Well I am thrilled that Jamie agreed to write a tutorial for all of us today! Step 4 – Measure where you want the buttons to go, drill holes in the wood and through the foam and sheet. This way you can determine the pattern, spacing and quantity of buttons without making and firm decisions. It’s staggering the amount of information available on how to DIY your own upholstered headboard! All you need is some plywood, your fabric of choice and some rather large buttons to match.
My favorite tufted headboard tutorials are from Addicted 2 Decorating , Schue Love , Little Green Notebook , Living with Punks , Brick City Love , Involving the Senses , and Pretty Dubs I ended up picking and choosing pieces from several of the tutorials, and through that and trial & error we came up with a process that worked pretty well. Suddenly I’m not feeling like putting off the tufting on the headboard my husband and I recently made.
Before you staple the bottom, lift the headboard upright again and trim any excess around the legs. There should be no creases, ridges, or wrinkles in the batting; wrap it around the foam and staple it securely to the headboard. Take a look at many different sources to get an idea of what style and shape headboard you think you would like to do in your own room. The buttons are very easy to make and the kit comes with easy to follow instructions.
I have been looking for a bedhead to make for a couple of years now but they have all been too complex but this is ‘dooable’ for anyone regardless of ability and skill set and doesn’t require going out and buying untold electrical gadgets – can’t wait to get started. I haven’t even check the price lately but for three inches of foam for a nearly 80 inch headboard wouldn’t be cheap. Maybe I just got a cheap button cover set, I have no idea, but my fingers were seriously aching by the time I got through only 7 buttons. Measure the opposite direction as well if your diamond dimensions are not square.
A note for this tutorial, you’ll want to make sure your folds face down from top to bottom, and to the right when you’re setting the buttons. I made a cal King- because of that the twin foam pad for was JUST long enough to reach the sides of me headboard. The button tufted headboard is anything but new, and if you fancy historical movies or documentaries, then you have certainly noticed that the royalty had a similar headboard at the palace! A wooden base, some material left over from other projects and a little creativity will allow you to build this gorgeous monogrammed headboard.
Lay your batting flat on the ground and put the headboard foam side down on top of it. Then just pull taut and staple. Use the upholstery needle to sew the buttons on. An upholstery needle is semi-circular in shape, so that it can slide under flat fabric and come out the other side. I found a great price on a discounted KING comforter set, so I purchased a TWIN sized matching comforter (same pattern) to use for the headboard fabric. Choose a fabric that will stand up to wear, especially if the headboard will see a lot of use as a backrest. The link in that sentence did not take me to where the instructions are for the upholstered headboard.
I used a little bit of high-loft batting and linen in the same magenta color to back the headboard and cover any of the screw holes. Choose upholstered buttons that look good against the existing headboard fabric; for instance, white, red or black buttons for a black and white floral headboard fabric, or yellow or blue buttons for a light green headboard. Monthly advice on how to make your home eco-friendly, including energy and water saving tips, healthy home products, green remodeling, and more, plus special offer. I think I have the same ikea bed and would love to make my guest room less cheapy and more hotely!
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. Use your yardstick to draw level lines from one side of the headboard to the other. You Can also sew the dimands on the back side of the fabrick before you put it on whit the buttons. Most of the time customers will align the headboard with the width of the base. Another great thing about building this type of headboard is that it takes up very little space in the room. Now I am making another headboard for the other daughter, this time using a heavy weight cotton fabric.
This DIY headboard is lovely with buttons to match the fabric cover but what makes it really special are the two sides that turn into the bed just a tad. Pallets are often given away at home improvement stores, lumber yards or even flea markets and you can use those free pallets to create a beautiful rustic looking headboard. You will need to choose your shape first and then make sure that you have fabric and some foam on hand to create the headboard.
Glue and screw corner brackets every 12” to 18” along the right and left edges of the main headboard. Unfortunately however, that ‘expensive look’ can come at a pretty steep price, with upholstered and decorative buttoned bedheads selling in stores from $900 up to $3000 and higher! I laid out the fabric over the batting, front side of the headboard facing up. We used a three part system – 3/4″ wood screws and washers in two sizes (#10’s and 1/4″).
Items required to make your own tufted headboard can be found at DIY stores, home furnishing stores, and craft stores. No matter how perfectly your 10″ squares are cut, there will always be slight cracks showing between some of your upholstered squares, so I recommend spray painting your ‘back board’ a similar color to your fabric. 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. 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.
You’d just have to tie those buttons stronger so they don’t pop out, but definitely would look richer. It is my very first time making a headboard on my own, but I am trying to go as cheap as possible. LOL, I sit up and read too, and haven’t noticed a problem with them digging in. They are padded, so that may make a difference. The nice thing about this headboard is that if I ever want to change the look of it, I could take off the fabric and staple a new one on. I would like to make a tufted bed bench to match my DIY headboard… I fell in love with this one.
Take the headboard away and drill the holes for the mounts and attach facing down. I would love to make this for my room, and I’m going to purchase a queen size bed soon, so as far as measurements I’m clueless! As complicated and sophisticated as it looks, it really is an easy headboard to create. When you’re ready to start making your tufts, begin by covering your headboard with fabric. I cut deep grooves into the foam and that made a little pocket for the fabric to sit into AND it made it super, super easy to get the diamond shape perfect and nearly wrinkle-free every single time.
I’ve seen it done where after the fabric is put on you staple where you want the buttons and then glue them on after. Buying multiple items from the same seller is an excellent way of saving on shipping fees, because most sellers are happy to combine shipping costs when you make multiple purchases. I love an upholstered headboard, but for myself, am afraid to be too specific as to color, pattern and shape.