Want to know how to make a comfy DIY Upholstered Headboard for under $100? I’ve been reading the posts over the years for upholstered headboards, and I think this is the first one I read that made me feel like it was do-able. Starting at the top left corner of the headboard, staple one end of webbing to the upper-left corner of the headboard horizontally. For less than $100, you can create a beautiful tufted headboard that is soft and shaped however you want. I am making headboard for my stepdaughter and wanted to let you know about my experience so far. Different widths of your favorite wood veneer woven in a pleasing pattern form a funky, airy headboard.
We have selected a few examples featuring bedroom with tall headboards of all types and we hope you’ll find your inspiration in them. The headboard pictured gets a shot of color when you drape fabric or an area rug over it. This one is tied on with clip-on drapery rings and fabric, but you don’t have to do anything that permanent. Once the door was cut, we could better envision what the headboard would end up looking like. Make sure your mattress slides into the nook formed by fabric stapled under the foam.
I held it up on the corner and figured out how big of a cut out I wanted, then did some quick measurements to make sure it was even on both sides. Thinking about the materials, planning my dimensions, and running around town to make my purchases took longer than the labor to put this thing together. If your mattress sits high or low, you can easily adjust the height of the headboard by adding or subtracting a couple inches from the length of the legs. The beauty of building your own DIY headboard is the ability to customize it to your needs. Measure felt padding to cover the length and width of the headboard frame and cut to size.
You just cover and tack or staple into place and you can cut the plywood for any size so it doesn’t matter what size your bed is, you can make this headboard for it. Cut the headboard panel (F), stiles (G), and rail (H) to size (Project Diagram, Cutting Diagram and Cutting List) and assemble using glue and screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Cut the 2-inch-wide veneer edging and iron in place on the headboard.
Even if you don’t have any fencing on hand, you can make this beautiful headboard for about $25 depending on where you purchase the cedar pickets. I think the deeper the tuft the more beautiful the headboard is, so if I saw that at my Walmart when I was looking, I probably would have sprung a few extra dollars for the extra fluff!! Connect the headboard using 1/4-20 connector bolts and nuts tightened using two Allen wrenches.
Wrap polyester fiber around the edge of the headboard and glue the sides of the fiber to the headboard with spray adhesive. We plan on affixing some adhesive velcro to the back of the headboard and to the wall to hold it a bit more securely down the line. Your instructions have been great but I am finding that a few things can be done a little differently to make it easier and wanted to share with you.
I figured out where the studs were and screwed into those in first, then that determined where I put the hangers on the back of the headboard. As shabby chic enthusiasts we love the white and light blue color scheme, and the framing technique of this headboard does a good job of keeping a simple color approach seem like there’s more going on. Very nice.
Once the back of the headboard was upholstered, we loaded it — and the two legs — into the van and I drove it off to my sister’s new apartment. Upholstered beds and headboards are available in heavy-duty, pet- and kid-friendly synthetic fabrics as well as luxurious linen-cotton blends reminiscent of boutique hotels. I laid out the design on the wall using painting tape to get an idea of the shape and height of the headboard. Cut the batting so that it’s slightly bigger than the outline of your headboard.
This gives the illusion of a thicker, more substantial hunk ‘ wood when you catch a side view of the headboard but it doesn’t add much extra weight or $$. For clean lines and a bold, majestic look, opt for a solid, carved wood high headboard, or for a more contemporary look, select a metal high headboard with simple, sweeping lines. The big advantage is that you can tailor the wood headboard as you need and like, making no compromises. My friend and interior designer, Danielle Oakey , has made quite a few upholstered headboards in her day and gave us some great tips for taking it from craft store disaster to a piece I truly think you wouldn’t think looked out of place in a store.
Give your existing headboard more oomph by gluing on trimwork and then painting the whole thing a bright new color. My favorite DIY headboard tutorial was from a blog called Southern Exposure She did a great job walking me through the process. This is a Monty Diamante Headboard upholstered in the most stunning Chenille Fabric! To build this headboard, I collaborated my awesome friends over at 3MDIY to be safe and to make sure we gave this headboard the best possible finish. Another headboard with decorative trim, this bod piece is a great way to bring life and color into your bedroom.
So when my sister moved into her new apartment in September, I pounced at the chance to make her something special. Seems like a no brainer now – but I actually cut the batting to the shape of the headboard before realizing that that was not going to work! Whilst not all headboards are available in this style, we have many headboards where you can now choose to have your headboard delivered with wall mounting brackets allowing you to fit your headboard straight onto a wall rather than onto the back of your bed. Make sure the headboard is slightly wider than the bed, the foam, batting and fabric will add to that width as well.
A high headboard is a great option if you or your partner like to sit up in bed and read before you sleep. The two protruding grooves fit perfectly in one another, keeping the headboard safely propped up. I would like to make a tufted bed bench to match my DIY headboard… I fell in love with this one. I am in the process of getting a new bed, and this headboard is absolutely gorgeous, and I am going to give it a go. Hope it comes out as good as your. What helps is to make sure the fabric isn’t pulled too tight when you first start…then keep moving from the center outwards. I think I saw that on a youtube video… That way you won’t need as much extra batting overall.
We have a designing dilemma, in that we have a king size bed (width 80 inches) but only have 73 inches wide higher up between two windows where the headboard would be – so it would be ideal to build our own headboard, 73″ wide, and attach it to our own platform, which is 80 inches, if that makes sense. For an unbroken block of colour and extra comfort, a deeply padded high headboard is a good option. Fold the backing fabric over the piece of cardboard at the top and over the padding to cover the backside of the headboard.
While some headboards can be larger than the width of the bed, most headboards line up exactly as wide as the bed is. Figure out how wide your bed is and mark those measurements onto the headboard material. Just make sure your legs are not out at the edge of hte headboard – ie, make headboard a few inches wider than the bed itself so the legs are sort of hidden from view. I knew I would be able to see a small amount of plywood between the wood slats of the faux shiplap, so I needed to make sure the color of the plywood matched the pre-finished slats. You may also attach the headboard to the bed frame with simple mounting brackets or screws.
I’ve lived in my apt for a year now and I’m ready to spruce it up. A tufted Headboard is number 1 on my list. B) Ensure you purchase extra yardage if your fabric needs to be railroaded/matched. Using a stud finder I located the studs in the wall and placed the hooks to line up with the studs so that the headboard was secure to the wall. Because I wanted this headboard to have a clean square design, I pulled the top piece of fabric down and then the side.
Place the headboard on the wall and use at least two, 3-inch screws, evenly centered and spaced to mount the headboard on the wall. With a pencil and yardstick, draw a straight line up along the edge of the headboard. It was such a straight-forward DIY and really beats the alternative of buying a pre-made headboard for a lot more money! Now that the foam is attached you have to cut it down to the shape of your headboard.
Just a thought, instead of putting legs on you could purchase a French cleat from the hardware store for $15 and hang the headboard securely to the wall. Blogger Kelly Rinzema nailed molding to the wall to create an easy, stylish faux headboard in the master bedroom of her Michigan home. So I borrowed the pegboard off my craft room wall and used it only as a template to mark the wood on my headboard.
Tufted headboards add marvelous texture and look, especially if the fabric you’re using on the headboard is monochrome. In this room, we still need to make something above the bed but it is a big improvement. I’d happily make another one, and take with me all the little lessons I learned along the way. Then just lift the headboard onto the wall mounts to secure (you might need a friend to help you). Hi there, you can actually make a frame with legs using 2x3s or something similar, and then have your headboard plywood on the top part, upholster that, and then you can screw/bolt your bedframe into the legs.
Headboard featuring chocolate and zebrano finish and two lights, one on each side. I’m going to share some befores and afters once we make a bit more progress, but this post is all about the bed. Lean the headboard against the wall to mark the location of the receiving mount on the headboard. One of the things I grew to dislike about our old headboard was how hard it was.
Actually, don’t just imagine it. Look through our great collection and make one of these headboards for yourself. I showed you how I made the headboard in my son’s room and this was nearly identical till I got to the tufting part. You should also check for square and make sure you don’t have any screwheads sticking out – no one wants to lean up against that. You’ll have extra batting and fabric, so add a few more staples all the way around, and trim off the extra fabric and batting. Luckily for us, we were able to adjust our plan on the fly and still make it work.