How can I make an upholstered headboard?

by Deb
I love the look of an upholstered headboard, but they are very pricey. When I think about DIYing one I think it is probably harder and more expensive than it looks

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  • Patricia C Patricia C on Jun 28, 2018
    i have a malm queen bed. i purchased an italian wool blanket from the army surplus store for $30 (i've seen them on ebay for $125). i will purchase a piece of plywood (to extend the headboard) and have it cut at lowe's probably $20 and will have to purchase batting or mattress topper (whichever is cheaper). i already have a staple gun (electric) but will need more staples. that should be it. look up malm bed diy tufted headboard for instructions, etc.

  • Deb Deb on Jun 28, 2018

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 28, 2018
    If you are a little bit handy you can make your own headboard. Purchase a sheet of 1/4 or 3/8 inch thick plywood. Cut to the width and shape you want. Purchase some foam padding about 2-3 inches thick and use spray glue to stick on the board. Cover with the cotton mesh padding from the fabric store, pulling the fabric over the outside of the board. Then cover with your finish fabric and staple it to the back of the board. If you want buttons then be sure to plan and drill the holes in the board before adding all of the fabric. (and mark where you have placed them). Once the fabric is in place then sew your buttons on. You can either make your own or purchase fancy buttons at the fabric store. You can then fasten the headboard to the wall by placing some hangers on the back. If you want to be fussy, you can place a piece of material over the back of the board, making for a more professional finish. Turn the edges of the fabric under and staple to the back all around the edge..

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 28, 2018

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jun 29, 2018
    Get a wood headboard at a thrift store - then cover it.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 29, 2018
    The cost of constructing a upholstered head board will probably be close to the cost of purchasing one..... BUT... you will get exactly the style YOU want... in the size you want and the materials YOU choose.... the process is not really hard... but the more elaborate the tuck pattern... the harder it will be.....perhaps a practice run on a twin size for one of the kids... or on a bench to sit at the foot of the bed or in the entry way.... will have ideas for you.... or Google Search: how to make a padded headboard, there will be lots of ideas and video tutorials as well

  • Deb Deb on Jul 02, 2018
    I was afraid the cost would be about the same :(

  • Emily Emily on Jul 02, 2018
    this is only single sized but it cost me nothing. I found the wall board at our town dump, the shape that it is. I had the batting, and I also found the finish fabric at our town swap shop. You don't need to use plywood, wall board would also work. Since you have a larger headboard need try to use a French cleat. BTW, I don't know if you have Xmas Tree Shoppes in your area, but I have seen very nice headboards there.