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Old 03-26-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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I plan on using osb boards to make an upholstered headboard.

I was wondering if it is ok to use osb as a headboard (will be painted first and then covered in fabric) and if it is safe in terms of breathing and if the glue that is used on the boards is ok to use inside homes.

It is for my teenager babies bedrooms......lol


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Old 03-26-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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Glue is cured under pressure so you should be fine. All building materials outgas to some extent though. You would have similar adhesives with plywood. Of course, make sure there is no chance of moisture getting at the OSB. If you are cushioning under the fabric I would be more concerned about what adhesive you use for that the glue in plywood or OSB. And speaking out of total paranoia post December fire in the building? Make sure to treat the fabric with a fire retarding agent. Foam and fabric flash combust in a hurry.

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I would not suggest it....your going to have issues getting screws and nails to stay in it as compared to plywood...and it's reall hard to glue....
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Glue is cured under pressure so you should be fine. All building materials outgas to some extent though. You would have similar adhesives with plywood. Of course, make sure there is no chance of moisture getting at the OSB. If you are cushioning under the fabric I would be more concerned about what adhesive you use for that the glue in plywood or OSB. And speaking out of total paranoia post December fire in the building? Make sure to treat the fabric with a fire retarding agent. Foam and fabric flash combust in a hurry.
Thanks sdsester for the great information. I really appreciate it. Also for the fire retarding agent suggestion.

I will only be using a staple gun to adhere the fabric.

You are wonderful sdsester! You have great advise.
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I would not suggest it....your going to have issues getting screws and nails to stay in it as compared to plywood...and it's reall hard to glue....
Thanks for your information. I hope I can get the staples to go through. I am not planing on using any nails, and only a light spray adhesive just to hold the foam in place.
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Have you smelled OSB? It's not the greatest smelling thing, and it's going to be right next to your son's head.

I don't know if paint will seal in the smell or not. For the minimal difference in cost, I'd use plywood.
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3/4 plywood would be a far better choise.
OSB is not going to hold staples.
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The OSB I've put on walls since the 80's has always stunk, never plywood. Floors, walls and roofs- never have gotten used to the (choking) aroma from the product. Way different than plywood, go to a box store, lift a corner 1/2" high, let it down and breathe in......

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Yes, I have smelled the OSB boards and I don't like it. I was thinking that it would go away after a while?
And if I covered it with fabric that the smell would not be there.

I did not know that osb had such a gross smell. Oh, well, I guess I will trash the ones that I bought and go and purchase plywood instead, and if the staples won't go in, then I need to change it.

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You shouldn't have any problems stapling using birch plywood. It's soft enough for that, especially if you use shorter staples (1/4") and be sure to hold the gun tight to the surface when setting the staples. Also, I'd go with 1/2" plywood if excess weight is a concern, it'd more than do the trick for you. Keep a tack hammer handy just in case a staple does not go far enough..... and use longer staples for multiple layers of fabric, of course.

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Thanks danger. I am going to go with 1/2 inch. The piece will measure 56 X 36 inches. I hope it's not that heavy.
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We made one out of OSB for our King bed last summer. It turned out awesome. Used an air stapler to attach the batting and fabric. No problems in nearly a year now. No smell whatsoever either. I'd suggest it as it is far cheaper than ply.
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We made one out of OSB for our King bed last summer. It turned out awesome. Used an air stapler to attach the batting and fabric. No problems in nearly a year now. No smell whatsoever either. I'd suggest it as it is far cheaper than ply.
I wanted to be safe so I purchased 3/8ths inch plywood. Now if I only could get it straight.....lol It has a little bow in it.

I am going to use a hand stapler. Don't have an air stapler.
Did you put in upholstery tacks? I would like to try, but I don't think I can make them all look even.
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nope, wrap, tuck and staple.
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unless your going to build a frame for the 3/8 plywood to be installed to . 3/8 alone wont have any strength unless of course you fasten it directly to the wall first... its thin plywood that will continue to bend and move on its own. you need at least 1/2"

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