DIY Upholstered Headboard

When I shared our master bedroom reveal a few weeks ago, one of the main focal points of the room is our new bed. Mike built it and I upholstered it. The entire bed cost around $110 and we built it in a weekend. It’s a great way to customize your space.

DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

I found a bed on Pottery Barn that I loved and knew we wouldn’t pay the hefty $1,600 price tag so we started brainstorming how to make our own. I loved the wings on the sides-they are cozy and sophisticated.

PB bed

To make the headboard I used the following materials:

  • fabric {I used 2 curtain panels from Target}
  • nailheads {I bought mine here}We used about 1 1/2 packages
  • Foam {I used a 1/2 mattress topper from Target}
  • muslin fabric
  • Batting
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Heavy duty picture hangers
  • Scissors
  • Plywood
  • Hot glue

We started by sketching out the shape onto the plywood. Mike drew out one side of the curved headboard and then drew it so it was doubled and symmetrical.

DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialHe drew it out on a full piece of plywood and cut it with a jigsaw.

DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialOnce the back piece of the headboard was cut, I cut my foam to match and then wrapped it in batting and muslin.

DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialOnce the fabric was done, I added the nailheads across the top. I spaced them about an inch apart.

DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

Next Mike made the wings. He drew them out and cut them with the jigsaw as well. I wrapped those with just the batting, muslin, and fabric on one side. You don’t want to completely wrap them because you need to leave the wood bare to attach to the back piece.

DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

Once we had all the pieces ready, Mike hung the back of the headboard on the wall with heavy duty picture hangers.

DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial

Mike then took the wings and we pre-drilled then screwed the wings into the sides of the headboard. Once the wings were attached to the back of the headboard, then we pulled the fabric the rest of the way around and attached the fabric to the back to cover the screws.

DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialOnce they were attached, I added the nailheads. They were very simple to hammer in and it went pretty quickly.

DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialIf I were to do this again, I would probably wrap the back of the headboard just in the batting, muslin, and fabric and leave out the foam. It’s nice and cushy, but when you are leaning against a headboard you usually just lean your pillows anyway and the batting and muslin lay nicer under the fabric. There are a few little areas that aren’t perfect, but we are really happy with how it turned out!

DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial


DIY Upholstered Headboard Tutorial


DIY Upholstered Headboard TutorialCome back tomorrow to hear how to build the frame! {UPDATE: read Part II here!}

Would you build your own bed?

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