How To Make a Sophisticated Diamond Tufted Headboard for Only $50!
I have wanted a gorgeous diamond tufted headboard for years without any hope of every owning one...that is until I made one myself!
With a slew of clever budget saving tricks, I spent UNDER $50 to make this gorgeous knock off.
I chose to keep this project really low cost by using eggcrate mattress foam (found at Walmart for just $11), instead of spending $50 per yard on upholstery foam.
I used salvaged wood, and low end framing studs...you're just going to cover it up anyway!
Then I used coupons on the high end items that would typically need to be purchased at full cost; such as a button kit, or home decor fabric.
I include lots of clever shortcuts to make this DIY as sturdy and easy as possible.
Ashley on Apr 02, 2019
Looks good! Just a tip though, the reason you had so much trouble with the first row, is that when you're tufting any project, you need to lay it down flat (sawhorses or the equivalent work really well), and start from the middle, then work your way out to the edges. Starting at the edges makes it difficult to get the pleats right, and doesn't allow for the diamond shape at the edge either. Also, for anyone who doesn't want to, or can't drill holes into their board or project piece, tufting tacks work just as well. They look like buttons (or diamonds in my case), but have a nail-like appendage on the back. You still need to plan out your spacing, and be sure to dig out some of the foam around the space where the buttons will sit. This gives a deeper tufted look, and a more defined pleat. Then just use a rubber mallet and nail those suckers in place. They hold really well, especially on something like a headboard that won't have anyone/anything pulling/putting strain on it, and they look fantastic!!