making of a Dorm Headboard

headboard/decorating your dorm room

Decorating a dorm room depends on several factors....
what you start with is a biggie....
and how important the space is going to be to you is probably another.

Emily wanted to be comfortable and
she  started with this.....
which made our decorating challenge all about the bed.
(Click on the image if you want to see the entire room in its before state)

The easiest and most fun fix was to design a headboard.
Of course dorm room decorating is also about budget.....
We aleady had  a few scraps of material and some old cushions
which meant that we only needed to pick up a small piece of plywood.

Nothing fancy yet.....
et voila ready to go...

We also had an old  bed skirt that helped to give the bed a more cozy feel....

AND of course as with all dorm rooms there can be a need for some creative thinking,
which  in the end led us to design an extra shelf behind her headboard...
It also means she can now lean back against her headboard without it moving.

We needed to install a small brace at the bottom as well.

Of course a cold tile floor is not too nice to wake up to, 
so the addition of a little micro-fibe knotty rug took care of that problem...

along with some cushions on the bed....
and she was all set.

But it does not stop there,
Here is a peek at what is happening on the other side of the room.... (click for more)

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À Bientôt


  1. Wow Donna - it's just gorgeous!!!
    What a pretty little retreat you created!

  2. Wow, this looks great Donna! I bet the other girls in the dorm are gonna be jealous. I love the headboard and fabric and look forward to seeing the rest of the decor. Beautiful job!!

  3. She will not want to leave her cozy bed! It really is delightful without being too 'cutsy'...her dorm mates will be envious.

  4. I love it! SO sweet and feminine!

  5. You go girl on turning that barracks into a charming girl's retreat! The headboard is a great idea for both looks and usefulness.

  6. Wow! What a great idea and how pretty, I love what you did! It really made the space look cozy and cute!

  7. Such a fun post. I will forward this onto my niece who will be heading off to school in the fall. Thanks for sharing


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