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Old 11-30-2013, 06:07 AM   #15
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Thanks for the great ideas

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Old 11-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #16
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We use a long body pillow as a headboard, and push it up against the curved outside wall at the head of the bed. The one below is similar:

200-Thread Count 20'' x 54'' Body Pillow -

The pillow length pretty much matches the width of the mattress; so with a decorative cover, it looks like was designed to be part of the bed.

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Old 11-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #17
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In our PanAmerica we have gone with a rustic cabin motif. We sourced an old toboggan measuring the width of the bed for the headboard. We recovered the original pad with fabric which matches our bedding. Also cut a piece of glass to fit the curved front part. Since it is mounted longways on the wall this becomes a night table. Very nifty invention if I say so myself..... keeps the body parts warm against cold inner skin.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:39 PM   #18
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sounds cool (warm?) can you post a pic?
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:41 PM   #19
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The body pillow is a great idea.

I use Command Hooks for virtually everything - as opposed to riveting in snaps. They can be repositioned and removed without leaving a mark - good for trading in if you ever decide to. If you're below a window you could always hold the pillow in place by making ties or velcro tabs that go around the lower rod. Handy to remove and wash the cover that way.

The pillow idea may not be great for the really tall people who are on the verge of hanging off the end of the bed. I recently got a scrap of one inch thick foam rubber - 16 inches by 55 inches - which I simply laid against the wall. It worked but looked kinda ugly and trailer-trashy so I covered the front and sides with some nice mocha colored fleece material. I lapped it about 2 inches over onto the back side - so the foam doesn't shift easily on the wall. It looks neatly finished and fleece doesn't ravel, so I actually just safety pinned it at the corners (pins on the inside) and set it at the head of the bed. I meant to sew it later but what the heck. It looks tailored and fits well - and when I get bored with the color I'll take it off and replace it with something else. Maybe leopard?

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Old 11-30-2013, 06:06 PM   #20
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #21
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Our MH came with a headboard. It just a frame made of 1 x 2 wood with 1/4" plywood. It had the 2 outside plus 3 more vertical 1 x 2 pieces plus the top & bottom pieces. The plywood was screwed into the frame on the bed side of the frame (like sheetrock). The frames width is the same as your mattress. The height was from the mattress support to the bottom of the window. This gave us about 7" above the mattress. The headboard had a small amount (1/4") of padding. Kinda like the thin stuff put over the foam when reupholstering a chair cushion. The padding and material wrapped around the frame. Then this was attached with a staplegun from behind. There was wood cleats attached to the wall just under the top board of the frame on either side. 2 screws were used to attach the top frame to these cleats. Use small washers to prevent the screws from tearing the fabric. Predrill the holes on the top board before covering with fabric. This way all you have to do is push the screws through the fabric when installing. Screw heads and washers can be painted to blend in with the fabric. Heavy duty, stain resistant, possibly upholstery material should be used as you won't be able to just take it off & toss into the washing machine. The bottom was just held in place by the mattress. I can't show photos as we removed it a 2 years ago.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:33 PM   #22
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Cheap, Quick, Easy Fix

After waking-up most winter mornings looking like this.....

....a dollar-store car windshield sunscreen plunked between the bed and wall helped a lot.

Matches the metallic theme too!....

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:18 PM   #23
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We have been using the couch cushion for our headboard. It works great for sitting up in bed, as the couch cushion is really 2 cushions. Keeping the cushions together, the smaller cushion creates a buffer space for the larger cushion- which basically allows you to sit up in bed and work on a laptop, watch tv, etc., without crushing the curtains and window. The downside is that even though I am less then 6', the extra width of the 2 cushions pushes my feet off the end of the bed.

Anyways- this week I am working from Key West, FL, and don't have to worry about a cold head :-)

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