May 19, 2011

DIY Headboard

Interested in making an upholstered headboard?

Here is a fast and easy tutorial, so you can DIY.

I just finished this tufted number. 

Want to make your own? 

You'll need some supplies: 
Fabric (a little over 2 yards for a Queen)
Batting (four yards+)
Button cover kit (1 1/8" diameter)
Staple Gun +  3/8" Staples
Upholstery Needle and Embroidery Thread
Elmers Spray Adhesive

To start, cut a piece of plywood or MDF 3' x 63". Your local hardware store will make the cuts for you. A width of 63" will fit a queen bed, plus a couple inches. 

If you want a tufted headboard, measure and draw an X to mark each location you want to tuft. Drill a hole through each X; drill holes through the plywood in the exact location you want the tufts/buttons.The larger the bit, the easier it will be to thread your upholstery needle back and forth later. My holes were too small, and it was really tricky feeding the needle back through the plywood.

Cut the batting a couple inches wider and longer than your plywood. I used three layers. You can also use egg crate mattress pads and thick foam. The foam is pretty pricey, but I think it would be REALLY cushy.  Apply spray adhesive to each layer of batting. The adhesive is optional. The third layer of batting was a hodge podge of remnants.

Place your fabric on top of the batting. You need enough fabric to hang over all edges by 3-4". I bought a little over 2 yards of upholstery fabric. 

Evenly pull the fabric over the batting and staple the edges of the fabric to the plywood. I trimmed the bottom edge.

The corners need a few extra staples.

This is what my headboard looked like before adding tufts. 

You certainly don't have to do anything else, if you are happy with your headboard as is, but if you like the tufted look, you'll need a button cover kit, 1 1/8". Upholstery fabric is too thick to cover these buttons. I improvised with a solid I had on hand. The thinner the fabric, the easier it is to cover buttons. 

Thread an upholstery needle with embroidery thread.

Cover buttons using instructions on the button kit. You could also spray paint the button covers, and forgo covering them with fabric (Thanks, Harmony!). Never would have thought of that on my own.

Locate the previously drilled holes. Poke the needle from the back of the plywood, through one of the drilled holes to the front, upholstered section of your headboard. Push the needle back and repeat the process of pushing the needle back and forth once or twice again. Tie the button off with a couple knots. 

Pushing the needle back through the drilled hole is the trickiest part, especially if you drill the holes too small. 

Repeat this process with all the buttons you intend to use. I have brown brocade trim that I've considered adding around the edges. What are your thoughts on adding trim? Yes or no?

Once you finish, find a nice husband to help you hang this headboard on the wall or rest the headboard on wooden legs. We attached these heavy duty ring hangers to the headboard, and used 4" screws that we drilled into studs. 

This is it....

Now that I have a nice headboard, it's time to make some fun accessories and pick a paint color for the wall. Funny how an inexpensive headboard project turns into a complete bedroom overhaul. Hey - we are still using my childhood furniture in our master, so I think it's time for a little change - even if it is just accessories and a headboard. 

The room needs something fun like coordinating throw pillows with a splash of color - any ideas? 

1 comment:

Mama Pea said...

Nicely done! I think I'd like the trim!