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Fabric Headboards

Commitment issues. Everybody has some type of commitment issues, whether it be committing to a relationship, committing to a job, committing to a diet, committing to a workout routine, committing to cleaning the house, and I could go on and on. I personally tend to have commitment issues when it comes to interiors. Which is why my favorite designs have beautiful neutrals, combined with different textures and the real punches of color come from the accents and accessories (also known as the low-commitment pieces). Case in point:  I likeadore, okay, I kinda love the interior below (Please note the neutral pieces, lightly tinted walls and punchy accents).

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Accents are typically the items that are relatively inexpensive, and when you become ready for a change, you can switch them out with something else. Which brings me to the hanging fabric headboard. Decorative textiles can make a statement in a space and can be an inexpensive alternative to a great piece of art. And if you get bored of this said-textile, then you can swap it out, and re-use your textile as a throw for a chair, a table cloth, etc. etc. Talk about Reduce (cost that is), Reuse, and Recycle (future kids costume or donation?).

So if this is something that interests you, I’d like to offer up a few guidelines for installing a hanging fabric headboard.

1. SIZE.

Ideally the textile is at least the width of your bed. It creates more drama, creates more of a statement and prevents it from looking, well, puny.

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**For an even bigger statement, you could also use a textile that can runs the height of your wall. Be sure to provide for a few extra inches at the bottom so it can be hidden behind the mattress.

2. HANGING METHODS.

You can install a curtain rod (like in the image below) and sew a secure loop so the fabric can wrap around the curtain. If you decide to use this method, be cognizant of the depth of your curtain rod and how far it comes out from the wall.

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If you already have a headboard, but are either bored with it or are looking for something fun and new, you can drape the fabric around your existing headboard and voila!, you have a revived headboard.

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Or if you have a sturdy fabric (like the rug that is used below), then you can use small nails to nail the fabric directly to the wall (I call this the Lazy-Man’s Approach), or if your fabric is more delicate, then you can sew in hooks on both ends (and the middle too) and hang it up just like you would a piece of art.

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3. STYLE AND TYPE.

The options are endless, whether you hang up a Kantha quilt, a vintage Kilim rug, a contemporary wool blanket, etc., etc. Just be sure that the colors and patterns blend well with your interior. For example, this busy and colorful pattern plays nicely with the other bold details and accessories in this bedroom…

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And this simple and contemporary, striped, wool blanket is a nice complement to the understated neutrals in this space.  P.S. Find this Millenium Point Blanket (pictured below) from The Bay here.

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What do you think, do you suffer from interior commitment phobia like I do? Would you consider trying out a fabric headboard?? And not to change the subject, but speaking of making commitments, do you volunteer anywhere?!?

My husband and I were talking the other day about how we would love to volunteer more and get more involved in our community. We support different organizations each year, but have not been able to donate as much time as we would like. So we are going to search out volunteer opportunities in our area and any suggestions are welcomed! The only place I volunteer now is at the Ronald McDonald House where I cook dinner with friends.

This past Monday was our last night cooking at the Lincoln Park RMH because they are moving into the new RMH near Lurie Children’s in Streeterville (which will be the World’s Largest RMH!, and if you are interested, you can donate here).  So we took a (blurry) photo of our last night cooking there on Monday night…

So anyways, back to my commitment questions, 1. do you think fabric headboards would work in your home to allow flexibility?, and 2. do you currently commit to any volunteering opportunities or have suggestions for organizations to look into??

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2 thoughts on “Fabric Headboards

  1. Beautiful pictures and a great idea to give the bedroom a personal touch. Flexibility is always good even if I don’t need it. Being creative has made me realise how easy you can change something again if you don’t like it any more.

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