You can either make the headboard yourself, have an upholsterer make it for you or purchase one from a furniture manufacturer or a retailer like Restoration Hardware , West Elm or Crate and Barrel Even Ikea has a couple of upholstered headboards. This is personal choice, as is the thickness of your foam – it totally depends on how thick and plush you want your headboard to be. I found that 4 inches of foam and one layer of batting did the trick! Tufted headboards have always been very en vogue, and they will not become old-fashioned soon. Come up with your design and make a template: For a decorative or curved headboard, you may want to make a template out of paper (like brown Kraft paper) first. I also take my buttons to get made at an upholsterer, if you can find one with decent pricing that’s the way to go.
There is a wide range of choices for studs Crafters can choose to use buttons of their choice, or can use domed, mushroom-shaped studs. If so can I still use a nail in the back to help tuft the buttons or will it eventually pull through. I bought some material 5 years ago for a headboard project and this makes me want to finish painting and get to work on the headboard.
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. Here is a very detailed tutorial that will help you get a luxurious upholstered headboard within hours. Make a dot in the middle with a pencil or permanent marker, placing the dot at your preferred height along the headboard. What’s so great is that you can make this one in less than a day and you can paint it to perfectly match the other furnishings in your room.
In an attempt to make this project go a little faster (tufting isn’t all that hard… but it can be time consuming), I realized that I could completely bypass the whole threading-a-button-through-the-headboard-holes thing by just carefully screwing a wide-headed screw down in through the hole I had made in the foam. 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!!
For each button, take your tapestry needle and insert it through the drilled hole in the back of the headboard to poke” the fabric. Despite the small snag this headboard is still beautiful and thank you again for the wonderful tutorial! I’ve been looking for a specific headboard and since I couldn’t find one a friend of mine sent me your post. After the spray adhesive is dry, you will create some holes” in the foam for the buttons.
The spacing between buttons is dependent upon what you find visually appealing and what dimensions work well with the overall dimensions of your headboard. It kept the headboard very lightweight, so that it was no trouble for me to flip around on my own. Stay on your 2-foot horizontal line and move to the right, skip the 6-inch mark and make an X with your Sharpie at the 1-foot mark. It is still suitable for tufted headboard backing, but only if the headboard is to be wall mounted.
I’ve been hearing tons about it – and I love that you posted a tutorial on a tufted headboard… I have been wanting to make one for years for our bed, but I hadn’t gotten up the gumption to go for it. The tutorial definitely helps me see that it’s not so daunting a job. If I had known I could pay a professional $1 a button to make them for me, I would have!!
Anywho, if you bought the correct amount of foam, just cut it up to fit the size of your headboard and use spray adhesive to adhere it. Once you have done that, push your upholstery needle through the button holes you drilled and mark on the foam where the needle comes out. Visit Alicia’s blog HERE to see how she used a plywood for her upholstered headboard. Can you staple the batting down then cut x’s where the buttons go. Leaving the cover fabric loose and continue as normal.
Please find link below: HOW TO: MAKE AN UPHOLSTERED BEDHEAD (with nail trim) Any other questions or queries please don’t hesitate to ask. Going horizontally from left to right across a king size headboard, measure 1/4 of the headboard and place the vertical seam at that mark. Once you have completely tufted your headboard it is time to secure the fabric all around. I have to say, my least favorite part of this process was making the covered buttons.
This headboard has been 5 months in the making, I am very good at procrastinating and was very hesitant in using the jigsaw. That was a definite no so I just said forget it. I’m so happy I found this I so I can still make one but I just don’t know what color to use. If you don’t have or don’t want to spend $200+ on an industrial button machine like this one, contact an upholstery shop to make fabric-covered buttons for you. I’ve never tufted one because it seemed like it would be hard…but it is not a big deal!
We were fortunate enough to get the flush mounts into the the studs when we installed it over the window; but before that we just mounted the headboard to the wall. For one, there’s no risk of staining or tearing a hardwood or metal headboard like there is with a fabric one. If you want a curvy headboard, like the one in the first picture, then start by drawing your shape, cut it out with your jigsaw, glue the foam and trim to the shape using an electric meat knife, and then start at the center line to mark your buttons.
The bottom part of the headboard would be hidden by the bed anyway, so it would take less materials all the way around. Ah yes, I did too, the first time I tufted (this headboard), you’ll notice two of my diamonds on the end didn’t end up with a pleat. Take additional measurements of the buttons that are more closely spaced in the curves between the wings and headboard. Professionals have a nifty little tool they use for this, but since I’m not a professional upholsterer, I have to make do with substitutes.
Repeat the button process with each of the holes until your headboard is tufted in the desired pattern. You’ll also want to make sure you regularly vacuum an upholstered headboard and blot out any spills as soon as possible to prevent dust from accumulating in the fabric and other crevices. I love the softening effect of the fabric for a headboard instead of wrought iron or wood.
I was hesitant to glue with a hot glue gun, but I was hoping to see the buttons stay on. They did! I really like the one in the pictures above with the nail button border and buttons betweens squares. My husband and I have been talking about making a headboard for as long as I can remember…I really want to make it happen now! This is a really beautiful headboard that is customized to make it extra-special. Make several tiny folds on the corner, and pull it tight to make a perfectly smooth corner… and staple it down! Trim the edges of the batting on the back of the headboard to 4 inches (10 cm).
Make sure that there are no creases and that the material is evenly distributed before you staple any further. Pull the button twine as tightly as possible and secure the ends on the backside of the headboard with two staples. When hanging up the headboard I used D hooks screwed into the back of the wood to hang it to the wall. We’ll share more on that once we tackle it. The headboard sits an inch and half or so off the mattress, which works perfectly fine with the amount of pillows this girl has. Divide the length of your headboard in half and make a center mark on your 2-foot line where it crosses.
So he then drilled a hole into the wall and attached an anchor followed by a screw on each of the sides where the headboard would hang. You may spend more or less than I did on my headboard depending on what you already have available to you. You can hang your headboard from the wall or build a frame for it to sit on the ground between the bed and wall when you are finished.