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Learn How To Upholster A Headboard

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08.15.12

Once again, you’ve picked a winner!

Yesterday, BrightNest Facebook users voted on which DIY project they’d like to see today on the blog. The race was neck and neck until the final moments, but this colorful upholstered headboard pulled ahead! Thanks for voting, and enjoy your headboards!

This guide by Design Sponge is easy to follow and comprehensive! Grace from Design Sponge opted for a bright, South American print, but the fabric choice is up to you! Revamp your bed with bold patterns or keep it simple with a solid color.

For this project you’ll need: A wooden headboard, foam, standard quilting batting, fabric, scissors, a utility knife, a staple gun and spray adhesive. For the headboard, Grace had a local craftsman use this template to cut her wooden piece. You can follow her lead and have a custom template made for you, but you can also use a simple rectangular piece of wood or repurpose an old wooden headboard.

1. Spread your foam out on the ground and then lay your wooden headboard over it. Trace the outline of the headboard with a marker onto the foam, and then cut it to size with a utility knife.

2. Repeat the first step with your batting, but this time cut it 4-5 inches wider than the headboard. This is necessary because you’re going to be pulling it around the edges of the headboard and stapling it to the back.

3. Do it again! Cut a headboard outline from your fabric, but again, cut 4-5 inches beyond your headboard. This will allow room for adjustments.

4. Next, spray the foam with your adhesive and attach it directly onto the front of the wooden headboard. Note: Spray adhesive can be dangerous if inhaled, so make sure your home is well ventilated. Open your windows, turn on your fans, and keep children and pets out of the room.

5. Once your foam is dry, lay your batting on top of the foam and flip the headboard over so the batting is on the floor, and the back of your headboard is facing up.

6. With your staple gun, staple the batting to the wood. Make sure it’s pulled tight and taut!

7. Once the batting is secure, it’s time to attach your fabric! Repeat steps 5-6 with your fabric – there’s no need to spray adhesive on the batting for this step. Note: Make sure your fabric is ironed first!

8. If you’d like, you can cut any excess fabric from the back of the headboard, but this isn’t required. If you do this, make sure you don’t remove the fabric that’s stapled to the headboard.

Now it’s time to enjoy your headboard! You can either attach it to the wall with flush mounts (which you will find at your local hardware store) or stand it on the ground and use the weight of your bed to keep it in place. If you choose the latter option, you should opt for a headboard without legs for extra stability.

For a video guide to this project, visit: Design Sponge.

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