Making your own headboard – Part 2

White tufted headboard with rectangular button pattern

Making your own head board or updating your old upholstered one can be moderately difficult to do but very rewarding. I will show you almost step by step directions you will need to pull it off. The steps are the same for all the headboard style just the size of the boards used will be different.

You will need:

Boards cut to size

Material cut at to size (leave at least 7cm extra on the sides)

Staple gun and staples

Betting cut to size

Foam cut to size

Nails (will depend on the option you choose)

Buttons (optional according to your choice of headboard)

Any home improvement store or building supplies store will be able to help you cut all the boards according to your needs, free of charge. The same applies to the fabric/haberdashery store.

Before you start you’ll need to know a few things about your bed:

1.            Width of your bed: The headboard should be slightly wider than your mattress. Don’t forget – the padding and foam will add slightly to the width also (usually less than 2.5cm).


2.            Height of your headboard: This is up to you; first you’ll want to figure out the purpose of your headboard. Are you creating it only for décor purposes, or is it also for functional purposes such as for resting against it to read a book or watch TV? If it’s for function, be sure you make it tall enough so you can comfortably lean against it without your head hitting the wall!

You can choose to do a few small blocks  or one large one, below is the options of the small blocks

Red squares headboard

This is the patch work look


This is the layering that you should follow

how to layer the items


  1. 1.       Have enough fabric to generously cover the front of your headboard and the back side about 25 cm extra. Wrap the fabric over the top edge of headboard and secure with a staple in the centre, about 7cmfrom the edge.

2. On the opposite edge, pull fabric taut and staple to secure. Repeat on remaining two sides, then staple all around the edges, pulling cloth tight.


3. Fold the fabric at one corner into a neat finish by tucking the excess underneath and smoothing the top down. Secure with three or four staples, keeping the folds flat and even. Repeat for each corner.

4. If you would like to add buttons you should have extra 60cm of fabric from the edge as the button pattern requires more fabric, there are special button that can be bought from your local haberdashery- they should also be able to show you how to cover them with your fabric of choice.

5. Saw your buttons on to the fabric and betting before you staple it on to the board. Take a tailor’s chalk and draw on the diamond pattern on the fabric and saw the buttons on at the crossing point.


When done you can hang on your wall


Posted on December 15, 2011, in Bedrooms, DIY, Great decorating ideas and tips, Interior decorating on a budget and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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