How to Upholster a No-Sew Headboard

Update your bedroom with a upholstered headboard without bringing out the sewing machine.

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Measure and Cut Decorative Fabric

Cut the decorative fabric to fit the length and width of wooden frame, allowing excess fabric for wrapping it around the edges and attaching it to the back of the headboard. We allowed a 6-inch overage on each side, so 12 inches total to the frame's width and height.

Attach Decorative Fabric

Wrap decorative fabric around the headboard's edge, stapling it onto backside, continuously pulling fabric taut as you staple. When wrapping the fabric around the legs, cut a 1-inch slit in the fabric on the inside of the leg and wrap the fabric under the headboard. Cut a 2- to 3-inch slit in the fabric on the top corners of the headboard and fold over before stapling to create a clean crease.

Attach Backing Fabric

Measure and cut backing fabric to fit the headboard, approximately 1/4-inch shorter on each side than the actual headboard. Staple the bottom edge of the fabric to the back top edge of the headboard. Measure and cut a narrow piece of cardboard that is the length of the headboard. Staple the piece of cardboard to the back top edge, on top of the backing fabric. When the fabric is folded over the cardboard, it will create a clean edge at the top of the headboard.

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