HGTV Green Home 2012: Headboard Project

Re-create HGTV Green Home's master bedroom headboard for your own queen-size bed! Twenty-five 12-inch upholstered squares are set in five rows of five to create the unique, eco-friendly design.

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Materials Needed:

  • 3/4" plywood, cut into 12"x12"squares (25)
  • 1" foam padding
  • 4 yards of 54-inch-wide fabric
  • 16" French cleat
  • 1" x 4" boards, cut to 4 1/2' long (4)
  • 1-5/8" drywall screws (64)
  • power drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • Phillips head bit for power drill
  • staple gun
  • 1 box of 3/8" staples
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • level

Cut Fabric Squares

Mark the top of each square with a marker. Lay the fabric face down on a clean flat surface. Using a straightedge, mark 16" x 16" squares on the fabric. (Note: Most fabrics have a "grain." It will be necessary to make a mark on the back of the fabric noting the "top" of each square.) Cut out each square after making the appropriate markings.Mark the top of each square with a marker. Lay the fabric face down on a clean flat surface. Using a straightedge, mark 16" x 16" squares on the fabric. (Note: Most fabrics have a "grain." It will be necessary to make a mark on the back of the fabric noting the "top" of each square.) Cut out each square after making the appropriate markings.

Prepare Each Headboard Square

Lay a single fabric square face down. Center the padding on top of the fabric square. Center a plywood square on top of the padding and fabric square. Press one side of the board down, sandwiching the padding between the fabric and the wood. Fold the edge of the fabric over the board. Starting in the center and working out, staple the fabric to the board, leaving 2 inches unstapled on each side of the corners. Repeat the above step on the opposite and then the two remaining sides of the board. After stapling all four sides, staple fabric on the right side of each corner to the corner's point.

Finish Corners

Fold the fabric on the left side of each corner in, pulling the point of the fabric toward the center of the board while folding the edge of the fabric over the board (similar to a hospital corner used in making a bed). Staple the completed corner, ensuring that the staples are close together. Repeat the folding and stapling process at each corner. Cover the remaining 24 squares, remembering to mark the top of each square on the back.

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