Decorating & Design

February 19, 2015

DIY: Graphic Woven Webbing Headboard

Reminiscent of webbed mid-century furniture and woven cane chairs, this clean-lined headboard uses basic materials to refined effect. The natural tones of the maple frame and cotton webbing bring out the earthiness in the green walls, but soft grey bedding, a sleek lamp and striped pillow keep the bedroom feeling streamlined and modern.

What you’ll need: a frame, tape and hardware.

  1. Find canvas stretcher frames at an art-supply store. Our queen-sized mattress was 60″ wide, so we used two 60″-long pieces and two 40″-high pieces. Snap them together to form
    a 40″ x 60″ rectangle.
  2. For the webbing, use 1 3⁄4″-wide cotton tape in a shade that matches your frame.
  3. Place strips of cotton tape vertically, starting 4″ in from the frame and leaving 1 3⁄4″ between each strip. Staple one end of the tape to the back of the frame, stretch tightly across the frame, then staple the other end. Place your last strip 4″ in from the other side of the frame.
  4. Space the horizontal strips the same way, starting 4″ down and leaving 1 3⁄4″ between strips. To attach, staple one end of the tape, basket-weave it through the vertical strips, stretch tightly and staple the other end.
  5. Attach picture hangers to the back of the frame and hang on the wall behind the bed.

Angus Fergusson


Stretcher frame, DeSerres; cotton tape, King Textiles; striped pillow, Elte; solid velvet pillows, Of Things Past; duvet cover, sheets, throw, Au Lit Fine Linens; artwork by Cheryl Mount, Peaks & Rafters; alarm clock, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; lamp, L’Atelier; sidetable, Biltmore Domicile; suitcase, Angus & Company; flooring, Lauzon; wall colour, Olive (13), Farrow & Ball.


House & Home October 2014 issue


Joel Bray