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Tufting a Headboard the Easy Way


Tufted headboards are super trendy right now, but getting perfect, even tufts can be difficult. I came up with a "cheater" way to get quick and easy tufts, with no strings or sore fingers.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
First, you want to start a plywood base for the headboard. Simply put, you need to find a piece of plywood or OSB, and cut it to the shape and size you want. Once you have your plywood cut and shaped. Attach upholstery foam, using spray adhesive and trim off excess.
The next step is to drape a layer of batting over the foam, followed by your choice of fabric. I recommend a heavy-weight upholstery fabric, particularly one that will not fray easily. Give yourself several inches of extra fabric around the perimeter. You will need extra length for the tufts, as well as wrapping the sides of the headboard.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
Using a pencil, lightly mark where you want your tufts to go. Now, here's the trick; for every tuft, you will need a heavy-duty wood screw and a small washer. Your screws should be the same length as your plywood is thick (ex. 5/8", 3/4"). I would recommend using plywood or OSB at least 5/8" thick.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
Start in the center of the headboard. Stick the screw through the washer, and line it up with one of your pencil marks. Push the screw all the way through the fabric, batting, and foam. Slowly, but with heavy pressure, start to drive the screw into the plywood.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
Repeat the process on all your pencil marks, working your way to the outside edge.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
Once you have all your tufts tightened down evenly, finish upholstering the headboard by wrapping the fabric around the backside of the plywood and securing it tightly with staples.
Cover buttons with coordinating fabric, and cover each screw using fabric safe glue. Allow to dry overnight and you're done! You can hang the headboard on the wall, or attach legs to support it.
tufting a headboard the easy way, diy, reupholster
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  • Camille
    on Mar 22, 2018

    This is a great project! Thank you for sharing! How did you attach the outer frame around the tuftted headboard? And the tanks also. Thanks!

    • In the article it says this: Once you have all your tufts tightened down evenly, finish upholstering the headboard by wrapping the fabric around the backside of the plywood and securing it tightly with staples.

      It doesn't look like there was an "outer frame". That was an illusion created by the upholstery nails - which she forgot to mention in the last steps. Clever.

      I'm actually doing this very thing next weekend to my daughters headboard. :)

  • Zane
    on Jul 15, 2018

    Does the screws stick out the back? Any fabric to avoid?

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