DIY Upholstered Headboard in Just 5 Steps

Sure, that custom-upholstered headboard in the boutique furniture store looks amazing. But the price tag? Not so much. You don’t have to spend upwards of $1,000 to buy an upholstered headboard and create a dramatic focal point in your master bedroom. For just a few hundred dollars, you can wake up your sleepy space with a DIY upholstered headboard.

Step 1: Determine the shape.

A rectangle is probably the easiest DIY headboard to upholster. All you have to do is pick up a piece of ½” plywood already cut to size from your favorite home improvement store. The lines of a rectangle are clean and modern and complement virtually any décor. If you’re looking for a little more visual interest, consider transforming an outdated headboard—whether one you already own or a yard sale score—with a rounded top or dog-eared corners.

Step 2: Gather tools and materials.

Exactly how much fabric and batting you need depends on whether you are upholstering a queen- or king-size headboard. Measure carefully and purchase supplies accordingly.

Step 3: Cut and staple batting.

Place the batting on the floor with your headboard on top of it. Trace around it and cut the batting on the line. Staple the batting to the headboard.

Unroll more batting on the floor and place headboard on top of it. Cut the batting so that it extends four inches beyond the edge of the headboard. Pull tight as you wrap the excess around the headboard, and staple it to the back. If your headboard has curves, cut a few slits so that it remains smooth when wrapped.

Step 4: Cut and staple fabric.

Make sure there are no wrinkles in your fabric, ironing if necessary. Place the pattern side down and cut the fabric six inches larger than the headboard. Pull and staple the fabric just as you did with the batting.

Step 5: Add finishing touches.

Feel free to add your own personal style to your new headboard using upholstery nails to create a border, or drilling holes in the back of the board and sewing on buttons to create a tufted look.

Share your own DIY headboard making tips.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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