How To Upholster An Existing Headboard
By Renae Frey
How do you upholster an existing headboard? I will show you step by step directions to easily reupholster a headboard, done in an afternoon.
Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. I always enjoy our time together. Do you ever have a great piece of furniture, but it’s just not your style? Do you ever stay awake all night reimagining it? I sure do. By the time that I get up in the morning, I have all of the details worked out. I don’t get much sleep, but I come up with so many great ideas during the night. I had a wonderful headboard, but it just didn’t fit into the style that I was going for in my bedroom. Today, I am showing you How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard. Come on, I’ll show you.
Doesn’t this look so restful? I absolutely love it. It makes my heart so happy every time that I walk into the bedroom.
How do you upholster an existing headboard?
Isn’t this a beautiful headboard? I love the arched shape. I love that it is upholstered and I love the nail heads. BUT, not enough to keep it that way. I know that some of you are going to think that I am crazy to mess with it. I am a huge fan of French Country anything. I love the subtle colors. I love toile. So, I decided to reupholster the headboard-more of a slipcover, really. But it is fitted and stapled to the headboard. I just couldn’t be happier.
I started by taping some craft paper to the wall behind the headboard and drew an outline of the headboard. I used this for my template.
My bed is a king-size bed. They don’t make fabric wide enough to fit all the way across a king-size bed, so I took two lengths of fabric, matched the pattern and sewed them together and pressed the seam.
I laid out my fabric placed the template on it, pinned it and cut it out. I cut one of the main fabric and one from the lining. I also cut a 2 1/2″ strip of the main fabric-this will be sewn between the front and back pieces of the slipcover, because the headboard is 2″ deep.
I sewed the front piece to the strip, clipped my seam so that the fabric would lay smoothly around the curved edge of the headboard. Then I sewed the back piece of fabric to the strip-making sure to line up my center points. This is essential to have the top of the arch in the same spot. I pressed and clipped this seam as well.
I then stapled the fabric to the headboard. Please be sure to watch the YouTube video for how I did this.
I also made a duct ruffle. Normally, I would have lined it, but I was at the lake and lining isn’t easy to come by, so I just folded over the edges and sewed a seam. I stapled it directly to the inside of the bed frame. Again, you can see the tutorial in the video.
The Amazing Reveal
I absolutely love how this turned out. It was quick and easy-I did it in an afternoon. It really was an easy DIY transformation. Covering an existing headboard with fabric is an amazing way to change up your headboard without costing a lot of money. The ideas are endless.
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