Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard

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If you follow along on Facebook, you’ll know that I was debating between getting a toddler bed and a twin for Miss E. Well, thanks to all of your feedback, I decided to go straight to a twin. I had a pretty specific vision in mind on how I wanted the bed to look. I was originally going to build the entire frame myself until I stumbled upon a really basic twin bed frame on Craigslist for $30 and it was the exact base I was looking for. It’s really similar to this one from Ikea.

Basic Ikea Bed Transforamtion with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

So today, I’m showing you how I transformed a basic $30 Ikea Frame using paint and adding a DIY Tufted Headboard. I have to say, it is exactly what I envisioned for her room and I am SO excited out it.

Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

What a huge transformation! And to think the whole frame only cost me about $100.

Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

I started by painting the entire frame in Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint. I did this while the frame was disassembled. I did two coats to get the look I wanted and then sealed it in Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Already a huge transformation right there! White just makes everything better :)

Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

I have always wanted to make a DIY Tufted Headboard and this was the perfectly opportunity. I have to say I think the hardest part was making the buttons! My dad helped me make the headboard and I have to say it was much easier with two people. It helped to have someone hold it in place while tightening the tensity of the buttons and to have an extra set of eyes with placement. Since this was my first time making a headboard, I relied on tutorials from Thrifty Decor Chick and The Steen Style.

Here’s My Tip: Foam can be incredibly expensive at the craft store. If I were to buy the exact size I needed for this project, it would have cost me about $35 for a 2ft X 3ft piece. Instead, I found a 6ft foam camping mat at the grocery store for $19, and I only used half of it. That was a huge savings for me. I also used peg board instead of plywood for two reasons 1) it was cheaper 2) the holes were already there so I didn’t have to do any drilling.

Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

The beautiful duvet cover was made by my mom. She is an amazing seamstress and I always pull her into sewing projects when she has time! You might remember this fabric, it is actually what we used as a backdrop for Miss E’s 1st Birthday party! While planning the party way back when, I knew that I wanted to use the fabric in her ‘big girl’ room one day and it worked out to be the perfect size for her bed. And to top things off, Miss E has been asking for a ‘pink bed’ ever since we started talking about her new room. She absolutely LOVES it.

The fabric is from Hobby Lobby and it only cost me about $20 since it was on sale at the time. Since they don’t carry the pink anymore (such a bummer, but they do have black and cream now), my mom lined it with a white flat sheet. It looks great and it actually helped it from slipping off. So the total cost of the duvet cover was only $30.

Upcycled Ikea Bed with DIY Tufted Headboard via @tarynatddd

The room is slowly coming together. I have a lot more to do before I feel like it is exactly the way I envisioned, but it’s been really fun to see how excited Miss E about every new piece that goes into it. She is absolutely loving it.

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses primarily on DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds, using what’s on hand and transforming dollar store finds. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn son.


  1. says

    So pretty, Taryn! I love your tips – I never thought to buy a camping bed – foam is expensive! And Miss E’s bedding is gorgeous, I love that it was used for her first birthday too – has a sentimental touch!

  2. JaneEllen says

    Wow that is so terrific, so glad you found the frame with headboard for such a great price. Your Mom is one seamstress. That cover is incredible, she is so good. Glad your little gal was happy with her bed and new cover. Good idea to go to a twin, makes them feel better about their bed. You’ve done such a great job making her big girl room all you wanted it to be. Did that help to pass the time til new baby comes? Love that padded headboard.

  3. says

    It turned out beautiful! I am thinking about doing an upholstered headboard for my daughters “big girl” room as well! It seems so nice and cushy for the little ones! I’m sure E just loves her new girly bed!


  4. says

    That looks so cute! I think we have that exact bed frame. We got it two years ago for my son and I still haven’t painted it…aaaah! Maybe I’ll wait till we have a girl so I can make it pretty :)

  5. says

    Amazing job! I would love to include this in a roundup I am putting together, which will be posted on my blog. I will just grab a picture and give you a link back. If you’d prefer that I didn’t use this project, please email me at nancy.verly@gmail.com

  6. says

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like youu wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a ffew pics tto drive the message home a bit, but oyher
    than that, this is great blog. An excellent read.
    I’ll definitely be back.


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