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DIY Tufted Headboard

If you are looking for a Do It Yourself project that is inexpensive, that will increase the comfort of your bed and the decor of your bedroom, well have I got an idea for you.

Today I will show you how to make a tufted headboard in less than 1 hour. You can use these simple instructions to also make an upholstered headboard depending on the thickness of the padding you choose. I came across this DIY idea when we purchased a King Size Bed to replace our Queen size bed. Our  wooden headboard that matched our bedroom set would no longer fit. I wanted a cheap but rich looking solution.

I am going to take you from this:

                       PicMonkey Collagetufted hd

To This:


1st, before we get too ahead of ourselves, there will be a few decisions you will need to make:

  • What size headboard are you looking to create: king(76″), Queen(60″), Double(53″) or Twin(38″)
  • How thick would you like it to be?
  • What colour you prefer to match your decor(or create a new look)?
  • What Bling will you add as your finishing touch.

You can see from the picture above that the supplies required are minimal:

  • Plywood cut to the width and height you prefer(mine is 32″ high and 76″ wide). You can get an associate at your local hardware store to cut this to size. $20
  • Upholstery foam. This can be purchased at most fabric store OR even better recycled from some old sofa cushions. $30
  • Fabric. I used 1 panel from a set of curtains I purchased at a home decor shop. They are lined and I only used 1 for this DIY project. Set of curtains, $30/2=$15
  • Heavy duty stapler with lots of staples.
  • Glue Gun with glue sticks.
  • Screw driver
  • Screws $1
  • Washers $1
  • Measuring Tape
  • Bling $4

Total Creation: Less than $75

Here we go…

Place your board on the floor and place the foam cut to the same dimensions on top. You do not need to adhere the board to the foam. Wrap the curtain or heavy fabric over the foam and board, staple on back of board, repeat until your fabric is good and tight, pulling out any wrinkles or kinks as you go. If you make a mistake while stapling, no problem, it is the back of your headboard so you can simply pull the staple and start over. Don’t be too severe on tightness as you will be puncturing the fabric soon.

Once your fabric is nice and smooth and attached all the way around your new headboard, you will need to take some measurements depending on what you plan to “tuft” your headboard with. I created a diamond headboard using inexpensive bling from the fabric store.

Mark blingyour tuft locations, than use your screwdriver to insert the screw with washers to form a “tuft”. As you can see to the left, the screw and washers pull the tuft down which allowed me to glue the diamonds to the headboard.

You should now have a pretty snazzy piece of furniture. In my case, we simply hung the headboard like a picture, using wall anchors of course as this will not be a lightweight 🙂


Our DIY Tufted Headboard has added great colour to our yellow and grey bedroom, some bling with the diamonds and softness to the overall decor. Sleep well my friends.

“And the headboard, it came from an old house”– Bed You made for me- Highway 101

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