A while back I found myself obsessed with French seam mattress cushions. A bit weird of a thing to be obsessed with, but I loved their look. The French seam adds a lovely detail to ordinary fabrics that is subtle but just makes the item look more tailored. A bit fancy… how French?

So as I’ve been drafting up ideas for upholstering our bed, or making floor pouffes, I keep coming back to the idea of French seams.

Right now, I am thinking of making a sort of bed slipcover for our white MALM storage bed frame. Something that won’t involve taking the whole thing apart, but will make it look like I did. 😉 In the end it’ll look sort of like this bed but with French seams all along the edges.

Restoration Hardware bed frame

I figure I can add some plywood to make the headboard taller, then pad it with foam and batting. After that, I’ll make a bed skirt to cover the base and a fitted cover for the headboard. I may even make them all one piece, but I’m unsure as of yet. Does that make sense? The headboard will have seams all around like the one below.

french seam headboard inspiration

My original inspiration came from this bed’s headboard. Then when I was googling more inspiration, I came across some photos of headboards with simple bed skirts, and my idea was realized. It’ll be easier than trying to upholster each piece of the bed frame, and then put it all back together.

Nate Berkus French seam headboard

After that, I want to make a couple floor pouffes like the ones in Orlando Soria’s last apartment. They look super easy, I just have to find the right linen fabric.

So what do you think? Are you as into French seams as I am these days? What about these gorgeous ottomans and sofas?

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