How to Repair Warped Wood Headboards

Adding wood headboards to a bed is a great way to add to the aesthetics of the room while also serving the practical purpose of increasing storage capacity. It is an established fact that wood headboards add a touch of elegance and antique beauty to the room. However, caring for wooden headboards can be quite a responsibility as wood has a tendency to warp. Warping happens when one portion of the wooden furniture is subjected to excess moisture while the other part doesn’t receive any. As a result of this, the wood becomes bent and distorted, causing the piece of furniture to look misshaped and unattractive. Repairing warped wood is possible at home depending upon the degree of damage done. Sometimes when the entire furniture piece has become too warped it will need to be replaced. However, if the damage done is controllable and fixable one can easily add to the lost moisture and manipulate the wood back into its intended shape.

Materials Needed for Fixing Warped Wood

  • Iron
  • Steamer
  • Damp cloth
  • Sheets of paper towels
  • Heavy items to add pressure
  • Clamps

Step 1: Remove the Headboard

To be able to fix the warped wood of the headboard correctly one will have to remove the headboard. If the headboard in question is made up of different pieces or cubes assembled together and it is possible to detach them then one should do so as it is easier to tackle smaller pieces than to try and fix the whole thing together at one go. The size of the piece in question is the greatest determining factor in how much repair work is needed and how long it will take to shift the wood back to its original position.

Step 2: Using the Paper Towels

Take the paper towel sheets and moisten them with a minimal amount of water. Lay them on the ground according to the sizes of the headboard pieces. Take each individual piece of the warped headboard and lay it on a segment of the paper towel sheets. The headboard pieces should be placed on the towels upside down.

Step 3: Applying the Pressure

The wood needs to be put under a certain degree of pressure to be able to take in the moisture from the paper towels. This pressure can be supplied by putting heavy objects on top of the wooden pieces when they are placed onto the moistened towels. The pressure will cause the headboard to sink deeper into the towels and take in more moisture.

Step 4: Ironing the Wood

Take some towels and wet them and place them on the warped surface of the head board. Using a warm iron apply heat to the wet towel. The heat from the iron will cause the wet towel to release steam and moisture which when it comes into contact with the warped wooden surface will cause the wood to soften and begin to straighten out.

Step 5: Using the Steamer

The steamer is a useful tool as it can be used to direct large amounts of steam to a greater surface of the headboard. Using the clamps one can fix some heavy objects onto the headboard for continued pressure while one runs the steamer over the surface. The clamped objects should be fixed into place for a number of days for extended pressure.

Step 6: Continuing the Process

The above steps can be repeatedly used and the steamer and iron should be continuously utilized to unbend the wood. With time and pressure the warped wood will straighten out and once the surface is smooth once again you can place the headboard back over the bed.