Dorm Room Decorating Ideas: Turn a College Fleece Blanket into a Headboard

This University or College Fleece blankets Upholstered Headboard is the perfect way to decorate a dorm room on a budget. I love those super soft fleece blankets they sell in the campus bookstore with your university’s school letters on them. You can also find fleece blankets with college mascots on them. Either one will work for this dorm room decorating idea.

University or College Fleece blankets are such a wonderful and cozy material and perfect for this craft project. Many people often receive these University or College Fleece as gifts when they start college. So, try making this simple University or College Fleece blankets headboard and keeping those fleece blankets useful for as long as possible.

Making a University or College Fleece blankets upholstered headboard is an easy weekend project you can make all by your self to fit any sized bed.

Use your favorite University or College Fleece blankets to make this simple upholstered headboard.

You can complete this University or College Fleece blankets project in one day, for less than $100.

To Make an Upholstered University or College Fleece blankets Head Board You Will Need:

MDF (1 Piece, sizes described below)

Jig Saw

Foam

University or College Fleece blanket

Staple Gun

Screws

Flat L brackets

Spray adhesive

The first step is to cut your MDF to size. I recommend letting the professionals at the home improvement store make these cuts for you. They only charge 25 cents a cut!

My measurements are merely recommendations for a University or College Fleece blankets bed headboard. You can easily change the dimensions of this headboard for a twin, full, or king-sized bed based on the size of your bed.

Cut one piece of MDF to these specific measurements:

Measure how wide your bed is.

Now, have the MDF cut to the largest square possible to match the width of your dorm room bed. You can always make it larger if your want though!

You need at least one of these, but you can make it as wide or as tall as you want.

Now, cut a piece of foam to fit each of the piece of MDF exactly. You can buy sheets of foam at any fabric store. To save time you can as them to cut it. You can also easily cut it at home using an electric knife.

Lay your pieces of MDF outside on a flat work surface. Spray each piece lightly with a strong adhesive spray. Lay the corresponding foam piece on the MDF and press it into place. The spray adhesive with hold it in place so it does not ever move.

Now, cut your University or College Fleece blankets out to a square that is about three inches wider and taller than your MDF square.

Lay the University or College Fleece blankets square face down on a clean flat work surface. You want the pattern you want to see laying down on the table.

Lay the corresponding piece of MDF and foam down on the back of the University or College Fleece blankets square. The foam should be touching the back of the blanket square.

Start in the middle of each side. Pull the blanket up and over the back of the MDF. Use a staple gun to attach it in place. If you are worried about damaging the University or College Fleece blankets you can use upholstery tacks and also play around with not cutting it.

Do the middle of each of the four sides first. Pull the University or College Fleece blankets in taunt each time. Evenly work your way out from the center staples. Do the four corners last. To make them neat practice folding them over like you is wrapping a package. Once you have the right look staple the corner fabric into place.

Repeat this process on all of the pieces of the University or College Fleece blankets headboard.

Now, once all of your blanket piece is covered you need to lay it face down on a clean work surface.

Screw in picture hanging hooks onto the left and right sides of the back of the upholstered University or College Fleece blankets headboard. If you are making this exceptionally large, bigger than the recommended dimensions here, use heavy weight picture hanging hooks. The hooks should be installed about four inches in from the left and right side of the headboard. They should be about 2 inches down from the top of this piece.

Install you screws into the wall and hang your upholstered University or College Fleece blankets headboard.

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