DIY Striped Upholstered Headboard

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Yay! I’m excited to be typing out this post today. I have been thinking about and dreaming about making this headboard for months, but it kept getting put on the backburner until finally we made it happen last week!

Check out the before…

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And after!

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The fresh gray stripes make the bed look more sophisticated and elegant but still fun (which is very important). I had to take off the floral print pillow shams though, as they were competing a little too much visually with the stripes. It was just a little too much to take in! So I’m planning to switch out the bedding for neutral colored bedding, but maybe with a little more texture to contrast with the stripes.

And the headboard was actually pretty easy to do. I love that this really trendy look is so easy to DIY, making it approachable for most of us.

First you cut a sheet of plywood the size of your headboard. We wanted a thicker, more substantial headboard, so we framed the back of the plywood out with 2×3’s.

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Then we cut out our foam to fit (not pictured) and secured it with hot glue. We actually cannibalized an old foam mattress for our foam. However, because the foam was thicker (about 1.75″), it was quite heavy and didn’t stick to the plywood that well. We didn’t want to use spray adhesive because it is quite high in VOCs, and we didn’t want to be breathing it in. We later solved the problem of the slightly loose foam by doing some simple button tufting.

After sticking the foam on, we wrapped the whole thing with polyester batting and then the fabric.

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I used 3 yards of Premier Prints Canopy Stripe Twill Storm. I wanted a vertical stripe though, instead of horizontal, so I cut the fabric in half and sewed it together right in the middle with a seam along one of the stripes. You can’t even tell it’s there =).

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We used a staple gun (and when our staple gun gave out, a hammer stapler), and tapped in any loose staples with a hammer.

This is how I folded the corners:

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I wrapped the extra folded fabric on the inside first and stapled that down…

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Then I folded the fabric right along the corner for a nice square corner.

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At this point we added some simple button tufting using a button kit from Joanns, an upholstery needle, and waxed button thread (or upholstery thread). I didn’t take pictures of this step but here’s a great tutorial. We put in just 10 buttons, and they worked great for keeping the foam tight and secure. The extra tightness also helped smooth out some of the wrinkles that I couldn’t iron out.

I’m really happy with the finished product! It makes me feel like I’m waking up in a hotel every day.

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I also feel like it is true to my personal style, which also makes me happy. It’s fresh, contemporary, and unfussy, but still elegant… Or at least I like to think so, ha!

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As for how it’s attached, it is hung on the wall with brackets but is also sitting on the bed frame behind the mattress.

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For some reason, the stripes remind me of Montreal. Kind of French-Canadian chic…=)!

Now for the bedding… I’m thinking of just going with a neutral taupe. I realize I love color way too much…and it’s best for me to add it in small doses with accessories rather than the big pieces. I think a taupe duvet cover will be a nice canvas for printed pillows, throws, etc… What do you think?

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5 Comments on DIY Striped Upholstered Headboard

  1. Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage
    March 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Camilla. I found your blog at Savvy Southern Style and am now following you via Bloglovin’. Your DIY headboard is great. I love it! I’d love to see you share it at my monthly blog party Every Room In The House. This month we’re partying in The Master Bedroom. I’m sure your headboard will be an inspiration to all who see it. Here’s the link:http://www.ajoyfulcottage.com/2014/03/every-room-in-house-party-3.html
    I hope you’ll join us. ~ Nancy

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  2. Kathy
    April 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Camilla,

    You did an amazing job on building and upholstering your new headboard. I’ve seen a number of DIY headboards, but they didn’t turn out as nice. I like that you added buttons to give it a little flair. Most DIY headboard projects would not have included that kind of detail. It really changed the look of your room!

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    • Camilla
      April 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Kathy!

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  3. Kerry
    April 14, 2014 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

    Love your tutorial! Just wondering how you attached your headboard to the rest of the bed?

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    • Camilla
      April 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm (4 years ago)

      We didn’t! We just hung it on the wall (after finding studs) using metal brackets. It was easier than putting feet on the headboard and attaching it to the bed.

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