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DIY Upholstered Headboards

Create a bedroom that feels comfy and looks current. Update any bedroom with an upholstered headboard that fits your style and your budget.


Upholstered headboards are kind of the "it" piece of furniture for a bedroom right now. But since the look of an upholstered headboard can really range from classic to contemporary, they are a perfect way to stay on top of the decorating trends without compromising your personal style. And because upholstered headboards are a really easy item to DIY, the price tag doesn't have to be an issue.

Step-by-Step Upholstered Headboard:

The process of making a basic upholstered headboard is really simple. Of course, I'm not going to deal with tufting or some of the other things that can complicate the processâ"¦although those can definitely be tackled as a DIY as well. The process I'm going to share can really be done by just about anyone.

1. Take measurements of the bed you're creating the headboard for. Now beds are a standard width, but can vary in height depending on the type of mattress and the bed frame it sits on. So when you're measuring, take into account not only how wide you want to make the headboard, but also how tall you want it to be.

2. Next, get some plywood and cut it to size. (If you have the tools, you can cut it yourself, or you can have it cut to size at the hardware store).

3. If you want to have a special shape to the headboard you can then take a piece of kraft paper and draw out a template. I simply draw half the shape, work with it until it looks good to me, and then fold the paper in half and cut it so that both sides are symmetrical.

4. Then place the pattern on your wood and trace it.

5. Using a jigsaw, cut out the shape you have traced.

6. You will want to lightly sand the edge to remove any splintered wood, but remember that it will be covered, so you don't need to sand it to a perfect finish.

7. Now you will take your quilt batting and wrap it around the front of the headboard attaching it to the back using a staple gun. I make hospital corners at the edges, and for curved sections, I notch the back to remove a bit of the bulk. NOTE: To create added softness, simply use additional layers of batting.

8. After the batting is secured to the wood, you will follow the same procedure with your fabric. Fabric should be pulled tightly, but make sure you pull it evenly as well - especially if you are using a geometrically patterned fabric - you want to make sure that your pattern is centered on the front of the headboard. Again, fold the corners in "hospital" fashion and notch any curves to create a smooth effect.

9. Cover the back with a sheet of fabric attached with a staple gun. You can finish it by gluing on ribbon or seam binding for a smooth effect if desired.

10. Attach your headboard to the bed frame or the wall.


Wendy Hyde is an interior decorator and DIY/Home DĂ©cor Blogger at The Shabby Nest www.shabbynest.blogspot.co m She loves to share ideas for making home a beautiful place to be without breaking the bank!

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