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    The bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in the home. Yours should embrace you in a feeling of serenity each time you enter the room. You’ll be amazed how small touches, like an area rug or decorative lamps with soft lighting, can make a big room feel just the right size for comfort. Get cozy with new decorating ideas, fall color and simple updates to bring out the warmth and beauty of your bedroom.

How to

How-To

SCALLOPED HEADBOARD

You'll be amazed at how this project will make your bedroom feel more spacious. Just follow these instructions to build your new headboard.

Skill Level:
Advanced
Time:
8 hours
  • Step 1

    Cut your headboard to the width of your bed. Then, measure lengthwise and mark the center of your headboard.

    Standard bed width measurements:

    - Twin: 39 inches
    - Full: 54 inches
    - Queen: 60 inches
    - King: 76 inches

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 1
  • Step 2

    Pick one of the top corners, and mark a spot. Measure 24 inches down from that corner.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 2
  • Step 3

    Go to the center mark at the top of your headboard and measure down 10 inches. This is going to be the center of the arc.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 3
  • Step 4

    Tie a piece of string to a pencil and hold the string down where you just made the 10-inch mark. Then, starting at the center mark, draw a semi-circle.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 4
  • Step 5

    Starting at the end of your semi-circle, draw a 5-inch straight line toward the side of your plywood.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 5
  • Step 6

    Now you are going to make an arc that is reversed from the first arc. Hold the string attached to the pencil at the top of the plywood. Draw an arc from the end of the straight line to the 24-inch mark on the side.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 6
  • Step 7

    Using a jigsaw, cut out the design on half of the headboard.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 7
  • Step 8

    Make a cardboard template from your cuts and trace it on the other side, so it will match.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 8
  • Step 9

    Add two 1x4-inch legs to the back of your headboard to achieve your desired finished height.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 9
  • Step 10

    Paint the headboard all over, then tape off a 3-inch border, and paint the border with metallic paint.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 10
  • Step 11

    Install the headboard on your bed.

    DIY Scalloped Headboard step 11
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How to

How-To

NOOK DESK

Turn a bedroom nook into a useful space. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Skill Level:
Advanced
Time:
4 hours
  • Step 1

    Measure the width and depth of the area where you will build your desk. Subtract 1/8 inch off the width and 3/4 inch off the depth. Cut the plywood to this size. The 3/4 inch will allow for the wood trim on the front and the 1/8 inch will give you clearance side to side.

    DIY Nook Desk step 1
  • Step 2

    Figure out the height you want the top to be then subtract the thickness of the plywood and any glass or acrylic that you're going to add. The most common desk heights are between 28 inches and 30 inches. Mark the height on the wall for all four corners of the desk, then attach a corbel in each location with screws. If possible, screw each corbel into a stud. If that's not possible, be sure to use wall anchors.

    DIY Nook Desk step 2
  • Step 3

    Lay the plywood top onto the four corbels.

    DIY Nook Desk step 3
  • Step 4

    Screw the top on to the corbels. The screws can be counter sunk and then filled with wood filler to create a smooth top.

    DIY Nook Desk step 4
  • Step 5

    Cut the 1x2 to fit the front edge of the desk, and install it with finishing nails. Counter sink the nails and fill with wood filler.

    DIY Nook Desk step 5
  • Step 6

    Sand smooth and paint the desk.

    DIY Nook Desk step 6
  • Step 7

    Enjoy your cozy new desk.

    DIY Nook Desk step 7
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