Upholstered Headboard With Nail Head Trim

Create a dramatic focal point in your bedroom with a custom, upholstered headboard that extends to the ceiling.

Black & White Patterned Upholstered Headboard

Patterned Headboard

Materials Needed:

  • 6 yards 54" wide fabric
  • 6 yards 90" wide batting
  • (4) 24" x 84" sheets 2" high density foam
  • 3 sheets 1/2" plywood
  • (4) 1x4 boards
  • (2) 2x4 boards
  • nail head trim (approximately 800 nails)
  • (50) 1-1/4" screws
  • screwdriver
  • staple gun and upholstery staples
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • iron
  • fabric scissors
  • fabric glue
  • temporary fabric pen
  • construction glue
  • tape measure
  • hammer
  • blanket

Determine Headboard Size and Cut Fabric

Measure from top edge of baseboard to ceiling to determine headboard height. Add 12 inches to this measurement to determine length to cut fabric panels. Cut two equal lengths from fabric.

Measuring Tape Measuring Brown and Beige Patterned Fabric

Measure Fabric With Measuring Tape

Sew Fabric Together

Stack fabric panels with right sides together and pin side seams, making sure to align pattern if using a printed fabric. Sew down entire edge of fabric on both sides, creating a long sleeve.

Aligning Panels of Beige and Brown Patterned Fabric

Align and Sew Fabric Panels Together

Cut Side Panels and Iron

Measure and mark center of one length of fabric, then cut, creating two side panels. Iron seams open on backside of fabric.

Large Piece of Beige and Brown Patterned Fabric With Ironed Seams

Prepare Side Panels

Construct Headboard Frame

Using headboard dimensions, cut plywood and 1x4 boards to size. Position plywood to create headboard size then attach four 1x4 boards along plywood edges with screws to create outer frame.

Unfinished Wood Headboard Frame

Construct Headboard Frame

Line Frame With Foam

Trim four sheets of foam to fit snugly within headboard frame.

Green Foam Placed on Wood Headboard Frame

Line Headboard Frame With Foam

Cover Foam With Batting

Spread two layers of batting over foam and frame leaving at least two inches excess on all sides.

Large Piece of Batting Spread Over Piece of Foam

Cover Foam With Batting

Cover Batting With Fabric

Center fabric panel over batting and frame with at least four inches excess extending beyond all sides. Adjust fabric placement to ensure pattern is equal on left and right sides of frame.

Brown and Beige Patterned Fabric Spread Over Batting

Cover Batting With Fabric

Tuck Edges and Secure With Nail Head Trim

Tuck fabric and batting firmly under headboard frame along all sides to hold in place. Secure fabric to headboard by hammering nail head trim through fabric into frame every six inches. As you hammer, make sure to keep fabric taut. To create a placement guide for the nail heads, draw a straight line with fabric marker. Continue adding nail heads until border around entire frame is created.

Line Drawn on Fabric Guiding Nailhead Placement

Draw Line on Fabric to Guide Nailhead Placement

Glue Fabric to Frame

Pull excess fabric out from under frame. Apply fabric glue along top and side edges of wood frame. Press fabric firmly onto glue and tuck under frame. Allow to dry for at least one hour.

Wood Headboard Frame Lined With Fabric Glue

Glue Fabric to Headboard Frame

Create Finished Corners

Fold under excess fabric at each corner to create a clean corner. Hammer nail head trim along top of fold to secure.

Corner of Nailhead Upholstered Headboard

Create Finished Corners

Staple Fabric to Frame

Staple fabric to top and bottom edges of headboard. Note: Do not staple side edges which will be visible after installation.

Staple Gun Attaching Fabric to Edge of Headboard Frame

Staple Fabric to Headboard Frame

Turn Frame Over and Attach Fabric to Back

Flip frame over then trim off excess fabric and batting from edges and corners. Fold fabric over back of frame and securely staple.

Stapled Back Corner of Upholstered Headboard

Staple Fabric to Back of Headboard Frame

Attach to Wall

Apply heavy-duty construction adhesive to back of headboard frame. Position headboard against wall and press in place. Firmly brace headboard against wall using two 2x4 boards and a sheet of plywood. Let glue set 48 hours before replacing bed.

Headboard Pushed Against Wall With Plywood and Wood Boards

Attach Headboard to Wall

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