Headboard Design 101: How I Am Embracing My Inner Designer with My Moms Headboard
Design: to plan and make decisions about (something that is being built or created) to create the plans, drawings, etc.
Hot Damn!! (As my daddy would say if he were here to see his little girl). According to google, I am a designer. I am no Vera Wang, but that is okay with me and it should be okay with you if that definition above declares that you are a designer. Hell, half of my own family and friends would not classify me as a designer. However, design is part of what I do as a builder and upholsterist (I made that up) and in this post you are getting a inside look at my process as I designed a headboard for my mother.
For the last 2 years, my mother has requested that I make her a headboard for her bed. However, because I've been busy trying to start and run a business, along with being a mother and wife, I hadn't got to it yet. In the beginning she wanted a farmhouse styled headboard.
This was the general inspiration for what she wanted. I was excited about this plan for her, not because it was something special for my mom, but because it was going to be easy. When I say easy, i mean in relation to my skill level at this point. To be even more transparent and real about the situation it was going to be inexpensive and quick so I could get back to paying clients. Now don't judge me!! Remember, I am on a journey of growth as a human being and as a business owner. If you are reading this and are a business owner, I'm sure you have had simular thoughts when it came to nonpaying jobs. However, because I wasn't able to get to it right away, my attitude and perspective has changed along with the plan for this headboard. I am a lot like my mother in that I hate waiting on other people before I make a move on something. So my mother has completely furnished her room and farmhouse styled it is not.
A farmhouse styled headboard would clearly be out of place in this room with the furniture that is here. Now I am being pushed to create something special for my mother. Oddly enough as I have been contemplating my approach with all potential clients, I have concluded that I want to create an experience that they are involve in and where they feel heard and understood. So this is an opportunity for me to create that unique experience for my client that happens to be my mother who is not paying me. The fact that she is not paying me is stated because in business, I have experienced and I know that others have experienced a lack of care and attention in some cases where services were discounted or free. Sawdust & Fabric will be known for consistency weather it be a paying client or none paying. With that being said, I am excited and ready for the task. The first thing I did was to consider my mothers likes and dislikes. After 37 years of being her daughter, I know that if I love it, she probably doesn't. Also, she really hasn't been able to nail down exacly what her style is. So my plan was to go by what she has purchased, create something and then sit down with her about and find out what she like and possible doesn't like about what I came up with. Design was not my major nor minor in college so my approach may be nothing like what a certified designer would do. That is OKAY!! What I knew from the jump is that it needed to add a bit more brightness to the space. Secondly there needed to be some curves to play of the mirror and contrast with the dresser and nightstands.
The goal is to creat something uniquley for my mom. Something with my own personal touch on it but satisfies her taste. I did not want to began this creative process of by searching through everyone elses creations for a source of inspiration, but organically come up with something of my own. My creative juices flow best with the TV on or some music. For this design it was the TV. There is something about the noise of the TV and the light reflections that allow me to really focus. So it was a week night after dinner, I'm downstairs with my sketch pad and pencil, the TV is on and my brain is firing of visions of different things. Then it it me after only about 15min. Almost a year ago I pinned 2 headboards on pintest that cought my attention that I had not visited in a while.
The first one is for the custom trim work. The second photo is for curves and scale. A marrying of the 2. I will be creating a template to cut and then route a similar trim design of the 1st photo, that will outline the shape and scale of the 2nd photo. For the fabric I envision an off white fabric with suddle gold accents to tie in with the bronze from the mirror and the drawer handles. The next thing to do is draw a actual scale sized template to fit to wood. I dont have any computer program or anything to calculate and map out the details for me. It will be all trial and error with a pencil, ruler, paper etc. Not quite sure how to get the curves cut out with out wasting a lot of wood. However, I will figure it out. Also, I have not found a fabric yet that fits my vision nor does my mother like any of the possible alternative choices that I have selected. My solution is to purchase plain off white fabric and add gold leafing. I'm really excited about that idea, and not so excited about the amount of time that will take. I leave you with a rough draft of my design drawing.