Summer is over and all of my kids are back in school. We’ve had a crazy busy summer and I am so happy to be back to my normal routine. We finally got the bedrooms finished in our basement and our girls have been in their new rooms for about a week. I have spent the last month furiously trying to get everything ready for them to move in and finally getting to accomplish some projects that I’ve had in my head for the last year and a half! I’m excited today to show you how I made my daughter’s upholstered headboard.
- OSB or Plywood
- 3 inch foam
- High-Loft Batting
- Liquid Nails Adhesive
- Staple Gun
- Electric Carving Knife (optional)
Depending on the size of your bed, you will need to decide how big you want your headboard.
- Twin – 38” wide
- Full – 53” wide
- Queen – 60” wide
- King – 76” wide
My daughter is upgrading to a Queen Size Bed, so I wanted to make her headboard 60 inches wide. How tall you want your headboard to be is completely up to you. We decided that about 32 inches high would be good for her.
Cut your sheet of OSB to the size you want your headboard. I cut mine with a table saw, but if you do not have a table saw or a circular saw, your local hardware store will probably cut it for you on site.
Place your OSB on your piece of foam and mark your lines to cut. Cut the foam with an electric carving knife. I know this sounds totally funny, but it is honestly so much easier with one! It was like cutting butter! I’m sure you could probably cut the foam with another sort of knife, but the electric one makes it so easy! If you want your headboard taller than the foam is wide, you can easily use two pieces and cut them to fit on your piece of wood.
Apply your Liquid Nails to your OSB. You could probably use a spray adhesive instead, but I already had this on hand, so that is what I used. You want to make sure that your foam isn’t going to go anywhere. Once you’ve got your Liquid Nails on your OSB, place your foam on it so that it lines up perfectly with the edges.
Spread out your batting and place your headboard on top, leaving about 7-8 inches around the sides and cut away excess. I used a Full-Size piece of batting that I bought at the craft store on sale.
Using your staple gun, staple it tightly around the edges. Pay particular attention to your corners so you don’t get a lot of extra bulk.
Spread out your fabric (make sure you iron it beforehand) and place your headboard on top, again leaving about 7-8 inches around the sides and cut away excess. So, for my Queen Size headboard, I purchased 2.5 yards of this great Gray Hexagon upholstery fabric. It was 56 inches wide, so I have some left over that I can make some matching pillows. Again, using your staple gun, staple it around the edges. You want to make sure and pull it tight so that you don’t have any ripples in your fabric. You’ll also want to pay particular attention to the corners (just like the batting) so you don’t get extra bulk. With a fabric with a horizontal or vertical pattern, make sure you also keep it straight.
To hang the headboard we purchased a French Cleat picture hanging hardware kit that holds up to 200lbs. It made it really easy to hang on the wall straight and secure. I really liked that it had a built in level and was wide enough to span two studs in the wall so that it would hang securely.
And that is it! Super easy, right? It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. It only took me about 45 minutes to build the headboard, and that included cutting the wood. It took two of us to hang it, but that didn’t take very long either.
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