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How To: Upholster a Headboard

By DIY Show Off on Jul 31, 2012
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Every single time I see an upholstered headboard, I’m tempted to repurpose our existing furniture so I can DIY one myself. Today Gemma from The Sweetest Digs shares her DIY headboard tutorial.

Tips on How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Gemma’s poor pillows on her “before” bed had no where to lean or rest…

no headboard

Easy, affordable solution? A DIY upholstered headboard of course! Here’s how she did it…

She purchased her fabric and batting then had Home Depot cut her 1/4″ plywood to the right size (using measurements for her bed).

She laid out the batting on her dining room table.


Next she laid her plywood in the center and stapled the batting to the backside.

batting on plywood

Next, she ironed her fabric and laid it out on the dining room table…

fabric for headboard

She laid her plywood in the center and stapled the fabric (starting with the long ends)…

stapling DIY headboard

and ending at the corners…

stapling corners

It’s hanging in place using French cleats (shown here).

Ta-da! Seriously, she made that look so easy, didn’t she? Who knew it was THAT simple and the result? Stunning! The best part? Total cost: $98! Woo hoo! Thanks so much for sharing, Gemma!

DIY upholstered headboard

Love it! A beautiful inexpensive way to accessorize with color and pattern! See the full original post with more detailed instructions {and more DIY from Gemma} at

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