A Grown Up Headboard

Since I’ve had this super comfy queen sized bed, it’s been missing its key counterpart… the headboard. I bought the mattress and frame during my junior year in college and due to my tiny room and budget, never invested in a headboard. Then when we bought our first house, I had so many other things to buy to furnish the rooms, the headboard quickly fell to the bottom of my “gotta-have-it” list. After many hours of online shopping, I found all of the headboards I loved were $300+ and I simply can’t justify that cost for a guest bedroom… sorry Bumpass guests! So what’s a gal to do when she wants something that’s $300+ for less than $100…? Well, make it herself of course!

If you have 3 hours and ~$100 bucks (depending on your tool supply), you my friend can have your very own handmade tufted headboard.

Here’s whatcha need:

– 1 sheet of 1/2 inch plywood
– Circular saw
– Jigsaw (if you’re cutting an angle, like I did)
– Electric screwdriver and 5/16 drill bit
– 2″ foam (I used foam squares)
– Spray adhesive
– Batting
– 2 yards of fabric (for Queen headboard)
– Staple gun
– Make-your-own button kit
– Decorator needles

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Cut the plywood the width of the bed. Queen bed = ~60″ wide and I left the height as is, 48″. Note: Definitely use sawhorses if you have them, but since we do not, our bench press worked perfectly! Remember my post last month about not using a chainsaw? Well, I still haven’t worked myself up to using a circular saw, so JD stepped in to help out with this part. Thanks shug. :)

Step 2 (Optional): If you want to add a design or curve to your headboard, start by making a pattern. I thought about free handing this, but really wanted it to be symmetrical, so I quickly made a pattern out of card stock and traced it on the plywood. I then used a jigsaw to cut my design. (This is officially my first powertool. And yes, it does live on my side of the garage!)



Step 3: Decide placement for the buttons and drill the appropriate holes. I placed mine 14″ apart and used a 5/16 drill bit to make the holes.


Step 4: Cut the foam to the exact dimensions of the headboard and use a spray adhesive to ensure the foam sticks to the plywood when you stand it up to secure the batting.


Step 5: Cover the foam with batting and tightly staple it to the back of the headboard. The batting makes your foam stay in place, adds another layer of padding, and ensures the color of your foam is hidden. Definitely a good thing, as my foam was sea foam green!


Step 6: Tightly wrap the front of your headboard with fabric and secure it to the back with a staple gun. Pull as hard as possible to ensure the fabric is super tight.

Step 7: Most professionally made headboards have finished backs but since this headboard is going to hang on the wall, I completely skipped this step. TADA!

Step 8: Use decorator needles and a thick thread to add your buttons. I bought the plastic “make-your-own-button” kit from Hancock and although it’s a little hard to assemble, it does the trick. Make sure you get the larger size, as I accidently bought 2 different sizes (Thus why only one row is currently finished!)

Step 9: Enjoy your fabulous new headboard! :) I’m also loving this new DwellStudio coverlet from Target. It’s sold out online, but I found 3 left (and on sale!) at my local target. It’s a perfect match with Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Grey”.




A friend of mine recently told me that you’re officially a grown up when you have a headboard on your bed. Who knew it only took a few hours and about $100 bucks to get there :) What makes you feel like a grown up? Besides 8 hour work days and bills….


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