DIY Upholstered Leather Headboard With Wood Trim

2 Materials
1 Week
After installing textured wallpaper in our master bedroom, I needed to create a new headboard to protect it. I wanted to mimic the pattern on the wall, and upholster it with leather for the ultimate luxurious headboard!
Your dimensions will vary depending on the size of your bed and the leather or fabric you select. This headboard was sized for a queen. I used 1x4s, 2x2s and 2x3s to create the frame, and mounted everything on a 1/2 inch plywood backing. For the full cut list and materials, please see my blog post at The Handyman's Daughter. Start with the 2 x 2 boards. Decide which sides you want to face outward, and drill pocket holes into one end of each of the short pieces on the back side.
Place those boards, pocket hole side down, next to each other on the worktable. Now mark along the length every 8-10 inches at the bottom of the sides facing each other. Drill pocket holes at those marks. Your short 2 x 2s should end up looking like this.
Repeat the pocket holes along the side of the longer 2 x 2, then assemble those pieces into a U shape. The pocket holes along the sides should be facing inward.
Place your 2 x 2 U shape on top of the edges of the plywood. Next, set the 2 x 3 boards around the edge of the plywood, on the worktable. Clamp the 2 x 2s and 2 x 3s together. The plywood is just being used as a spacer right now, and doesn't need to be clamped. A picture is worth a thousand words, so hopefully this will help!
Using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, attach the 2 x 2 U shape to the 2 x 3s.
Remove the newly formed double U from the plywood. Drill pocket holes in the plywood every 8-10 inches along three sides, towards the outside edge.
Lay your double U frame upside down on a flat surface, and fit the plywood into the back. Clamp the plywood in place, then screw in 1" pocket hole screws.
Now that the frame is complete, it's time to attach the foam and leather. To see how, please visit my website at The Handyman's Daughter.
Suggested materials:
  • 3/4" plywood   (Home Depot)
  • 1 x 4 boards   (Home Depot)
Vineta @ The Handyman's Daughter
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