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DIY With Nicole: Another Day Another Headboard

With the recent trend of tidying up and purging unwanted goods, there’s one place I don’t touch: my fabric stash. Sometimes you see the right fabric, but you don’t know how you’ll use it, but when the right project comes along, you’ll be glad you have it (though tidying experts may beg to differ, but that will be our little secret).

On the last blog, I shared a simple headboard which you can check out here:DIY Headboard with Nicole, and now we’re at it again, but this time we’re making an upholstered headboard.

This headboard requires a little bit more materials and patience, but in the end, you’ll be so impressed with yourself that anyone who comes to your home will surely be invited for a tour to show off your new headboard. Where the last one was just wood, this one incorporates fabric, so you can make your own upholstered headboard.

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·MDF, cut to size of the bed (height depends on what you want on your wall. TIP: If you're unsure of the size, you can tape the outline of where you think looks best, using painter's tape)

·Quilting batting

·Foam (You can purchase from the fabric store, or, you can use the egg crate mattress cover for an affordable option).

·Fabric of your choice (ironed and ready to use)

·Spray adhesive

·Staple gun (and staples of course!)



1.    Lay your egg crate foam on the MDF and cut to size. (Another option is to leave the egg crate foam, spray the adhesive, and then trim the edges.)

2.    Carefully spray the foam and lay the MDF on top. Allow it to dry (won’t take long!).

3.    To ensure a smooth covering, next lay down the quilting batting and place the headboard piece on top. I recommend leaving about 3-4” of battling so you have lots to work with stapling it to the back side of the headboard. Once stapled, trim any excess batting.

4.    Ensuring that you’re working on a clean workspace, lay out your fabric of choice. You’ll need the fabric to be a few inches larger than the MDF piece so that it can be stapled on the back.

5.    Lay the MDF foam side down onto the fabric, and starting in the top center, pull the fabric to the back and staple. From there, work your way along that edge of the headboard. Once the top portion is complete, start along the bottom side, pulling the fabric tightly and stapling on the back.

6.    Next, you’ll move to the sides of the headboard, ensuring that you’re pulling the fabric nice and tight and stapling it on the back. You may need to tuck or trim the fabric to ensure you have properly folded corners. The back doesn’t have to look nice, so you can play around with the front side, and then staple on the back as needed.

7.    To put the headboard up, you may need to build simple brackets to have it stand up (ie if you have a bed frame, but no headboard), or you can attach the headboard to a dated bed frame with a headboard (with hooks). How you attach the headboard really depends on what you currently have. I had an older wooden bed, so I simply covered it up by attaching the new headboard from behind. This can be done with some pre-drilled holes, and some scrap pieces of wood on the backside of your MDF headboard, then drilling screws into your piece. This step is probably the most complicated, so if you’re not the handiest person or nervous to ruin your masterpiece, I recommend consulting with a handy person or family member to ensure that you have the proper pieces in place.

In the end, you have a beautiful, upholstered headboard, at a fraction of the cost. If you or someone you know is great with a scroll saw, you can also create some neat designs on the shape of your headboard.

Keep an eye out for fabric for that next great project!

Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022