Upholstered Headboard
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How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Up the coziness factor of your bed with this custom-made, fabric-covered accessory

To up the coziness factor of your bed, make an upholstered headboard. All you need is ½-inch plywood cut to size, plus 1-inch foam, batting, fabric, and nailhead trim.


Steps // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard
1 ×

Cut Plywood

 
Step One // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Cut Plywood

Cutting Plywood
Illustration by Jason Lee

Get your plywood cut to size or cut it yourself with a saw.

 
2 ×

Cut Foam to Length of Wood

 
Step Two // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Cut Foam to Length of Wood

Cutting Foam for Plywood
Illustration by Jason Lee

Lay the foam on the floor and place the wood over it. Trace the outline of the board onto the foam, then cut the foam with a utility knife.

 
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Repeat Step 2 with the Batting

 
Step Three // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Repeat Step 2 with the Batting

Batting for Plywood
Illustration by Jason Lee

Repeat Step 2 with the batting, adding a few inches on each side so that you can pull the batting over the edge of the plywood when you secure it.

 
4 ×

Glue Foam and Plywood

 
Step Four // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Glue Foam and Plywood

Glue Foam to Plywood
Illustration by Jason Lee

Adhere the foam to the plywood with spray adhesive. Let dry.

 
5 ×

Center Batting on Foam

 
Step Five // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Center Batting on Foam

Batting for Plywood
Illustration by Jason Lee

Center the batting on top of the foam, then flip the headboard over so that the batting is on the floor. Attach to the backside of the plywood with the staple gun, pulling it tautly as you go.

 
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Affix Fabric to Headboard

 
Step Six // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Affix Fabric to Headboard

Adding Fabric to Headboard
Illustration by Jason Lee

Flip the headboard over again so that it's rightside up. If your fabric has any wrinkles, iron it, then center it over the headboard, using clamps to hold it in place, if necessary. Flip the headboard back so that the fabric is on the floor. Starting at the top center and pulling tightly as you go, staple the fabric to the wood. When you reach the corners, fold the fabric neatly, as you would wrapping paper. Once the entire headboard is covered, trim any excess fabric.

 
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Apply Nailhead Trim

 
Step Seven // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Apply Nailhead Trim

Nailhead Trim for Headboard
Illustration by Jason Lee

Flip the headboard rightside up again. Line up the nailhead trim in a straight line, starting from the bottom of one side and working your way up. Tap in the nailheads with the mallet.

 
8 ×

Secure Headboard to Wall

 
Step Eight // How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Secure Headboard to Wall

Securing Headboard to Wall
Illustration by Jason Lee

Attach your headboard to the wall by screwing two D-rings to the back of the plywood and hanging them from screws or hooks in your wall.

 
 
 

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