DIY Headboard: Make your own headboard in any size! Want to make a custom headboard for your bedroom but don’t know where to start? That’s where I was too! I knew what I wanted it to look like, but I didn’t want to have one of those “looks good, but is really a piece of crap” headboards. You know the ones–the ones that are made out of a poster board. With my kids and their bed jumping shenanigans, well that wouldn’t last long!
WHAT YOU NEED:
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For any DIY Headboard project that involves fabric, you are going to want the following tools:
- Staple gun
- Fabric Adhesive or Hot Glue Gun
- Chef’s Knife or Electric Carving Knife
- Batting– 4 oz. weight
- 2″ foam
- Plywood or MDF board
- Fabric Shears
- Fabric- see how much for each size in the download below!
For detailed instructions and measurements download my Cheat Sheet!
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?
On average, these upholstered headboards cost about $100- $200 depending on the size and how much fabric and foam cushion you want. I always use 2″ foam, which can get expensive. If you wanted a less plush headboard, you could certainly use 1″ thick foam instead. Add a piece of plywood onto that which is about $40 (now, you will be able to use part of it for something else too!) Plus, you are going to need 1.5-3.5 yards of fabric depending on the size of the DIY Headboard you want to make–all of that adds up. Sometimes DIYing is not less expensive than buying one–I picked 24 of my favorite headboards under $200 here if you want!
HOW TO SAVE MONEY:
- SAVE MONEY ON PLYWOOD: We always use 3/4″ plywood which isn’t cheap; but, it retains its shape well, especially for larger expanses. You could however, get away with using 1/2″ plywood or some inexpensive MDF board.
- SAVE MONEY ON FOAM:To save money on the foam, make sure you print a coupon for 40% off before you go. Even if you need them to make multiple cuts of foam, make sure they ring it up at the fabric counter as one cut–otherwise, you won’t be able to use the coupon for both! Insisting they do this saved me $30 because the foam cushioning retailed for $39.99/ yard!
- SAVE MONEY ON FABRIC: Inexpensive sources of fabric are always a good idea!
- If you want a single color, you could always use velvet curtains from Ikea which are pretty inexpensive.
- Spoonflower is another good source for fabric; but, keep in mind that upholstery weight fabric runs about $27/ yd. Most of their inexpensive fabrics run more in the $17 range; but, those aren’t strong enough for upholstery. I picked up the buffalo checks one from Ikea (since discontinued) and one from Calico Corners.
- Other online retailers like Fabric.com are a fantastic source for affordable fabric as well!
- And you can always look at JoAnn Fabrics (I prefer their online selection), Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby as well!
TIPS & TRICKS:
- You can use either a hot glue gun to adhere the foam to the plywood or you can use a heavy duty fabric adhesive
- Remember to use upholstery weight fabric–you want to pull the fabric pretty tight and anything not heavy enough will split! It has happened to me when we made our DIY Upholstered Rocking Chair
- Lay down a large drop cloth underneath where you will be working, it will catch any staples that you might miss and make clean-up easier!
- Set the headboard up either on a table (like we did for the full size and the twin size DIY headboards) or two saw horses (like we did for the king size DIY Headboard.)
- Make sure to apply enough pressure with your Staple gun to perforate the wood.
- Hammer out any staples that stick out!
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH SIZE DIY HEADBOARD:
- DIY King Size Headboard- here’s the download
- DIY Queen Size Headboard- here’s the download
- DIY Full Size Headboard (or DIY Double Headboard)- here’s the post and here’s the download
- DIY Twin Size Headboard– here’s the post and here’s the download
And if you aren’t feeling up to a DIY here are 24 Affordable Headboards that are under than $200!
So that’s it! Any size DIY Headboard you want, you can make! Happy DIYing and I can’t wait to see your projects!