This DIY is for an upholstered bed headboard. This headboard looks fabulous, and it is a really easy and inexpensive headboard to make for your home. No sewing required! This post has step by step instructions and a list of all the supplies that you need to make this outstanding DIY project for your home.
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If you love the look of an upholstered headboard, but don’t like the look of the accompanying price tag this DIY is for you!
This DIY is so incredibly easy and fast to do, and the headboard looks so stylish and beautiful. A headboard can really make a bed and bedroom decor stand out more, and this one really made my guest bedroom look so much more stylish and lovely!
I am about to repaint my guest bedroom in a neutral color, so I chose a gray for the color of my headboard. I like the modern and unassuming look of a gray fabric, and it goes with so many other colors. But of course your headboard could be absolutely any color at all to match your own decor and likes.
I had been looking around for a headboard for my guest room for some time. But everything I found that I liked was pretty pricey. I really liked the look of the upholstered headboards, but they are the ones usually that are the most expensive.
So, scanning the internet, I found many ideas for making your own upholstered headboard. Combining a lot of different ideas and how to tutorials, I came up with this particular DIY upholstered headboard that I am sharing in this post. You will love this particular DIY, as it is easy and fast (I did the entire thing in about 3 hours). It is really inexpensive to make this elegant looking headboard yourself!
Depending on the materials you source for this, you should be able to make this headboard for far less than $100 total. Plywood is relatively inexpensive to purchase, and you can get quite inexpensive mattress toppers and quilt batting. For this project you do not need high end and expensive mattress toppers and quilt batting, so look around and find the cheapest options and the best deals.
My high end cost on this DIY project was actually the IKEA curtains. I really wanted the gray that I had seen in the Hannalena curtains for my fabric headboard. But you can buy less expensive fabric. The pair of curtains I used were about $30, and I only used one panel on my Queen sized headboard.
Note: This DIY is for a queen sized headboard, but you can change it to whatever size headboard you need to make, if you don’t want a queen size. See the instructions in the section below under Take the Measurements for your Upholstered Headboard for full details on how to make the size headboard that YOU need.
DIY Upholstered Headboard Supplies Needed
DIY Upholstered Headboard Tools Needed
Take the Measurements for your Upholstered Headboard
You will need to know exactly the size of headboard that YOU will need for this project. The instructions in this DIY project are for a queen sized bed, which is what I made.
Just as a guide, these are average bed sizes:
Single/Twin: 38 inches wide
Double: 54 inches wide
Queen: 60 inches wide
King: 76 inches wide
You will need to measure YOUR bed to determine the size of headboard that YOU will need to make. Use the dimensions of your mattress to make the headboard the height that you personally want and need.
For this project I made a queen size headboard, and the piece of plywood that I used was 1/2 inch thick and measured 20 inches x 60 inches in size. This fit the size of my particular queen mattress.
The width of your headboard should be the same width as your mattress. The height of your headboard is entirely up to what you would like. It may help you to place tape on your wall to see what kind of height would work the best for you. I made mine 20 inches high.
You can buy plywood in most hardware stores, such as Home Depot, Lowes etc. A lot of the stores can actually cut the board to size for you to save you having to cut the board yourself.
Steps for Making the Upholstered Headboard
How to Hang Your Upholstered Headboard
I used OOK 55316 13-Piece Up to 200 Pound Hangman French Cleat with Hardware to attach the headboard to the wall.
I hung the headboard on the wall so that the bottom is just above the bed frame. By using the mounting kit this attached the headboard really securely and solidly to the wall.
If you don’t want to attach your headboard to the wall, you could make legs for the headboard. This would be a different DIY, but basically you would just need to measure and cut the size legs that you wanted, and then attach them to the headboard.
By wall mounting it, the headboard is so secure against the wall that you can confidently lean against it when you are sitting up in bed, reading a book etc.
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This DIY is for a upholstered bed headboard. This headboard looks fabulous, and it is a really easy and inexpensive headboard to make for your home. No sewing required! This post has step by step instructions and a list of all the supplies that you need to make this outstanding DIY project for your home.