How to Upholster a Headboard
Bold fabric really woke up this behind-the-times headboard! In this preppy-chic bedroom, it’s barely recognizable. The blue-and-white print on the rehabbed headboard pairs well with a solid navy coverlet. Yellow-bordered shams and a striped orange pillow add pop. Butter-hued walls are energetic without being overpowering, so the cushy star can really shine.
NOTE: Materials are specified for a queen-size headboard. Adjust measurements as needed. Headboard fabric used here: Annie Selke Links in indigo, $50 per yard, joann.com
- staple gun
- medium-grit sandpaper
- extra-loft quilt batting, queen-size package
- 2.5 yards muslin
- 2.5 yards upholstery fabric
Using a handsaw, cut off the top of both posts. Lightly sand the raw wood with sandpaper so the fabric doesn’t snag on any rough patches.
Lay the batting on the floor. Place the headboard on top and trace around it, excluding the legs. Cut the headboard shape out of the batting.
Lay a new piece of the batting on the floor. Set the headboard-shaped batting on top, then the headboard over it, smooth side down. Cut the batting 6 inches larger than the headboard.
Pull the batting taut over the headboard and staple it (do the top, then the bottom, then the sides). Cut a few slits in the batting so it can more easily be pulled around the curves.
Lay the muslin on the floor. Set the headboard on top, batting side down. Cut the muslin 6 inches larger than the headboard. Pull and staple the muslin following the directions in step 4.
Lay the fabric on the floor, pattern side down. Set the headboard on top, muslin side down. Cut the fabric 6 inches larger than the headboard. Pull and staple the fabric following the directions in step 4.