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Upholstered Headboard With Nail Head Trim

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

Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
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.

Measure the Fabric

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.

Align and Sew the Fabrics

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.

Prepare the 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.

Build the Headboard Frame

Line Frame With Foam

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

Place Foam Over the Frame

Cover Foam With Batting

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

Spread 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.

Spread the Fabric Over the Batting

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.

Tuck and Apply Nail Head Trim

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.

Glue Fabric Onto the 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.

Make the Cornered Edges

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 on the Fabric

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.

Staple Fabric to the Back of 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.

Attach Headboard to the Wall
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