DIY Headboard

The Hubby and I are getting ready to purchase a new king size bed. Soooo excited! With a new bed soon entering our home, I have been brainstorming how to make our room more beautiful, while still maintaining a masculine feel. I have decided to keep everything else in the bedroom minimal and have a large standout headboard to make the bed the centerpiece of the room, which is good since nothing else will fit in there anyways.


  • Plywood
  • Foam
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun


You can find plywood at any home improvement store. Take your measurements before you go and then ask them to cut the piece to the right size for you. The next step is to attach your foam. You can use any size foam depending on how cushy you want the headboard to be. Either use a staple gun to attach or use spray adhesive if your foam is a little thicker. Next, lay the batting on top and secure to the back with a staple gun. Do the same thing with your fabric and then secure the entire headboard to the wall.

Notes: For more information on DIY headboards check out Budget Wise Home. She has tons of great ideas and tips on helping you decorate your home on a budget.

There are tons of other great headboard ideas out there. Get creative, do some research and find which one works for you. You can use anything from picture frames, old doors and windows or even curtains on a real window to give the allusion of headboard.

I stumbled upon another project on Design Sponge that is a little more involved than the simple DIY one I posted above, but is totally awesome. Check it out!


  • Wood for your headboard (I had mine cut by a local craftsman (download the template HERE) but depending on the shape you want, you can either buy a pre-cut piece of plywood at Home Depot in a rectangle, or trace a pattern and cut it with a jigsaw to fit your desired shape)
  • Foam (I used foam that was 2 inches thick)
  • Batting (standard quilting batting is great)
  • Fabric
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Flush Mount for attaching the headboard to the wall
  • Spray Adhesive


  1. Place your piece of foam on the floor and lay your headboard over top of it. Trace the outline of the headboard with a marker and then cut to size with a utility knife or electric knife if you have one- they work really nicely for foam.
  2. Repeat this step with your batting, cutting 4-5 inches wider than the headboard wood, all around (you’ll be pulling this over the wood and stapling it so you need a little extra to make it stretch)
  3. Repeat this step with your fabric, cutting 4-5 inches wider than your headboard wood, all around (you’ll be pulling this over the wood and and batting so you’ll need a little extra to make it stretch)
  4. Spray the foam with spray adhesive and attach it to the front of your headboard. Note: spray adhesive is pretty toxic so you’ll want to wear a mask and open your windows while you spray. Spray in short spurts and let your room fully air out before proceeding.
  5. Lay your batting on top of the foam once it’s dried and flip the headboard over so the batting is on the floor, followed by a layer of foam and then your wood facing up.
  6. With your staple gun, staple the batting securely to the wood, pulling the batting taught so it’s not loose.
  7. Once your batting is secure, lay your fabric over top (be sure to iron your fabric first!), centering it if need be (I used plastic clamps to hold it in place while I stapled). Flip the headboard over so the fabric is on the floor and then staple gun the fabric into place, pulling taught so you get a nice wrinkle-free finish.
  8. Once your fabric is attached, you can cut any excess from the back (this project leaves the headboard unfinished on the back so you can attach it to the wall) to neaten up the edges.
  9. There are a number of ways to attach your headboard to the wall or bed, but I prefer using flush mounts (just ask for them at your local hardware store) to hang the headboard from your wall. They’re easily screwed into the back of the headboard and wall so you simply slide the headboard into the mounts of the wall and voila! Your headboard is attached- make sure you ask for mounts that can hold the weight of your headboard. Most flush mounts will hold at least 75 pounds- just be sure to ask.
  10. If you’d prefer to stand your headboard on the ground and use the weight of your bed to hold it in place, I’d advise making a solid headboard, rather than one with legs like I made above- that gives your bed more to push against. I’d still advise screwing it into the wall or the base of your bed frame for safety- you don’t want that falling down on you.
  11. Once your headboard is safely secured you’re all set!

Notes: Check out Design Sponge for more info and a detailed video on how to do this project. I am a total visual learner, so I found it very helpful.


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