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DIY Headboard

I’m so excited to share my DIY headboard project. I have been working on updating my daughter’s bedroom and she has been dreaming of a Bohemian linen tufted headboard. Before we begin I wanted to share her bedroom makeover mood board. She wanted it to be romantic, whimsical and fun.

Dreamy Romantic Bedroom Mood Board

Dreamy Romantic Bedroom Makeover

I have made many custom headboards over the years as well as taught classes on DIY upholstering them with fabric, welt cording aka piping, nailheads, and button tufting. Please join me as I transform this bedroom and receive all the updates straight to your inbox HERE!  

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How to Make a Headboard

It is easy and quick to learn how to make a headboard, so let’s get started. You might also like my DIY Wingback Headboard.

After she sketched out her ideas for a Boho headboard I made a craft paper template.

Tip: I have kept a few headboard shape templates from past projects so I can use them as headboard ideas to make new ones.

DIY Headboard craft paper template

DIY Headboard craft paper template

To find the best placement of the headboard I placed her sleeping pillow and bed rest pillow against the paper template to be sure they would not totally cover the headboard. I can easily move the paper template up and down to find the perfect spot. Then I measure the from the floor to the top of the box spring to determine the length for the headboard legs. The legs measured 17″ and the headboard without the legs measured 35″ high by 38″ wide.

Craft paper template with pillows

Craft paper template with pillows

Building a Headboard

After deciding on your headboard design you will need to gather your supplies. Printout the instructions and you are set.

Supplies:

Tools:

Headboard Construction

Headboard frame, foam, Dacron, Fabric and Cord

Headboard frame, foam, Dacron, Fabric, and Cord

Trimming Dacron

Trimming Dacron

Headboard ready for fabric

Headboard ready for fabric

Headboard legs before covering them with Dacron and fabric

Headboard legs before covering them with Dacron and fabric

Place Dacron on legs

Place Dacron on legs

Add linen fabric to legs

Add linen fabric to legs

Pulling the linen over the headboard and staple in place

Pulling the linen over the headboard and staple in place

Make neat folds on the corners

Make neat folds on the corners

Staple cord to headboard front edge

Staple cord to headboard front edge

Finishing the tag on the edges

Finishing the tag on the edges

Fold back the tag and staple tack strip

Fold back the tag and staple tack strip

Adding Dacron strip to out side of headboard

Adding Dacron strip to the outside of the headboard

Flip the tag to the back

Flip the fabric tag to the back of the upholstered headboard

Finishing the tag on the edges

Finishing the tag on the edges

Cording is attached all the way around the headboard

Cording

When I was almost finished creating this headboard my daughter decided she wanted me to add buttons, hence, I went back to the drawing board to add the holes and cover the buttons to use in tufting the headboard.

Button Tufted DIY Headboard

Button Tufted DIY Headboard

The cute live edge tables to the right of the headboard were made from a fallen tree to see how we made them check out this post.

Bohemian DIY Headboard

Bohemian DIY Headboard

Since this DIY fabric headboard was for a twin-sized bed it is essentially a kid’s headboard. Thus, you can use it as a reference for designing your kid’s headboard too. You can see my son’s bedboard HERE for more headboard ideas.

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I just finished creating my new DIY wingback headboard.

Bedroom Makeover with DIY headboard wingback

Bedroom Makeover with DIY headboard wingback

 

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you found some inspiration and are ready to create your own unique headboard masterpiece.

See you soon,

Kippi

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Acryee

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Great stuff, love it!

Leanna

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

The idea of using a paper template to design the headboard is brilliant. I have made my own headboards and the measuring and trying to visualize the sizing is a pain in the neck. Beautiful headboard.

Kippi

Thursday 27th of February 2020

Thank you so much, sweet friend! Hugs, Kippi

Pamela

Monday 24th of February 2020

Your headboard looks amazing. What a fun room! I"m doing my daughter's room but unfortunately it's more than $500 which is why I couldn't join you guys. Can't wait to see your reveal, the feel so far is 100% what you are going after--Bohemian Romance!

Kippi

Thursday 27th of February 2020

Pamela, I hear ya on the $500, but since I already had the elements for these makeovers I could keep it under $500. Also, I DIY everything and that saves $$$. Hugs, Kippi

Rebecca Celhar

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

This DIY headboard is gorgeous! I love how you added the piping!

Kippi

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Thank you so much. I love to add cording to all my upholstery projects. Have a wonderful week, Kippi

angie

Monday 17th of February 2020

love it when I see things being made by hand that otherwise is often purchased great job and thanks so much for the great detailed directions come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Kippi

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Thank you so much! I love handmade too. Hugs, Kippi

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