Building a headboard is an easy to moderate home improvement project with room for personal creativity and fun. To make a simple headboard, square pieces of ply can be used and covered with upholstery. However, More intricate headboards can be created with patterned designs or recycled materials.
Building an upholstered headboard
- Safety glasses
- Power drill
- Drill bits
- Staple gun
- Polyester batting
- Finish nails
- 3/8” plywood
- Upholstery thread
- Mirror hangers
Mark and drill the plywood
- Mark the centre point of the plywood and use a yardstick to draw a line across the diagonal with a pencil.
- Draw an intersecting diagonal and mark the point where the lines meet.
- Put on safety glasses and use a power drill with a medium bit to drill holes through all the pencil marked spots.
Arrange the fabric and batting
- Pick a piece of upholstery fabric that is 6” longer than the piece of plywood on all sides.
- Lay it on a work surface with the right side facing down.
- Cut batting a few inches longer that the piece of plywood on all sides.
- Place it on top of the face down fabric.
- Top it with a similar sized piece of thin batting foam.
- Centre the drilled plywood on top of the three layers of material.
Attaching fabric to plywood
- Pull all three layers of material snugly over each corner of the wood and staple it.
- Do the same to cover the hard edges on the sides of the board.
Hanging the headboard
- Hang the headboard with mirror hangers equidistant from the centre of the headboard.
- Use very short screws.
- Use a level and an anchor if you don’t have a wall stud available.
Making a headboard from recycled items
You may recycle unique wooden items and add your own personal touch to create a headboard. Just follow steps 1-3 under ‘hanging the headboard’ above to hang the customised headboard above your bed. Below are a list of a few recyclable items that can be used:
- Old closet doors
- Picket fence
- Wooden shutters
- Boxed panelling
- Mosaics of recycled glass, china or tiles
- Photo collage
- Wooden boat wheel
- Arched Arbor
Making a traditional headboard
For a traditional headboard you will need to obtain a patterned design from your local hardware store. These patterns contain detailed instructions and specifications for tools and materials.
Tips and warnings
- Choose the right headboard measurement to correspond with the width and height of your bed. Also measure the space above your bed where the headboard will hang.
- This article gives you the step by step guide to creating a floating headboard. This headboard is not intended to be attached to your bed. For a more intricate headboard, design plans and patterns may be obtained at your local hardware store.
- To create intricately carved headboards seek assistance. More intricate headboards require advanced skills in carpentry.