How To Make a Fabric Covered Headboard

After a tiring day nothing is more welcoming than seeing your bed. The sight of it alone relaxes and comforts every nerve in your body. However, as time progresses, it’s quite inevitable to get bored seeing that same furniture in your room over and over. But worry no more because by just making some minor adjustments to your headboard, you can spice up your humdrum cradle.

  • Know your style. This might seem a bit overwhelming since there are a lot of styles and designs you can choose from, but there are a lot of self help websites, magazines and books, which can make you be more in touch with your inner self and help you figure out what you really want. Be daring and bold and uncover what appeals and suits you.
  • Measure it up. What you need to get busy with next is getting the measurement of your bed and your headboard. Your headboard needs to be slightly wider than your mattress so that you won’t have any problems leaning on it whether you choose to stay at the middle or at the side of your bed. When it comes to height, it actually depends on what you prefer but it’s advisable to have it a bit higher so that when you’re sitting up you won’t hit your head on the wall. Majority of headboards have a 2 to 4 inches extension on each side of the mattress, but it still depends on what you like. If you own a platform bed, it would be best to add at least 4 inches to the length of your mattress for your headboard, if you’ll be affixing it to your wall, you can have more say on its width and if you decide to attach it to a bed with a metal frame just be sure that your headboard is aligned perfectly.
  • Getting your materials ready. The most important piece for this project is plywood. You can get it on any hardware or home improvement stores that you prefer. Next is to have your foam ready. It should be at least two inches thick and you can find this on most fabric stores. Also, don’t forget to get some batting. This would be wrapped around the board and foam for that extra thickness. And finally when it comes to fabric, thicker is better. So be more open with vinyl and leather types as this holds up better in time.
  • Getting it done. The easiest of all headboard designs are square and rectangle since you only need to measure the height and width of the bed. But if you’d rather have a more ornamental look such as having curves and arcs, it’s best to start by creating a rough draft template. One uncomplicated way of doing this is tracing the design directly on the wood. Measure your design against the bed and cut it in that dimension. Have your design stand on the bed so you can get a better view and make the necessary adjustments until you get the exact proportion.
  • Stapling and Batting. Once you’re done, you can now start on stapling the foam and batting to your headboard. How much batting you would put depends on how much cushioning you want. Take note however that once fabric is added batting will deflate a bit.
  • Next step is to cover it with fabric. Give an extra allowance of 2-3 inches when measuring your fabric against your headboard. You need to do this as you have to stretch it all the way to the back and staple it on the plywood. In securing the fabric against the wood, it is advisable to begin at the flat side or at the bottom. Work your way by fastening it on the bottom, then on the top, on the left and on the right and so on, and always pull the fabric tightly each and every time. Check once in a while to see how you are doing, if a wrinkle appears just remove the staples on that area and fix it.

Once you’re done you can attach it to the bed and voila you have a new look minus the extra cost!


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