I’ve always loved upholstered headboards, they are SO perfect for giving that “boutique hotel vibe” and when covered with the right fabric they can make a huge statement in a space.
I have used them on high-end projects quite a few times, and I know that they can be quite pricey! So when was time to decorate our little girl’s bedroom, I decided to make one myself… it saved me a lot of money and it was super easy and quick to make! Actually, it was so easy that I ended up making a second one for our guest’s bedroom!
Here is what you will need:
- 1.9cm MDF Board (1.35m x 1m – for a standard double bed) – Plywood would work too!
- 3.8cm Firm Density Foam (Same size as the board)
- 4oz Polyester Wadding/ Batting (About 20 cm larger in length and width than the MDF board)
- Fabric (About the same size as the wadding) – I had a smaller piece of fabric and it was almost not enough!!!
- Spray Adhesive
- Staple gun
- Upholstery Nails/ Carpet Tacks- Optional (I like using them on the corners)
- Magnetic Tack Hammer – Optional
- Heavy Duty D-Ring Hooks
- Measuring Tape
And here are the steps I followed:
STEP 1: Lay out the board on a clean floor.
STEP 2: Spray the adhesive all over the board.
STEP 3: Place the foam on top of the board, making sure it is centred.
STEP 4: Spray the adhesive all over the foam.
STEP 5: Place the wadding over the foam, making sure it is very smooth and well stretched.
STEP 6: Lift it up from the floor and place it against a clean wall or something else to give it some support (I leant it against the sofa).
STEP 7: Staple the wadding to the back of the board, pulling it very tightly as you go.
STEP 8: Place the headboard back on the floor and install the d ring hooks on the back of it… I left 10cm from the top edges and 10 cm from the side edges of the headboard. (As you can see on the images below, I installed two on the sides and one on the middle… but the middle wasn’t really necessary, and it was a very hard to hang it!!!)
STEP 9: Lift the headboard up and lean it against somewhere again.
STEP 10: Place the fabric on the headboard and start stapling it, pulling and stretching it as you go.
And ta-dah!!! Your headboard is ready to hang!!!
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So, did I manage to inspire you to make one too? Or have you done one before and have any tips about making it? Please tell us in the comments section below… Also if you are on Instagram, please share pics of your homemade headboard with us using the hashtag #designedbyablueberry. Can’t wait to see it!!
Love, Ju xx