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DIY Headboard

This DIY headboard is my favorite thing in our apartment. I have always wanted a tufted headboard, but they can cost over $500. My husband knew that I wanted one and so we thought we would try a fun project and see how it turned out. We had done various projects before, but nothing this big so we did some research first. The overall project cost us about $100 dollars and it is rewarding to see our hard work hung above our bed each day!

Here are the tools and material that you are going to need to make this headboard:

  • Power drill
  • Circular saw (or any other saw)
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery needles
  • Plywood (does not have to be a good quality since it will be upholstered)
  • Foam
  • Batting (found in fabric department)
  • Buttons (can either be already made buttons or you can make your own buttons out of the fabric you choose)
  • Fabric
  • Strong string (my husband actually used a strong test fishing line that we had lying around the house and it worked great)

This video is a great guide to get started.

Step 1:

Measure out how big you want the headboard to be. We measured how wide and tall we wanted it and made it to that size. Draw the border and the diamond shape out with a sharpie. (I attached a copy of the measurements that we did for a queen sized bed here)

Step 2:

Cut out the edges of the board and drill holes for the diamond shape pattern.

Step 3:

Place foam over the board—the foam that we used was not long enough so we used foam from a different project and it worked just fine.

Step 4:

Place batting over the foam and leave enough on each side of the board to wrap a little bit around the back.

Step 5:

Place fabric over the batting and make sure it extends far enough on each side of the board so you don’t run out of room when adding in the tufts. Making the tufts (start from the middle of the board and move out)

Step 6:

Put the string through the button and push the needle through to the back of the board.

Step 7:

Push the button tight against the board and, with the staple gun, staple the string against the board a few times so that it stays tight.

Step 8:

When you get to the edges of the board, fold the fabric with the batting over to the other side of the board and staple it.