To save money and get the perfect fabric, I LOVE to make a DIY headboard for a bedroom. This tutorial shows how to make a padded DIY headboard, but there are lots of other styles you can make, too: Headboard Ideas.)
DIY headboards like this one are surprisingly EASY to build, and definitely lovely to own! Here is EXACTLY how I made mine:
Step 1: Build the frame
I started with the “width” measurement of the bed which was approximately 54 inches. The height can be whatever you would like — I chose to make mine about a yard higher than the top of my mattress…the same height as a standard piece of foam.
My frame was built using 5 2 x4’s of varying lengths:
- Two for the height from the floor to the top of my headboard
- Two for the width minus 2 inches, and
- One to brace the center…two inches shorter than the height from the bottom horizontal piece to the top one.
small wooden dowel pins, wood glue, a drill with a pre measured tape line to control depth and a small template I made for drilling holes (so they would all be the same.)
Step 2: Attach the padding to the frame
Next I got my foam which was a 4-5 inch thick foam, and cut it to the size of the frame. Then I used spray adhesive to carefully to attach the foam to the frame. Easy!
Step 3: Measure the fabric and sew a slipcover
After attaching the foam, I upholstered a cotton duck fabric from front to back with heavy duty staples and a hand staple gun.
I found an upholstery grade fabric I loved at Hancock Fabrics for the slipcover and got a few yards of it plus some cotton cording so I could give dimension to the seams. I cut three pieces…2 narrow side pieces and one long, wide piece of fabric to cover the front, top, and back of the headboard. I wrapped fabric over the cotton cording and sewed it to the edge of the long, wide piece of fabric. Then I machine stitched the side pieces and sewed a 3/4 inch hem around the bottom to it would slip over the headboard like a dress.
My finished DIY headboard is exactly what I wanted and had been a very useful and cute addition to my bedroom. It also cost me about a third of what it would have to buy a new headboard as nice in the store!