Part II The Headboard

When the weather gets colder and the overnight temperature dips below freezing, safeguard your plumbing by unscrewing your garden hoses. Finally, move your mattress and frame back against the wall and your new headboard to complete the look. Since the top of the headboard will have the shelf and crown, we didn’t need to fill those either since they’ll be covered. I had to run a second layer of fabric at the bottom of the headboard since it was taller than the width of the fabric. This one’s nice because of how thick it is. A lot of the DIY headboard we came across are thinner, so we liked that this one stood out and seemed sturdy. If you have a design on your fabric, try to make sure you are securing your fabric following the pattern of the fabric.

I didn’t want the headboard to be to tall and block the window so I had to make it short. Ours was 7 ft. tall x 4’8″ wide (leaving room for a two-inch inset on each side of the 5′ wide plywood). Once you lay out the placement of your buttons, lay the foam underneath the pegboard and make marks with a dark pen/marker on where the buttons/holes will go. If both of these ways to attach a headboard sounds like too much work, you actually don’t have to attach it to anything. Whatever choices you make, the addition of a personalized upholstered headboard adds so much more to any bedroom in your house.

With hundreds of leather headboard options to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding a white leather headboard if that’s the missing peice of your bedroom oasis. You can add some type of cushioning to the wall side and the back of the headboard. And it’s inexpensive and I also love that you can use whatever fabric you want to make a HUGE statement in a bedroom. We wanted each square to look the EXACT same to make sure the patterns weren’t messed up.

Assembly of the headboard was pretty easy, but before moving on, make sure it fits the way you want it to. This is the last step where you will be able to make any necessary adjustments before you will make your paint job suffer for any mistakes. So, find a motif or point on your fabric that repeats, and make that point be the one that lines up on the edge.

Needless to say that this headboard is extremely graphic, it describes a sensible and complex individual. The rails should be flush on the headboard end of the cases and overhang the side and footboard end of the cases by 1/2 inch. If so, make it a little bigger, no sense in going to the trouble of making a nice headboard if you’re going to cover most of it with pillows. You’ll start by laying this on the floor: enough muslin to cover the headboard, followed by about three layers (more or less if you want) of the batting, then the plywood sheet you cut out for your headboard. The best hardware to secure your headboard to the wall is actually a very simple design.

Then I went down each side, wrapping the corners like a present (don’t hesitate to cut off extra batting and muslin at the corners). Cut a 2- to 3-inch slit in the fabric on the top corners of the headboard and fold over before stapling to create a clean crease. Well, some might want to do extra things like painting the legs, (mine don’t show so I didn’t worry about that) or adhering the headboard either to the wall or a bedframe (but ours seems to be sturdy without doing either of those things). Overall, this is a really easy headboard to make and for less than $30, you just can’t beat the price.


Rest evenly spaced slats (L) on the side supports and place the platform (M) on the slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Note that the twin bed does not require slats. I felt like an ice sculptor first shaving off the big chunks and then the little slivers and angles here and there to make sure it was even. Use a webbing pull to pull the webbing tight to the opposite side of the headboard and staple to frame.

Our bed and headboard collection contains all the latest styles and trends—modern, transitional, contemporary, mid-century—with thoughtful details such as button tufting, nailhead trim, cutout panels and more. Make sure the batting is pulled taut across the front of the frame to create a smooth surface – check the front occasionally for bunching. For a 60-inch-wide queen bed, you’ll need 84 inches of fabric across and 60 inches for the height of the headboard.

After wrestling it all up two flights of stairs, we bolted the legs onto the back of the headboard and stood it up. Since she’s a renter, we decided to play it safe by stapling bits of cut-up cloth over the bolts in case they scratched up the wall. The case back attaches flush to the headboard and one end of the case; the remaining opening near the foot of the bed is covered by the end case. I’m so proud of my little headboard and now I like to just go in the guest bedroom and admire it! Cut the wood or other headboard material into the dimensions that match your bed.

For the queen or king size, use Plan Set 1. For a twin or full size, use Plan Set 2. Queen-and king-size beds require a center divider in the end case and longer side cases to support the larger mattress. Continue this line across the top of the headboard and down the other side to ensure the layout of the nailheads will be the same distance from the border all the way around. I had been drooling over this headboard It’s from Restoration Hardware and costs $1,500. Home Made by Carmona receives a small compensation when you shop through those links, and at no extra charge to you.

For an absolutely elegant and bold statement, this upholstered headboard is a must. So far with what I made on the old bed, I’ve still got about $300+ to spend – I think I may make money on this redo! Whether you are searching for wooden wall hung headboards in pine or oak, or wall hung headboards upholstered in a selection of fabrics weve got it covered, just select one of the categories above to view our collections.

Make sure the fabric and batting extends past the wings enough so that the ends can fold up and be stapled on the back (the topside in the photo below). Once you have your measurements, mark the points on your plywood with an X. Measure twice to make sure they’re correct. If you attach it to the bed frame and the bed moves a little, the headboard could bang against the wall. Pull button taut to create tufts; staple the string to the back of the headboard several times, until it is secure. You may need to repeat this process a few different times if you are using more than one plywood panel for your headboard.

Follow the link below the picture to get a better idea of how this cute headboard was put together. When measuring your bed for your required headboard height, please measure from the top of your mattress upwards as this will give you a true indication of the headboard height most suitable for your bedroom. For the lumber, feel free to have your hardware store make your cuts – so worth it.

Once you have all of your wood and you are ready to start working, the first step is to give yourself the rough frame of the headboard. In our case we wanted the headboard to be a contrasting color to the wall, so my cute hubby painted it charcoal gray. I would have if West Elm’s geometric nailhead trim hadn’t hypnotized me. I ventured ever so slightly from their pattern, sketching my own on paper before laying it out on the headboard. To install these mounts, first locate the studs on your wall behind where the headboard will be located.