Oh, how I love an upholstered headboard! They’re perfect for adding that “boutique hotel vibe”. And when covered in a statement fabric they can create a huge impact in the room.

So when was time to decorate Mimi’s bedroom, I decided to make one myself… it saved me a lot of money and it was super easy and quick to make! Actually, it was so easy that I ended up making a second one for our guest’s bedroom too!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1.9cm MDF Board (1.35m x 1m – for a standard double bed) – Plywood would work too!
  • 3.8cm Firm Density Foam (Same size as the board)
  • 4oz Polyester Wadding/ Batting (About 20 cm larger in length and width than the MDF board)
  • Fabric (About the same size as the wadding) – I had a smaller piece of fabric and it was almost not enough!!!
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Upholstery Nails/ Carpet Tacks- Optional (I like using them on the corners)
  • Magnetic Tack Hammer – Optional
  • Heavy-Duty D-Ring Hooks
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws

And here are the steps I followed:

STEP 1: Lay out the board on a clean floor.

STEP 2: Spray the adhesive all over the board.

STEP 3: Place the foam on top of the board, making sure it is centred.

STEP 4: Spray the adhesive all over the foam.

STEP 5: Place the wadding over the foam, making sure it is very smooth and well stretched.

STEP 6: Lift it up from the floor and place it against a clean wall or something else to give it some support (I leant it against the sofa).

STEP 7: Staple the wadding to the back of the board, pulling it very tightly as you go.

STEP 8: Place the headboard back on the floor and install the d ring hooks on the back of it… I left 10cm from the top edges and 10 cm from the side edges of the headboard. (As you can see on the images below, I installed two on the sides and one on the middle… but the middle wasn’t really necessary, and it was a very hard to hang it!!!)

STEP 9: Lift the headboard up and lean it against somewhere again.

STEP 10: Place the fabric on the headboard and start stapling it, pulling and stretching it as you go.

And ta-dah… Your headboard is ready to be hanged!

So, did I manage to inspire you to make one too? Or have you done one before and have any tips about making it?

Please tell us in the comments below… I would love to know±

To a colourful life,

Ju xx