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Monday, February 25, 2013

To Tuft or Not To Tuft

I'm working away on my Hollywood Regency Bedroom Makeover but I'm struggling with my DIY headboard.  My original intention was to create a tufted headboard using a beautiful blue velvet, something like this one.

While doing a little research I came across another velvet headboard but this one is not tufted yet somehow I love it just as much.  I really like the nailhead trim.

Team Tufted?




Team Non-Tufted?





So which team are you on?  I really, really can't decide.  I'm thinking the non-tufted might be an easier diy project so the lazy part of me wants to do that one.

Come back tomorrow when I show you how to make things using foam core and duct tape.  Yup, I'm all glam!

22 comments:

  1. Oooh, tough choice, I love both! Lol. Maybe you can make two and switch them out? I am working on the headboard I posted last week on fb and it's not going well, I may need to not paint it and put new fabric in. Blah. Good luck with your choice, they really are both lovely.

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  2. Sign me up for team non-tufted. I think it just looks cleaner, and I'm worried all this tufting is going to die out soon. Good luck!

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  3. I vote non. Mostly because I think tufting is too much thinking and is too prone to disasters. That and I love nail head trim!

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  4. I'm team non-tufted all the way! I looove nailhead trim, and think it can add the perfect element of glam :-)
    Ummm, duct tape and foam core? Dying to see what this is all about ;-)

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  5. i am team tufted! i love both, too, but i love the glamorous frenchy tufted ones! on straight lines though i prefer non.

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  6. I am having the same dilhema! I'm also debating between a tufted or simple nailhead trim headboard- even considering the blue velvet fabric. I love the tufted look but am worried about messing it up or having it not turn out quite how I want it. So I guess I'm no help lol! Where did you get your fabric from if you don't mind me asking?

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  7. Ooo, that's a toughie. I honestly like them both equally. So, either way you win, right?

    ~Super helpful blog reader

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  8. I like them both, but I also have a lazy side that would go for non-tufted were I doing this DIY. :)

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  9. I saw the headboard on my reader and had to stop by!! Thanks for the feature...you know I am a big fan of the tufted headboard! ;)

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  10. I have a tufted bench but I live nailhead trim in headboards. Such clean lines appeal to me.

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  11. I think I'm non-tufted. I surprised myself with that one, but your images have convinced me. And, it is so much faster not to tuft :)

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  12. I love the tufted look, but not in my home. Im a non tufted person; tailored, simple and clean cut. Your examples are marvelous, and I do love how classic tufted sofas look!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  13. With velvet and DIY, I would suggest non-tufted. Tufting is tricky to get it right and if the velvet isn't durable it can tear, etc. I think nailhead trim would be fabulous. BUT tufting does lend itself to the Hollywood Regency look!

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  14. I like both looks, but there's something extra sexy about the non-tufted designs. I've been telling all my girls in the Okanagan about your new business venture - love it! xo

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  15. I love both looks, but I'd probably choose the non-tufted style. I particularily like the two sets of nailhead banding. Good luck!
    ~ Wendi

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  16. Good morning Carol this is such a great way to start my morning with a design debate......I dream of having a tufted headboard one day, oh how I love anything tufted. Thanks for the great images!

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  17. I just re-upholstered a love seat. It originally was not tufted. I learned a few things along the way, that made my job a little more difficult. Tufting in itself is not hard. Not at all. This is what I learned: Don't spend a huge amount of money on a foam driller. At first I wish I did because the hole thing was a disaster. Then, I found an aluminum pipe. I think it was like for a beach umbrella, that was broken. I sharpened the outside edge of it with a little sharpening stone. Don't worry, It was easy, I just sat in front of the TV mindlessly doing it. It was a dream come true!!!! It was so easy to make proper holes, and cost me almost nothing. Here is the thing make sure that the circle cutter is able to sink those buttons deep with all the fabric in that hole. So make sure you find online a size chart for your button hole sizes that is relative to your button. If you pull your fabric too taught on the edges your button will rise to the surface, now on a headboard this might not be a big deal because someone in not going to sit on it. The other thing is about fabric. I bought beautiful velvety panache upholstery fabric. What I learned was this: make sure there is no stretch on the bias otherwise your criss-cross pattern of pleating will sag and won't hold it's form. I realized after buying 24 meters of fabric that I should have bought a really stiff hard backed velvet. That being said, I was wanting those really defined sharp lines the tufting got, and because with a love seat you have to pull the fabric, taught it kind of defeated the purpose.

    Don't let any of this, deter you from what you want. The bright blue headboard is beautiful and it does not have those defined lines. Like I said, tufting was the easy part, I would tuft till the cows come home. Just make sure the button hole is sufficiently big enough, and your fabric is not stretchy on the bias.

    I love tufting and am on to tuft my 2nd piece of furniture with all of my mistakes behind me. Hopefully this one will turn out the way I see it in my minds eye. Good luck anyway you choose. The funny thing is tufts don't scare me but getting all those nails straight does!

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  18. Such a tough decision! If your bedding is simple (i.e. no pattern) I would go with the tufted. Otherwise I'd do the nailhead detailing. I have one with only piping that I'd like to add nailhead detailing to. I'd love to see how yours turns out before I make a decision!

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  19. I love the clean lines of the untufted version, but when I think about Hollywood Regency I think tufted. Good luck with your decision! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  20. Mine is not tufted and it would be easier, but I loooove velvet tufts. They are SO glam and so hollywood regency to me!

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  21. I would go with clean elegant untufted headboard... but again it depends what look you are after? Tough decision... Good luck! Either way is going to be amazing!

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  22. Tufted is a more feminine look, which is why in respect to my husband I am planning a nailhead non tufted headboard shortly :) If you do the tufts, it takes a long time.. and be sure to use venetian blind nylon cord to attach the buttons and not upholstery thread which WILL be sawn through by the button/backing tension over repeated weight pressed and released against it, and you will have to do it over.

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