Step 1: Size the Materials

Size the Materials to upholster a headboard
Photo: Gregory Nemec
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Clamp a straightedge to the plywood, and use a circular saw to cut the panel. Lay the panel on the foam, and cut the foam to the size of the panel with a utility knife.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • spring clamp
      Clamp
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • dress scissors
      Fabric shears
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • mallet
      Small rubber mallet
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch drill bit
      -inch bit

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch pine plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    1x4 pine Get one 6-footer. For a fit that's tight against the wall, use a metal cleat, available at most hardware stores.

    1-inch-thick foam padding Get a 5-foot-square piece.

    Fabric Get 3 square yards.

    Cotton batting Get an 81-by-96-inch piece.

    Fast-drying spray adhesive.

    -inch heavy-duty staples.

    Nailhead-trim strips Get 7 yards.

    Upholstery nails

    1¼-inch wood screws.

    2½-inch wood screws.