I love those upholstered headboards you can buy at places like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. My Mom, Dad and I decided to make one for my bed. Here is the process and instructions on how I made mine. It is very simple and makes a big impact in a bedroom!It is also a less expensive option that looks just as nice as the store bought headboards.
We measured the height and width of the bed and took a trip to Home Depot (Notice my strong helper... a.k.a Dad)
Then we got it cut down to size. I have a Queen size bed and we cut the width down to 64"
Then we picked a foam that was about 2" thick (this label says 3" thick... but it really depends on what you prefer for your headboard)
I picked a white denim fabric. It is sturdy and also has some texture.
Then we got batting cut to go over the foam
My Dad cut down two pieces of lumber. One is about half the size of the other. Then he screwed those pieces together to make the legs for the headboard.
Then we got a serrated knife and cut down the foam to fit the size of the plywood
Then we got a hot glue gun and glued down the corners of the foam to keep it in place.
Lay the fabric face down on the floor, then place the batting on top of the fabric then put the plywood and foam on top of that. Then start at the top of the board and pull the fabric firmly to the opposite side and staple the fabric and batting down.
Staple 2-3 times at the top and then move down and do the same to the bottom and then on the left side and right side. Make sure to keep changing sides every couple of staples. You do not want the fabric to pull in one direction
then when you get to the corners, fold the side fabric in and staple it down
Then fold the top fabric of the headboard neatly to create a crisp corner
Since the mattress and box springs will cover the bottom of the headboard you can just cut and fold the fabric over and staple it down
Lift it up and make sure there are no wrinkles or pulls in the fabric
I love the finished project!