Hello! I'm new to these forums but so glad I found them! Everyone seems to be a wealth of experience and knowledge!
I'm looking for some advise on making headboards. Instead of using particle board or MDF I will be using large Styrofoam board, the kind you get from Home Depot. (I don't tolerate MDF or particle board's well because of the glues used in them, the 'off-gasing' of the chemicals used gives me headaches). I have seen in a magazine a great example of someone using Styrofoam (as a base), upholstery batting and fabric. I think I might use foam, then upholstery batting for added cushioning. The upside is that the headboard is very light, and will cost under $75 to make! (I'm also going to put buttons on it).
My dilemma is while I can find foam boards that are wide enough for the bed (a queen) I cannot find boards that are both wide enough AND tall enough to go from the base board up to the desired height. Would it look really awful to have the headboard sticking an inch out of each side of the bed without going all the way down to the baseboards? I hope to have the board start a few inches below the mattress top.
I could normally mask this with side tables, but the new apartment I will only have one side table by the wall, and thought it might look tacky on the edge of the bed that you can see in the room. I've done a really simple picture of the room so you can see what mean (birds eye view).
What do you think?