DIY Headboard

Bam! Just like that – we got the headboard done!

I couldn’t be prouder.  I don’t think we’ve ever finished a project so quickly! Excluding the trip to the fabric store, Lowe’s and then the trip to Home Depot, we got this project done in about four hours.

First, I should clarify that we made a queen size headboard and your supplies might vary depending on what size you build. We settled on 62 inches x 32 inches.

Supplies include:

  • 2 yards of fabric – we used waverly ellis  fabric in turquoise at $14.99/yd
  • 2 yards of batting – $10
  • foam – already had
  • 5.0 mm plywood (not the treated kind) – $15
  • 1 x 3 x 8 wood trim – $12
  • brackets – $3
  • wood glue – $3
  • adhesive spray – $6

In total we spent $80 on this project but that did not include the foam since we already had that. I don’t usually list out project costs but I wanted to prove everyone wrong who says you can’t build a headboard for $100.

Let’s get to it.

The first task was to build the frame.  We cut the plywood to 62 x 32 inches. And then built a frame to reinforce the strength and to allow the headboard to be mounted to the wall.

We glued the joints together with some wood glue and reinforced them with some brackets.

Then we glued the frame to the plywood and used the nail gun to make sure the frame is really strong.

The headboard ends up having a lot of weight to it so you don’t want to cheap out on the materials or structure.

The next step was to cut the foam to 62 x32 inches to cover the plywood. I mentioned that we already had the foam on hand – it was a mattress topper from our old mattress. I didn’t want it end up in a landfill and it came in handy for this project!

After I marked out the dimension, it was easy to cut with scissors after scoring it with a knife using a straight edge. Pardon the feet – I wanted to show the score mark. Using scissors alone would have been a tiresome process because of the foam’s thickness.

Then I used a little spray adhesive to tack the foam to the plywood.

After the foam was set, we flipped over the headboard so the foam side was down and covered it with the batting using a staple gun. This part is where you have to be careful to shape the edges of the foam just right so the edges are all the same slightly rounded thickness.

Then it was time to cut the fabric to the size of the headboard. I actually ordered extra fabric to make curtains later so this step was critical for our project but might not be if you have the correct size fabric to begin with.

After repeating the same steps as before with the staple gun, the headboard is complete!

Folding the corners was by far the hardest part. I recommend taking your time and not stapling too close to the ends so you have lot of fabric to work with when initially folding.

The last part to this project is mounting it to the wall. Which we have not done yet. (UPDATE: Hanging the Headboard is done. Check it out HERE.)

For now, the headboard is resting on the box spring.  I tossed the cut fabric over the window so you can get a glimpse of my next project.

This project was totally worth the time and money in my book. It almost makes me want to create a new headboard for the master bedroom too – almost.

What do you think? Would you make a headboard for your guests?

12 thoughts on “DIY Headboard

    • designing main street says:

      I’m planning to get rid of the curtains – they were from our old dining room and just ended up here when we moved in since the last owners took all the blinds with them! I’d love new bedding – but I don’t know if its in the budget right now. The sheets in the guest room are new – 100% cotton DKNY sheets from HomeGoods but I’m not a fan of them because they are so wrinkly and clingy!!


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