How to Make Your Own Tufted Headboard
Tufted and upholstered headboards aren’t the new kids on the block by any means, but it does seem like they’ve risen in popularity the past few years. So creating one has been on my to-do list so I can share with all of you how to make one yourself and save big money on a store-bought one!
I’ve had this post from Artsy Chicks Rule on creating an ottoman from a coffee table saved for awhile, thinking it’d be a great project for the table in my sunroom. (Maybe one day I’ll get around to doing it…) Then I remembered Nancy had mentioned another tufted ottoman tutorial from Kristi. And Kristi’s ottoman, turned on its side, was exactly what I was looking to make in a headboard.
There’s really not much how-to information I can provide that isn’t better covered in the video above. So be sure to watch it for the full details on how we created a king-sized headboard for Amy’s new house! I do, however, have the material list and a few quick tips on finding what we used below!
- 1/2″ sheet of plywood*, cut to 76″x36″ (for a king-sized bed)
- (2) twin-sized topper*
- quilt batting*
- fabric (3.5 yards for a king-sized headboard)
- level* or yard stick
- tape measure*
- permanent marker
- staple gun* with staples
- 3/4″ roofing nails*
- washers that are 3/4″ diameter*
- fabric button kit, 3/4″ size*
- industrial-strength adhesive*
- wire cutting pliers*
- stud finder*
- heavy duty picture-hanging cleat*
Nails vs Screws
For the most part, we followed along with the tutorials mentioned above. But with one major modification. We used nails instead of screws.
The main reason we used nails instead of screws was to allow us to use a less expensive fabric. Driving screws can twist and bunch the fabric. Just make sure the heads of the nails are large enough that the washers don’t slip off. That’s why we went with roofing nails. They have big, flat heads.
Foam and Batting
We also used 1-1/4″ mattress toppers instead of foam from the craft store to save a few dollars. Buying foam that is thick enough and long enough can be really expensive. But using foam mattress toppers doubled-up isn’t noticeable once the fabric is on top! If you do want to go with regular foam, get something 2 inches or thicker to get nice, deep tufts.
To find the quilt batting or fabric button kits, head to your local sewing supply or craft store. We picked up ours in the craft section of our local Walmart. So don’t overlook that option!
Hang It Up
And finally, that picture-hanging cleat is the bomb. It was about $15 (found in the hardware section of the home center) but can hold up to 200 pounds! More than enough to hang this giant headboard-after you locate the studs of course!
If you want to attach your headboard to an existing bed frame, check out Sheena’s headboard. Ironically, she posted about her headboard about the same time I was working on this one and she used the same tutorial that inspired me!
The hardest part of this whole project was the math to figure out how many tufts and where to put them. Once you get passed that, it’s definitely an easy project for a beginner DIYer! It’ll take a little less than a day to complete in full, but you can also divide up the steps very easily and spread your work over a few nights.
And once you’re done, your head and your bed will thank you!
What kind of headboard do you have? We’ve got a dainty iron bed that looks cute, but it’s not so comfy when you want to lounge and peruse the internet or read a magazine before bed. You can also check out this campaign style stained wood headboard I’ve created too!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
*This post contains affiliate links*