I asked my dad to make me a headboard when I was 12… at 26, I finally got one – and if you ask me, it was totally worth the wait! I had my eye on this fabulous tufted headboard from west elm, and I had saved up enough credit card points to almost buy one – but, being the cheapskate I am, I couldn’t part with the money… so I decided to make my dad help me! AND WE DID IT! image courtesy of westelm.com
I scowered the web looking for tutorials, and found a few decent ones, but not exactly what we needed. Thankfully my dad is a jack of all trades, and between the two of us, we figured it out!
WHAT YOU NEED: fabric, plywood, foam, batting, spray adhesive, saw (or have the people at the the hardware store cut it for you), staple gun, thick string, drill (if you want the tufts).
FIRST – measure your bed and decide how tall you want it… mine does not go all the way to the floor, just the bottom of the mattress. I wanted mine pretty high up the wall. Also consider what size plywood you can get. You will use this for the back. It doesn’t need to be thick, but it needs to be pretty sturdy.
SECOND – find fabric. I wanted a dark grey velour/velvet type fabric and I had to look online. Try searching for upholstery fabric because it is usually wider. I found one with a pattern I liked, but to get it on there the pattern would have to be sideways (the fabric wasn’t wide enough) so that is definitely something to consider – especially if you have a king size bed.
You will also need foam, they sell it at craft stores. The thickness totally depends on what you want, but you will usually need to have it cut to fit. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t wide enough, you can piece them together. I also got “batting” to put between the foam and the fabric, not absolutely necessary, but it does make it a little easier to stretch the fabric.
Once you have all your material in one spot you can get working. We wanted a tufted look, so first we drilled holes in the plywood where we wanted the tufts. This took a lot of measuring and planning. We also decided to put some 1×2′s around to make a “frame” to make it stand out from the wall more. You don’t have to do this either, but I like the look of it. It also adds a few more inches to wrap your fabric around, so make sure you have enough!
Once the holes are in place we used spray adhesive to put the foam on the plywood. Follow the directions on your spray adhesive can! Once the foam is down, spread the batting out and put the headboard, good side down, on top. Then start on one side, and staple it on the back of the plywood. Then go to the opposite side and pull it as tight as you need for the look you want. Then do the other two sides… now onto the fabric. Do the same thing, but you want to pay extra attention to the corners and make sure it looks straight (especially if you have a pattern on your fabric).
Then I took thick string and went through the holes on the back, pulled it tight and tied it off… this was hard because I wanted to be sure it all looked the same!
And here is the finished product! I love it!