DIY Diamond Tufted Upholstered Headboard

Kathy R
by Kathy R
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We had a four-poster bed for years. I wanted a change. I envisioned a Diamond Tufted Upholstered headboard - from paper plans to realization - check out our step-by-step DIY tutorial. I searched out different styles of upholstered headboards. I loved the look of diamond-tufted upholstered headboards and then chose a style with wings - like a wingback chair. The vision was put down on graph paper....then we began.
The king-sized bed before. This four poster bed has gone through a transformation, it once was a dark stain. We're ready for something completely new!
I decided the support material I'd use for the headboard would be plywood. The first thing we determined - the dimensions - I wanted the headboard to be tall enough to be seen behind European pillows. Then I determined where the tufted buttons would be...
I used two-inch and one-inch foam adhering them together and to the plywood with spray adhesive. I left about 1 1/2 inches from each side to allow for connecting with wings and to give the sides a curved appearance.
For the tufting buttons, I used a button kit to create the upholstered buttons - this was quite difficult - the fabric was thick. I gave it extra support with a dab of glue
The foam was covered with quilting batting, then the fabric was applied. Holes had been pre-drilled in the plywood and I threaded the buttons through attaching buttons on the back to secure.
After the upholstered buttons were threaded through with waxed upholstery thread, we pushed the buttons down and secured the thread in the back with buttons - tying the thread.
To make the diamond tufting, I pre-folded the material. It's important to consistently fold the fabric in the same direction for all buttons - I folded the material toward the center of the diamond tuft.
Once the buttons and the tufting completed, the fabric on the headboard was secured on the back with staples using a staple gun. The wings were curved with the widest part at nine inches tapering to six inches. Again I secured foam with adhesive spray and wrapped the wing with fabric.
We secured the wings with three L-Brackets
After adding the supports to attach to the bed frame and to stand the headboard, I finished the back with fabric, hot glue and tacks.
The completed headboard before decorating the bed.
The completed and decorated king-size master bed with diamond tufted upholstered headboard.
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