Upholstered headboards can be expensive, but we can help you create your own headboard on the cheap. Follow these step-by-step instructions and learn how to make a headboard that fits both your style and your budget.
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- Residential insulation sheathing, ½ thickness
- Rolled, medium-weight batting
- Grain sacks, coffee bags, or fabric of choice
- Industrial-strength staple gun
- 5/16-inch staples
- Fabric shears
- Utility knife
Design your own cardboard pattern and use a pencil to trace its outline onto insulation sheathing.
Flip the pattern as desired, creating convex and concave curves.
Cut insulation sheathing along the pencil line with a utility knife.
Staple batting overlay onto the insulation board using an industrial strength staple gun. Cut away excess batting.
Spread fabric across the insulation sheathing and batting. Start with the left portion of the headboard and staple fabric to the back of the insulation sheathing. Pull fabric taut. Then, staple fabric to the back of the insulation sheathing’s right portion.
If the pattern involves curves, first cut two-inch slits into the fabric at the board’s curves to release tension.
Next, staple fabric to the top portion of the insulation sheathing, inserting staples into the back of the board. Pull fabric taut and repeat the procedure on the bottom portion of the insulation sheathing. Cut away excess fabric and batting with fabric shears.
Lay headboard flat and iron or steam out wrinkles.
Use an existing tack strip to mount the headboard onto the wall. If a tack strip is not provided, the headboard must extend to the floor.