Designing Wall Mounted Headboards Designing Wall Mounted Headboards

What You'll Need
Marking utensils (pencil and marker)
Fabric scissors
1/4 to 1/2 inch thick plywood
2 inch thick foam
Fiberfill
Upholstery or home dcor fabric
Jigsaw or handsaw
Large pieces of craft paper
Tape measure
Electric stapler ( 1/4 inch staples)
Flush mounting brackets
Utility knife

Wall mounted headboards can add just the right amount of ambiance to turn an average bedroom into stunning. With a small amount of money, you can have a uniquely designed headboard in just one afternoon. Have fun designing and building your headboard for a one of a kind bedroom with this simple tutorial. 

Step 1 - Dream, Draft, and Design

Gather magazines, books, or look online for design ideas making note of the current theme of your bedroom (color and style). Here are some tips:

  • Darker headboards will hide the fluff and padding contained within it so take this into consideration during the designing stage.
  • Keep in mind the height of your headboard and consider how functional you want it to be. If you want to be able to prop against it to watch TV then height is very important. Rectangular headboards will be easier to make but don’t be afraid to take risks.

Measure the space above your bed taking into consideration the size of your bed and the amount of wall space you have available. Padding will add width to your headboard, but not by much more than an inch.

Sketch a template of your headboard’s shape onto a piece of drafting paper (freezer paper works fine). If you are happy with it, cut it out and have it ready to trace onto your plywood later.

Step 2 - Shop for Supplies

Head to the fabric or craft store to choose fabric and notions (buttons, beads, etc.) based on your specifications. Add 12 inches to both the width and length of the fabric you need to accommodate the padding of the headboard.


Visit a hardwood store, home store, or wood yard to pick up a sheet of plywood based on your measurements and any hardware or tools that you don’t already have on hand.


A piece ¼ inch thick should be sufficient but if you go with a ½ piece, keep in mind padding. If the wood is too heavy, along with the padding, the headboard will be heavier and more prone to falling.

Step 3 - Cut-out Your Headboard

Take the cut-out template of your headboard’s shape and draw it onto your plywood.

You may need to use both a handsaw and jigsaw depending upon on the shape of the headboard. If it has any round edges then a handsaw is in order. When you have cut it all out, sand and smooth the edges.

Step 3 - Pad the Headboard

Place your foam under the cut-out plywood and trace the shape of the wood onto it using a marker. Use a utility knife to cut foam that is less than 3” thick.


Next cut the batting leaving an extra 6 inches on each side to be able to wrap it around the back of the board.

Step 4 - Put it all Together

  • Lay the fabric on the workspace with the dull side facing you.
  • Stack the foam, fiberfill (should be the same size as the fabric), and then plywood on top of it making sure that the foam and plywood are lined up properly.
  • Staple the fabric and batting down to the back of the plywood with a 2 inch space between each staple. Trim away any excess fabric with fabric scissors.

Step 5 - Mount and Display Your New Headboard

Locate the studs where you will be placing the headboard on the wall. After you have done this, insert the bottom portion of the mounts as far apart as you can get them within the width of the bed. Place the headboard up to the mounts and mark their positions on the back of the board. Then drill holes into the wall for the receiving portion of the bracket and lift your headboard onto the secured mounts.


Now you have a new, custom headboard that adds a special touch and it only took a few hours to make.

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