Upholstering a King Sized Headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

Upholstering a simple rectangle piece of plywood is a simple and cheap way to update a bed.

I hadn’t done much to my guest room upstairs with our old king-sized bed, but I wanted to give it a face-lift in time for company.  I found this fabric at JoAnn’s and was in love.  They were having a 60% off sale, and I thought it naturally worked as a headboard since it looked like it was already tufted.


Detail of fabric

Detail of the fabric

I liked the colors and picked up a couple of coordinating fabrics to make some pillows for the bed too.

But here are the simple steps for upholstering your own headboard.


-1 piece of plywood cut to size – for a king sized headboard, I used a piece 74″ long by 40″ high.  Home Depot cut it to size for me.

-Foam – I like the feeling and depth of 2″ foam.

-Spray Adhesive – to attach the foam to the plywood.

-Batting – for this project, I bought a piece of batting meant for quilts, queen sized.

-Fabric – Apx. 2 1/4- 2 1/2 yards.

-Staples and Staple gun.

-Hanging Hardware.

I started by marking lines on my headboard, so that I could help keep my fabric exactly where I wanted it to be.  With a pattern, I wanted to make sure it was even all the way around, and was centered on the plywood so that it would look good.

I then cut the pieces of foam to fit the plywood, and attached them with spray adhesive.  I let it set up for at least an hour.  Like this:

Foam secured to plywood

Foam attached with glue to plywood.

I did try to make sure that all the edges were fairly even, and level with each other.

I laid out the foam batting and doubled it.  I placed the plywood foam side down onto the batting and then gently pulled and stapled around the back.  For the fabric, I placed it face down and figured out where I wanted the pattern to sit in relation to the piece.  I marked the halfway point to match up with the line I already drew on the plywood.  Putting the plywood down on the fabric, I gently pulled it evenly all the way around.  I did not try to pull it taught.  Starting in the middle, I stapled a little way in each direction first on one side, then on the opposite side, and then moving to another end and repeating the pattern.  You want to gradually work your way out to the corners so that you have a uniform look all the way around.  Then, to do the corners, play with the fabric, tucking the fabric under, to create a nice seam.  And staple like crazy.

Detail of the back corner stapled

Detail of a corner from the back.

This is what it looked like from the back, with the help of Peanut.  Look carefully and you can see the lines I made on the fabric.

Detail of the back of the headboard, stapled

Detail of the back, all stapled

I then flipped it up to make sure it looked OK.  Ooh lala!

Front view of the headboard

Front view of the headboard.


To hang this headboard, I used two french cleats, putting at least one screw in a stud, each.  I made sure they were level with each other, and on the wall.  I used my halfway mark on the back of the headboard to figure out where to put the cleats so that they would be level.  And then just hung it on the wall!  I’m very happy with how it turned out, and you can see a few pillows I made to compliment the headboard.

Upholstered King Headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

It really made the room look more finished and put together.  Here’s another look:

Finished heaboard for the king sized bed in guest room.

Guest Room in progress

Love it!



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