Step 1

Cut Fabric for Headboard

Measure and Cut Fabric for Headboard

Determine Headboard Size and Cut Fabric

Measure from top edge of baseboard to ceiling to determine headboard height. Add 12 inches to this measurement to determine length to cut fabric panels. Cut two equal lengths from fabric.

Step 2

Sew Together Fabric Panels

Sew Fabric Together

Sew Fabric Together

Stack fabric panels with right sides together and pin side seams, making sure to align pattern if using a printed fabric. Sew down entire edge of fabric on both sides, creating a long sleeve.

Step 3

Cut Two Fabric Panels

Cut and Iron Fabric Panels

Cut Panels and Iron

Measure and mark center of one length of fabric, then cut, creating two side panels. Iron seams open on backside of fabric.

Step 4

Build a Headboard Frame

Construct Headboard Frame

Construct Headboard Frame

Using headboard dimensions, cut plywood and 1x4 boards to size. Position plywood to create headboard size then attach four 1x4 boards along plywood edges with screws to create outer frame.

Step 5

Trim Foam and Line Headboard Frame

Line Frame with Foam

Line Frame With Foam

Trim four sheets of foam to fit snugly within headboard frame.

Step 6

Cover Frame and Foam with Batting

Cover Foam with Batting

Cover Foam With Batting

Spread two layers of batting over foam and frame leaving at least two inches excess on all sides.

Step 7

Place Fabric Over Batting and Frame

Cover Batting With Fabric

Cover Batting With Fabric

Center fabric panel over batting and frame with at least four inches excess extending beyond all sides. Adjust fabric placement to ensure pattern is equal on left and right sides of frame.

Step 8

Secure Fabric to Headboard with Nail Trim

Tuck Edges and Secure With Nail Head Trim

Tuck Edges and Secure With Nail Head Trim

Tuck fabric and batting firmly under headboard frame along all sides to hold in place. Secure fabric to headboard by hammering nail head trim through fabric into frame every six inches. As you hammer, make sure to keep fabric taut. To create a placement guide for the nail heads, draw a straight line with fabric marker. Continue adding nail heads until border around entire frame is created.

Step 9

Glue Excess Fabric to Frame

Glue Fabric to Frame

Glue Fabric to Frame

Pull excess fabric out from under frame. Apply fabric glue along top and side edges of wood frame. Press fabric firmly onto glue and tuck under frame. Allow to dry for at least one hour.

Step 10

Create Clean Corners

Create Finished Corners

Create Finished Corners

Fold under excess fabric at each corner to create a clean corner. Hammer nail head trim along top of fold to secure.

Step 11

Attach Fabric to Frame with a Staple Gun

Staple Fabric to Frame

Staple Fabric to Frame

Staple fabric to top and bottom edges of headboard. Note: Do not staple side edges which will be visible after installation.

Step 12

Attach Fabric to Back

Turn Fabric Over and Attach Fabric to Back

Turn Fabric Over and Attach Fabric to Back

Flip frame over then trim off excess fabric and batting from edges and corners. Fold fabric over back of frame and securely staple.

Step 13

Attach to Wall

Attach Headboard to Wall

Attach to Wall

Apply heavy-duty construction adhesive to back of headboard frame. Position headboard against wall and press in place. Firmly brace headboard against wall using two 2x4 boards and a sheet of plywood. Let glue set 48 hours before replacing bed.