Tutorial ~ DIY Upholstered Twin Size Headboard

by Aubrey on August 15, 2011

Diy Upholstered Headboard

I finished my girls’ room, and I’m excited to show you how cute it turned out!  Today I just have a tutorial for the easy upholstered headboards I made and then next week I will show you some of the other things that I did.  It brings a smile to my face every time I walk into their room.  :-)


  • 20 x 38 inch piece of plywood
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • 4 or 5 layers of batting (depending on the thickness of it)
  • staple gun
  • nails with a large head (I used carpet nails)
  • button kit and extra fabric scraps
  • hot glue gun


Before we (my husband and I) began making the headboards I ironed the fabric.  Then I cut out three layers of batting the exact size of the board and then two larger layers to match the yard of fabric.  Place all the layers on the floor starting with the fabric facing right side down, the two larger pieces of batting and then the three smaller ones.

Place the wood over all the layers and get out the staple gun.

Tightly wrap one side of the fabric and batting around the board and staple it to the board.

Then do the opposite side pulling tightly and stapling.

Next, fold the corners over making sure they are pulled tightly and staple each side.

Then trim the fabric and batting so there will be room for the hardware.

The hardware we used on the back to hang it on the wall was the Large Keyhole Hangers.  You’ll want to put one each side, near the top, in the corner.  I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of it.  It is a little bit of a pain to get it hung, but once it’s up it won’t be going anywhere!

Now turn it over and decide where you want to put the buttons.  We measured the spacing between them for accuracy since we were making two and wanted them to look exactly the same.  Mark where you decide to put the buttons, then hammer a nail into each of the spots.

Then with the hot glue gun, just glue the fabric covered buttons over the top of the nail heads, hang, and your finished!

Making an upholstered headboard is so simple, pretty inexpensive, and adds a lot to any room.  Stay tuned next week to see how I made some fabric dots to put on the wall…so cute and easy!


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Keisha August 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I LOVE this..and my little princess has the same name :) This is being filed for one of my fall projects.

Thanks for sharing!


Suzanne August 17, 2011 at 2:31 am

Oh my goodness this looks so great, I love it! Great job on finishing the girls room I know you must feel good about it :)


Alesha August 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

That headboard is fabulous! I have to say, though, I really have fallen in love with the bedding. Where can I find it?


Aubrey August 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

Thanks Alesha! Isn’t the bedding fun? I got it at Kohls for a great price! I hope you are able to get it!


Alesha August 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You’re welcome. It’s the funnest! Thank you for sharing. :)


Amy August 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Cute! Looks trendy too! Not the 1970′s headboard we have on our own bed. :(


Aubrey August 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Time to make your own Amy! :-)


Shanea August 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

Looks great and easy too! Saving this for later :)


Meredith Resnick September 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

You make this look easy. I am tempted to try… LOVE it!
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

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Wendy April 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I know this is quite old, but what size button covers did you use?


Destri August 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hi Wendy,

so sorry for the delayed reply – but just in case you still need it 1/2 inch works great!


Brandy January 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

I love that you used nails to make the tufts and just covered them instead of having to sew buttons on. GENIUS!


Aubrey January 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Thanks! :-)


Andie January 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Looks great! How has it held up? Did the fabric pull away from the nails at all with use?


Aubrey January 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm

It has held up great! Surprisingly I haven’t had any problems with the fabric, and I definitely didn’t use the most high quality. I’m getting ready to make another one for the new bed my hubby and I just bought. This first headboard I made was almost 6 years ago and the only problems I’ve ever had was kids pulling the buttons off, luckily they can just be glued back on. :-)


Heather April 19, 2013 at 1:38 am

What would you estimate the cost of this project? Mainly the wood…


Kyrsten Sloat July 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

How thick was the piece of plywood that you used? I have been redoing my daughter’s room and this headboard would be absolutely perfect.


Destri August 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi Kyrsten,

Aubrey measured and said 1/2 inch is what she used. We would love to know how it goes!


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