How to Upholster a No-Sew Headboard
Update your bedroom with a upholstered headboard without bringing out the sewing machine.
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Apply Padding to Back of Headboard
Measure and cut felt padding and polyester fiber and staple to backside of headboard to cover the wooden frame. Fold the backing fabric over the piece of cardboard at the top and over the padding to cover the backside of the headboard.
Secure Backing Fabric
Place upholstery tack strips face up around the border of the backside of the headboard. Punch the nails on the tack strip through the backing fabric. Fold the tack strips over so the nails are going into the headboard frame. Hammer the tack strips into the headboard to create a clean line all the way around.
Apply Nailhead Trim
Pick a starting point at the bottom left corner of the front of headboard. With a pencil and yardstick, draw a straight line up along the edge of the headboard. Continue this line across the top of the headboard and down the other side to ensure the layout of the nailheads will be the same distance from the border all the way around. Hammer the nailheads along the line with equal spacing between each one.
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