How to Upholster a Headboard
Build a headboard from fabric and plywood or buy one ready-made and turn in early
A plush headboard doesn't have to be a luxury reserved for fancy hotels. Hanging one in your bedroom adds an element of warmth without the cost that comes with buying an entire bed frame. And building a headboard yourself is easier than you might imagine. You'll use ¾-inch plywood as the backing and wrap it in 1-inch-thick foam padding to create soft, rounded edges before attaching the fabric. Then you'll finish it with nailhead trim sold in strips, saving you hours of tapping in individual nails around the perimeter. If you'd rather buy a headboard, expect to pay a premium for a tufted design or upscale fabrics. Whether you build or buy your new headboard, position it on the wall so that the bottom lands below the mattress, giving the impression that it extends all the way to the floor.
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We built a 60-inch-wide headboard that is 48 inches tall, to hang behind a queen-size bed.
¾-inch pine plywood back: one @ 48 by 60 inches
1x4 pine for the French cleat: one @ 54 inches
1-inch-thick foam padding: Cut to fit.
Cotton batting: Cut to fit.
Fabric: Cut to fit.