Upholstery Covered Headboard

Upholstery Covered Headboard

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • 1/2" Plywood
  • 1"x4" Lumber
  • Wood screws
  • Staple gun & 1/2" staples
  • Polyester batting
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • 22 gauge wire
  • Upholstery needle
  • Fray Check
  • Bolts



See PDF for measurement guidance.


Drill four evenly spaced holes in the upper part of the legs (see Diagram A on back page for screw placement) and attach the legs to the headboard with wood screws. Also determine the placement and drill the holes where the headboard attaches to the bed frame. Determine button placement holes, then mark the placement on the back of the headboard. Drill small pilot holes through the headboard at these locations.


  1. Cut three layers of lofty polyester batting to fit the headboard, adding 4' for wrapping around each side. Wrap the batting over the headboard and to the back, cutting around the legs as needed. Staple the batting to the back of the headboard with a staple gun that uses 1/2" staples (see Diagram A on back page).
  2. Stand the headboard upright, with the back toward you. Lay the fabric over the batting to cover the front (right side out) and wrap over the top of the headboard. Turn under the top raw edge 1/2" and staple it in place with the staple gun. Continue stapling the fabric to the headboard all the way across the top.
  3. Lay the headboard front down. Pull the fabric taut around the remaining three sides, wrapping the fabric to the back. Turn under a 1/2" raw edge and staple. The amount of fabric pulled to the back is determined by the thickness of batting on the front. Adjust as needed. Clip around the legs as needed and continue stapling across the back in both directions. Periodically look at the front of the headboard to make sure that the fabric is evenly pulled and stretched to avoid distorting the pattern. The fabric should be tight, but allow some room so the fabric will tuft when the buttons are attached.
  4. Cover 12 buttons with a coordinating fabric following manufacturer's directions on package. Or use large decorative buttons of your choice.
  5. Thread 22-gauge wire in an upholstery needle. Push the needle through the button hole from the back and out through the fabric in front. Slide the button shank onto the wire at the front, then back through the hole. Before pulling the button tight, place a dot of Fray Check on the fabric where the wires enter and exit the fabric. Pull the wire tightly to the back, twisting the wire firmly to hold it in place. Clip off excess wire.
  6. Place the headboard against the bed frame. Using bolts, attach the legs of the headboard to pre-existing holes in the bed frame.
Upholstery Covered Headboard is rated 4.428571428571429 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun for 2 people There was actually 3 of us working on our king size head board. Something that we added was, we used elmers glue to hold the first layer of batting to the wood to keep the batting from shifting.I can't imagine working on this project by myself, there really is a need for a second person to help place the fabric, placement of the buttons and stretching and attaching the fabric. This project was fun, the instruction were great and it took just under 3 hours to complete. Now which bed will I give a new head board to next. A designer look for pennies on the dollar.
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A few suggestions for success Upholstered headboards can really dress up a room. When I have done them, I usually use a piece of 1" or 2" foam with a piece of batting over that for a nice plush feeling. Use spray adhesive to attach the foam to the wood. Also, the picture about the placement of the legs is a bit misleading. Make sure you take the measurement on the bed frame to determine where to place the legs. Another alternative is a french cleat which is more stable.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Looking, Affordable and Easy My husband and I made this headboard in two hours. We also used 2" foam covered with batting like other crafters did. Highly recommend spray adhesive and ball button covers to save time. We were able to create a king-sized headboard for $100.00 thanks to timely sales and coupons. Very easy and looks great in our room!
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Easy!!! I had been looking for an easy way to decorate my bedroom without putting a bunch of holes in my walls. This was perfect. As an experienced crafter, I made the headboard with an oval design instead of a rectangle and it still came out beautiful. Even my husband got involved on this one with me. He loved it also.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabulous my little girl's room looks beautiful very easy to do but looks great.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Check page 2 for further instructions I don't believe Christine realized that there were two pages of instructions to the project. They clearly instruct on how to attach the buttons and how to attach headboard to bed frame. Very easy and looks great!
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't enough direction I just loved the picture online so I thought I would try it. But there needed to be more direction. You said how big the bed would be but you didn't say where to place the buttons or how many. I ended up looking at several instructions from various sites and completed my headboard that way. I definitely wouldn't have given it as an easy level. You also didn't say how to attach to bed frame.
Date published: 2009-01-11
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