How to Make a Padded Headboard

What You'll Need
Medium Density Fiber board
Chosen Soft Fabric
Upholstery Stud Buttons
Foam Padding
Upholstery Needle
Spray Glue
Staple Gun
Tape Measure
Circular Saw
Work Bench
Square Edge

A padded headboard is not at all difficult to make. If you wish to attempt it yourself, you just need the right tools, materials and some simple guidelines for getting the job done right. There are many styles of headboard. The one described here is a rectangle, without legs. The designated time for this sort of project should be no more than two hours, but often much less.

Step 1 – Measuring

Measure the width of the bed for which you are making the padded headboard. You can decide on the height yourself by determining the most suitable height for the room. Some people choose them to go just about above the bed and others go the height of the entire wall, up to the ceiling. Decide on your height and measure your MDF board to the correct dimensions.

Step 2 – Padding

Once you have cut the MDF board to the chosen size, you will need to cut the padding to the same dimensions. The padding should be no more than 1 inch thick and probably no less than ¼-inch thick. Cut the padding and use the spray glue to stick the foam padding to the MDF board.

Step 3 – Material

Lay the material over the padding and staple one side of it to the back of the MDF board. Make sure that there are no creases and that the material is evenly distributed before you staple any further. Tuck the edges of the corners into neat seams and staple the material down. Stretch the fabric across the padding and again, do not leave creases or folds as you stretch. Make sure the stretching is even before you staple it to the other side of the board.

Step 4 – Edges

Once the two long sides have been stretched and stapled, repeat the same process with the shorter sides and staple those. Trim off any excess fabric and tidy up the edges with scissors.

Step 5 – Buttons

You will have seen buttons on chairs, sofa’s ottoman’s and other types of furniture as well as head boards. Use the upholstery needle to sew the buttons on. An upholstery needle is semi-circular in shape, so that it can slide under flat fabric and come out the other side. It is probably a good idea to start with a row of four buttons for a double or queen bed and five for a king size. The second row will then be one less and the row after one more again, alternating the numbers in the rows. Sew the buttons on and pull the thread nice and tight through the padding, so that the buttons indent slightly. Once all the buttons have been tightly affixed to the head board you are now ready to place it in the bed room.