If you’re like me, you have some remnant of amazing fabric laying around that you’re not quite sure what to do with. This upholstered headboard will take care of that, plus it attaches easily to the wall instead of trying to bolt it to the bed. Upgrade any bedroom into a luxury retreat on a budget!
You should be fairly confident with your carpentry skills for this one, so if not, recruit a friend 🙂
- Hand saw and Miter board -or- chop/radial saw
- Staple Gun
- Stud Finder
- Skill saw or table saw (only need it for one cut on a smaller piece, so if you don’t have one, bring the piece to someone who does)
Hardware / Home Improvement store:
(TIP: A lot of home improvement stores will cut this for you, so save yourself the trouble and ask!!)
- 1/2″ thick MDF/ Particle board cut to the size of your headboard (anything cheap and relatively lightweight will work) + 1×4″ Lumber in the lengths below to frame it:
(Cheat sheet for lumber sizes you will need)
- Twin ≈ 42″ w x 39″ h 1×4″ Lumber: One 44″ top, Two 40″ sides
- Full ≈ 56″ w x 42″ h 1×4″ Lumber: One 58″ top, Two 43″ sides
- Queen ≈ 62″ w x 50″ h 1×4″ Lumber: One 64″ top, Two 51″ sides
- King ≈ 78″ w x 55″ h 1×4″ Lumber: One 80″, Two 56″
- Cal King ≈ 74″ w x 55″ h 1×4″ Lumber: One 76″, Two 56″
- Approx. 2-4 ft. extra 1×4″ lumber for wall mount brackets (bigger the headboard, more needed)
- Decorative Crown Molding: 6 – 10″ wider than your board (I used Oak for the look I was going for)
- Decorative Base Board (match wood type as crown): Two pieces, same as height of board
- Stain or paint for your molding
- 7/8″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
Fabric or Craft Store:
- Fabric – enough to have at least 6″ extra to overhang all sides of your board.
- Thick batting the size of your board
- Enough cardboard to cover one side of your board
Ok- let’s map this out before tackling!
- Lay out on clean surface:
- Fabric cut to overhang on all sides
- Batting cut to fit board (center on fabric)
- Cardboard cut to fit board (center on top of batting)
- Center board over top and pull and fold over fabric overhang to staple to the back. To keep it even, line up and staple the middles first, then continue to pull evenly on all sides.
Tip: Look to any pattern in the fabric as a guide!
3. Line up 1×4″ lumber on the same back side and attach using wood screws. Wood should hang over the edge so molding can attach to the front. This is what it should look like when you flip it over!
4. Attach pre-stained or painted molding to front using wood glue, clamps. (Can use small finishing nails to tack down if needed.)
5. Prep Wall Mount: This is where you need either a table saw or a skill saw to cut a 45° angle along one of the long sides of your scrap 1×4″ lumber, then cut in half so you have two even pieces.
6. Attach Bracket #1 to the back of the headboard. The point of the cut edge should be facing down with the longer edge on the outside. Use wood screws to mount centered just below the top piece of 1×4″ framework.
7. Attach Bracket #2 to studs in the wall above the bed (use a stud finder). Cut edge facing up with the longer edge on the outside. Try to make it as centered as possible, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Height will vary based on the size and height of the headboard.
(Tip: Easiest way to do this is to have a friend help you hold it up while you mark on the wall where the bottom of Bracket #1 hits!)
8. Attach headboard to the wall. Lower Headboard Bracket #1 down onto Bracket #2 on the wall. The teeth created by the 45º cut on the 1×4″ lumber will match and grab together. Make any adjustments to center above bed.