New house = new furniture, I wish at least. My headboard since college has been a not-so-lovely bookshelf/headboard combo. I donated mine before taking a picture, but it was very similar to this. Although mine had the added bonus of a spray painted gold h on the side! It was wayyy past time for a grown up bed. I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, and I also knew my budget meant I would have to make it.
I of course love the ever popular Colette, but decided to add a slight wing more like this picture.
You will need:
plywood (varies depending on bed size)
3-4 yards of fabric
I am all right brain and was ready to just free hand the shape, but my smart Daddy came up with a much better idea. We put a nail at the bottom of the headboard in the middle and attached a string. Then tied a loop in the other end of the string. The string serves as a giant compass so you get an even arch. You can adjust the amount of arch by changing the string length or moving the nail.
One point for the left brainers!
My advice is to go slightly more dramatic with the arch. Once you add batting and fabric, the lines are really softened.
We then added support to the back with 2x4s and to give it more height.
The back should be upholstered first.
Then the sides.