DIY Wingback Headboard – Bedroom Makeover

8 Materials
2 Hours

Our bedroom makeover was a dream come true for us. The handmade wingback headboard is my favorite addition. Let me share how we built and upholstered it.

 You will not believe our bedroom's BEFORE photos see them HERE.

DIY Wingback Headboard

Bed with Pillows and Handmade Tray

The handmade bed tray was loving created by our daughter.

Handmade Bedding

The sewing technique I used for the white Euro shams is the envelope style closure.

However, I made the gray pillows with invisible zippers like in this earlier post. The bed skirt I made using the same pleating technique I used when making slipcovers or upholstering furniture. The deck of the bed skirt is a heavy duck slipcover fabric and the skirt is the same linen blend as the Euro shams.

After headboard

Bedroom Makeover with DIY headboard wingback


  • 3/4 Plywood

  • 2″ Foam

  • 1.25″ Dacron

  • 1/2 Dacron

  • 1.25″ Screws

  • Wood Glue

  • 2.75″ Screws

  • Spray Adhesive

  • Flex Grip Tack Strip

  • Hard Tack Staples


  • Jigsaw

  • Bandsaw

  • Belt Sander

  • Cordless Drill

  • Circular Saw

  • Table Saw

Wingback Design

I wanted a special headboard, so I designed a romantic styled headboard (you can see it below.)

Wingback Headboard Parts

After cutting the design out of plywood, I was ready to build the headboard's wooden frame and wings.

Build the headboard out of a ¾ X4X8 sheet of plywood.

Cut the center portion of your headboard 26X65 1/2.

Cut a doubler strip 5 X 65 for the top and 3 X 65 for the bottom edge.

Next, cut a doubler 3 X 18 for the ends.

Glue and screw the doubler strips around the outside edges of the 36 X 65 headboard piece.

➡️Print out the wing pattern HERE ⬅️

Trace your pattern on the headboard and cut it out using a jigsaw. Use a sander and/or rasp and smooth the cut if needed. Remove any sharp edges or splinters.


Cut the foam to 25 X 61.

Center the pattern you used to cut the wood on the foam. Cut the foam to size.

Go to the ends and gently pull the poly wrap and secure it with a few staples. You will want to leave this edge squarer. Do not over pull the poly wrap.

Go back to the top center and work both sides to the ends smoothing and stapling the poly wrap.

Finish stapling the ends. You will want a nice straight line.

Cut off all excess poly wrap right along the staple row.

Cut a piece of face fabric large enough to cover the foam and poly wrap—about 34 X 70, maybe a little larger. Start by placing a few staples in the center along the bottom edge of the poly wrap edge.

Then smooth it to the top back edge and tack it with a few staples and at either end. Making sure your fabric is straight.

Go back to the bottom edge and staple it across, working your way out from the center. You will want this to be a nice straight line.

Cut two wings out of ¾ x 13 X 48 plywood using a jigsaw or band saw pattern.

Attach a ¾ X 2 X 48-inch piece of plywood with glue and screws to the wing that will be used to attach the wing to the center portion of the headboard and maintain the 2-inch thickness on the back edge of the wing. 

You can find the patterns for both the wing and headboard curve below:

Wood Wing, Supplies, and Step by Step DIY Headboard

To make the headboard, the only step that requires basic sewing skills is covering the welt cording.

Wing and upholstery supplies

Stapling burlap to the wing

Trim the extra burlap

Apply spray adhesive to the wood and foam and then attach the foam to the board. Let the foam stick over the top edge about ½ inch.

Wing with Foam

Gluing Foam to Wings

Apply Spray Adhesive to inside wings

Apply to spray adhesive to foam too

Place the foam with adhesive onto the inside of the wing

Cut a piece of the poly wrap 34 X 70 (this is oversized). If you need to piece it use spray adhesive along the joints. Lay the poly wrap over the foam letting it hang over the edges.

Staple the poly wrap along the bottom edge. You will want a nice even straight line. Pull the poly wrap back and use spray adhesive to attach the poly wrap to the foam.

Spraying adhesive on both the foam and Dacron

Stapling Dacron to Wings

Stapling the Dacron in place

Pull the poly wrap over the top to the back-top edge of the headboard and put in a few staples. You will want to pull it tight to give you a rounded front edge to the foam.

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Pulling the Dacron over the top and stapling to outside edge

Trimming Excess Dacron

Trimming the extra Dacron

Bottom view while placing the face over the Dacron

Stapling the fabric to inside wing

Continue stapling along the inside wing

Making a relief cut

Pulling the fabric over the top of the wing to outside and stapling it in place

Continue Stapling fabric on wings

Evenly pulling fabric to staple

Stapling Face Fabric to Wing

Neatly stapling the fabric to the outside wings

Smoothing the poly wrap to the back of the headboard and stapling using a pneumatic staple gun

Starting at the center, smooth the fabric to the back of the headboard and staple.

Continue working left to right, continuing to smooth the fabric evenly and stapling in place.

Making Relief Cuts

While covering the wood headboard structure with the fabric you will see there are areas in the covers where the fabric is unable to lay flat. In those areas, you will need to make relief cuts to see in the photo below.

In the curved areas make relief cuts to make the fabric follow the contour of the headboard.

Complete stapling across the back of the headboard.

Positioning the wing against the center portion of the headboard.

Using 2.5″ screws to secure the wings to the main portion of the headboard.

Using a regulator to tuck the fabric into the joint between the wing and the center of the headboard.

Adding a corner relief cut to accommodate the fold at the corner.

Attaching quarter-inch dacron to the outside of the wing, Before applying fabric

Attaching the fabric to the outside of the wing.

Pulling the fabric from the back and tucking it into the tac strip at the front of the wing.

Trimming the excess fabric off before tucking it into the tac strip.

Continue working the fabric into the tac strip on the front edge of the wing

Use a mallet to tap the tac strip, securing the fabric to the wing.

Finishing and trimming the back corner before stapling in place.

Finishing and trimming the back corner before stapling in place.

Stapling the back corner

Finishing the bottom of the legs

Trimming the cord and finishing the end.

Finish folding and stapling the bottom of the leg.

DIY Headboard Dust Cloth

Attaching the dust cloth to the back of the headboard.

Attach the headboard to the bed frame or use French cleats to attach to the wall.

Handmade Curtains, Euro Shams, and Blanket Ladder

The adorable blanket ladder we made to display our Christmas stockings this past year.

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  • John McFarland John McFarland on Mar 07, 2021

    Why are the holes cut out of the center of the wings?

  • Maureen Joy Maureen Joy on Mar 13, 2021

    Looks great! Please explain why there are cutout in wings and the purpose of the burlap?

  • Mag7200625 Mag7200625 on Mar 27, 2021

    What size is the bed? It looks like a full or queen?

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  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 08, 2022

    Great job and nice tutorial!

    Inspiration too if someone wants to change the design a bit to fit their style.

    Straight lines would make it more modern. The options are only limited to the imagination.

    Really unique and clever. Well done!

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Mar 04, 2023

    The " before" picture is beautiful, the view you have from your bedroom, my gosh I could look at that all day! I thought what you could possibly have done to improve the " before" picture, the after picture is indeed an improvement! Great job & enjoy!