I know it might be silly, but this little headboard in all it's budget-friendly glory is probably my favorite thing in my house right now. I mean, it's striped for heaven's sake. Anyway, let me explain what it started as. This is a $20 desk top from IKEA. It's called the Linnmon and it comes in a few different colors. When we first bought it, I made this desk from it:
The desk served me well for about three years but we decided to make my office/craft room into more of an extended family room with toy storage because TOYS WERE EVERYWHERE, so I no longer had a place for the desk. I had been wanting a headboard for my guest room for a while and one day I decided to measure the desktop to see if it would fit. Low and behold, it is the exact right size for a Queen mattress!
(Because I know people will ask - the exact dimensions of the IKEA Linnmon table top are:
Length: 39 ⅜ "
Width: 23 ⅝ "
Height: 29 ⅛ "
How to make it:
After I disassembled my desk, I had the top. I decided I wanted to add stripes, but didn't want to paint.
I decided to use easy stripe tape from Walls Need Love! I used the 1" white tape. It was kind of time consuming to put it on because I had to keep measuring all down the line as I taped it down. It's vinyl so it's really easy to reposition when you need to. BUT it wasn't hard. I think it took me about 3 hours total, but that's with a lot of interruptions from my 2 year old!
Since I wanted even stripes, I measured 1 inch of space in between each easy stripe piece.
Once I finished that, my husband helped me drill 1x4's to the back of it.
To attach the headboard to the wall, we drilled the boards to the wall.
TA DA! This was really a quick and easy Saturday project and it has made a world of difference in how this room looks and feels! If you add up all the materials - the desk top, the easy stripe tape (I used 1.5 rolls) and the boards, the cost comes out to about $45!
Isn't it so fun? Here are a few of the things I used to decorate if you want to get the look!
This headboard is so great for anyone on a budget - you could even do this for a dorm room or first apartment!
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