DIY Upholstered Headboard Ideas - How to Make an Upholstered Headboard for Any Bed

Our DIY upholstered headboard ideas will help to put you on your way by telling you how to make an upholstered headboard for any size bed that is plain or tufted for any size bed you happen to have in your bedroom.



Even beginners can pad and cover a basic wooden headboard with impressive results with very few tools or supplies and save lots of money.

Upholstered Headboard Ideas



This is an excellent project for a beginner to the delightful world of furniture upholstery but if this is your first project please be aware that tufting should be left to the more advanced individual.


Go here to see fabrics to use for your project in amazing textures and colors as well as headboards that you can buy or use as inspiration.

Supplies Needed to Make a DIY Upholstered Headboard


You will need a wooden foundation, bed topper (think Temperpedic) foam and Dacron wrap, a staple gun, a drill and an upholstery hammer.

If you want to cut a uniquely shaped headboard you will also need a jigsaw. If a basic square shape with straight edges suits your purpose, just take your measurements to the local home improvement store and they will cut the OSB board to your specifications.

What Kind of Upholstery Fabric Works Best With Most Upholstered Headboard Ideas


The beauty is that most fabric is very forgiving and suitable for this project; the choice is yours. However, if you are unable to find a color or pattern that you like, you can even stencil your own by following the tutorial on this page. There are some additional instructions on how to get started and tips for using and painting nailhead trim there, too.

Tufted Upholstered Headboard Ideas


The trick to beautiful tufting is even and consistent pleating and button placement. Choosing the proper buttons to secure the pleats is as important as choosing the proper fabric. here is a demo that will show you how to tuft a headboard and here is a tutorial for how to cover buttons without having to buy a kit. You might consider using vintage buttons instead of ones covered in fabric to give your project a unique one-of-a-kind look.

Tufting is tough for somebody just learning how to cover furniture with fabric. I have completed many upholstery projects but still shy away from it because I simply do not feel that my skills are that advanced as of yet.

I hope that you can use one or more of the tips or tutorials that we have shared with you here on Bedroom Decorating Ideas and Designs to create a piece that reflects your own personal style and that you will consider uploaded pictures of your project to help others when it is completed.