How to make a hessian bedhead

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This is a really fun and easy way to change up your bedroom on the cheap. All you need are a few materials and some nifty know-how and you’re good to go.

Tools and materials

2 x leather belts (you can pick these up at a charity shop)

Bench cushion

Curtain rod

Curtain rod brackets

Curtain rod end caps

Eye protection

Dust mask

Drill (including Philips head drill bit)

Hessian fabric


Measuring tape


Safety pins


Stud finder

Spray contact adhesive

Wallmates (if needed)


1. Choose your cushion

Head in store and choose an outdoor cushion that suits the size of your bed – there are stacks of options to choose from in the outdoor furniture aisle at your local store. A standard-sized outdoor bench cushion is perfect for a queen-size bed. Remove your cushion cover (it should just zip off) and set aside – you won’t need this.


2. Measure and cut fabric

You can use any fabric for this bed head – we’re using hessian, which is super cheap and easy to work with. Measure and cut your fabric so it can wrap around the cushion twice, or so it provides enough coverage for the bedhead. Trim off any excess fabric.


3. Stick your fabric together

We used contact adhesive to stick our material together – just spray it on in a well-ventilated area. After you’ve done this, turn the fabric over and turn the edges in like you’re wrapping a present – keep it tight – we don’t want the fabric looking messy. Once you’ve done this you can stick your edges down too using that spray adhesive.


4. Secure with safety pins

While your glue dries, and to provide an extra secure attachment, use safety pins to fix the folded-down edges – don’t worry, you won’t see these.


5. Attach your belts

Grab your two belts and buckle them over the fabric at each end. Make sure the buckles are at the back of your bed head – these are what your bed head is going to hang from when it’s on your wall.


6. Attach your curtain hangers

Measure your bedhead from the ceiling down and mark the point on the wall you’d like it to hang – do the same for the other side too. If you’re working with plaster, you’ll need to use a stud finder to locate and find the wall studs – this is where you’ll be drilling. If you can’t locate any near where you’d like to hang your bedhead use a wallmate, drilled flush to the wall. When drilling, don’t forget to wear eye protection.


7. Line everything up

Before drilling in the second hanger make sure the rod is hanging straight – use a level for this (when the bubbles are at the centre, you’re good to go). Once this is done, drill in your second hanger.


8. Hang your hessian bed head and attach end caps

The last bit is the most fun – hang your belted bedhead on its rod and thread through the hanging brackets. Once this is done just attach your end caps – these will protect your wall and stop your bedhead dropping off at one end! And – you’re done!


9. Admire your handiwork!

This hessian bed head is a simple but stylish way to add interest to your room, providing a beautiful focal point you can take with you if you move! What’s not to love about that?

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