DIY Upholstered Headboard: after making two upholstered headboards, I have figured out exactly what the best practices are, and tweaked the process so that it is easy enough anyone can do it!
This is such an easy budget-friendly way to make a really comfortable and long-lasting DIY Upholstered Headboard that looks really professional! So many DIY headboards out there are made of crappy materials, but this tutorial is not one–these are high quality budget-friendly DIY upholstered headboards that will last for years to come and is really plush! And better yet, I have made printable instructions with dimensions and measurements that you can download for free (click the button below).
We did a full size on in my daughter’s room and a twin size one for the spare bed in my son’s nursery and perfected the process the second time around. We have since done a king size one for our master bedroom as well!
Before we did anything, we prototyped it to figure out the size of the headboard we wanted, we took some painter’s tape, a tape measure and started mocking up sizes on the wall. By having the pillows that we planned on using nearby, we were able to pretty easily decide how tall we wanted it and how wide.
For the height, we eyeballed the height above the mattress, and then decided that the headboard should extend half the depth of the mattress to avoid things falling behind it. This also gives a cleaner and more custom look. For the width, we measured the width of the bed and added a few inches on either side . If you are at all unsure, throw some painter’s tape up on the wall and leave it for a couple of days. It’s easy, cheap and lessens the worry that you will get it wrong! This way, you can really visualize the size in your space. Personally, I like a relatively tall headboard. It gives the bed more presence. We did an extra-tall DIY headboard in our master bedroom.
(twin size DIY Upholstered Headboard in our nursery)
DIY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD
*affiliate links are included at no additional cost to you. Read my full disclosure policy here.
*To see specific amounts, measurements, and dimensions download the printable directions HERE.
- fabric – pink buffalo check is from Calico Corners and black and white was discontinued but from Ikea
- staple gun *don’t skimp on it–the more expensive ones will give you more versatility
- batting 4 oz. weight or you can go to your local fabric store
- 2″ foam or you can go to your local fabric store
- a sharp knife (chef’s or serrated is fine but an electric carving knife is best)
- hot glue gun any one will do
- sharp scissors or fabric shears I use 8″ gingher shears
1.) Download my exact measurements with diagrams for cutting the foam here with printable dimensions for both twin and full/ double sizes! *It also now includes measurements for queen and king sizes as well!
2.) Cut the foam to the proper proportions. Have Home Depot cut the headboard measurements to either 36″x54″ or 36″x40″ (full or twin size.) We added a nice rounded edge to our headboards but it is up to you! For our king size DIY Headboard, we kept the edges sharp.
3.) Round the corners of the form with an electric carving knife.
4.) Glue the foam to the plywood with a hot glue gun.
5.) Next, wrap the batting around the foam with an extra 3.5″-4″ on the back of the plywood. You want extra batting so you can make it around the foam and still have plenty to secure to the plywood. If using 2″ foam, you are going to want to have the batting 5.5″ or longer than the plywood on both sides, so you will have about 3.5″ excess on the backside. Attach the batting to the plywood with a staple gun.
6.) Trim the excess batting off the edges with shears. Next, place the fabric on top of the batting and attach leaving 3-4″ excess on each side to ensure you have enough to wrap around the edge of the foam.
7.) Staple first at the top and bottom and then do the sides. Finally, staple the edges rounding the corners as you go.
8.) Trim the excess fabric from the edges.
9.) Hang on the wall (we used a french cleat to hang both the headboards.) It has held up really well over the last year and I never worry about it falling down on the kids.