DIY Upholstered Headboard DIY Upholstered Headboard

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Old newspapers
A plywood piece the size of your headboard
2 plywood pieces 30x4inches for the legs
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Upholstery foam 1inch in thickness
Cotton batting
Screwdriver & Screws
Power drill & Staple Gun
Sewing Machine
Patterned Fabric (depending on the bed size you will need from 1 1/2 yards to 3 yards of fabric)
White Fabric for lining

Creating your own custom upholstered headboard will bring a touch of personality to your bedroom, a focal point in the room and even a whole new breath of fresh air to the area. Furthermore, it is easy and inexpensive to create.

Step 1 - Preparation

The first thing you need to do is to measure up the width of your bed and the height of your headboard. It is ideal to have it at least 36 inches in height or more. To make up the desired headboard pattern, you can use newspapers. Stick a few of them together and cut them up in a way to create the shape you want. Although rectangular headboards may seem boring or too traditional, they can be totally flared up with the right choice of fabric pattern. So do not fear to go for a plain headboard shape.

Step 2 – Cutting Down the Wood

Now you need to cut the wood for the headboard. Any wood store can cut down the wood to measure for you so that you won’t have to do it at home. You will also need to buy two pieces of wood measuring 30 inches by 4 inches for the length. Once done, get your sandpaper and sand around the edges until they are completely smooth.

Step 3 – Covering with Foam and Batting

Now that you have the wood is ready you can concentrate on fixing the foam. Get the upholstery foam and cut the sheet to the size of your wooden headboard. You should add 1 extra inch at each side so that you can attach the foam to the headboard at the back. After you’ve cut the foam to measure, you can lay it down on a flat area, put the wooden board on it, wrap the edges of the foam to the back of the board and staple them with the staple gun. Once this is ready cut the batting foam with an additional 2 inches all around, place it over the foam and once again staple it to the back of the wooden board.

Step 4 – Adding the Lining

First thing to do is cut down the white lining fabric to the size of the headboard with at least 3 inches extra all around. Then lay it over the batting and staple it at the back of the board. This will serve as a protective layer between the batting and the decorative fabric so that in the future you can change the decorative fabric without redoing all the work.

Step 5 – Adding the Decorative Fabric

Cut the decorative fabric to measure leaving an extra 6 inches all around. You should now use a sewing machine to hem all the edges so that they won’t fray from stapling. Iron the fabric face-down to remove any creases before fixing it to the headboard. Stapling the fabric at the back of the wooden board will be a bit trickier than the previous layers. You should start at the top center and staple right about 12 inches. Then switch to the bottom edge, smooth out the fabric, and staple 12 inches at the center. Keep on switching between top and bottom until all is completely stapled. Do the same for the left and right sides.

Step 6 – Lining the back

At this point you can use more white lining fabric to cover the back of the headboard. Cut only enough material so that it covers only up to the back stapling. Again use the sewing machine to hem it. This time instead of stapling it you should use fabric adhesive to attach it to the board.

Step 7 – Finishing Up

The last thing to do is to attach the legs. Cover the legs with decorative fabric, place the headboard face down and attach the legs to its back at least 2 inches inward from the sides.  Now all you have to do is attach the headboard to the frame of the bed with the power drill.

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