Making a Headboard

There are many people who make their own fabric headboards with the help of online tutorials and I felt as if I needed to join the club.  I really wanted to have a deep tufted linen headboard for myself, but, considering this is my first try,  I decided to go easy. I am currently redoing my 16 year-old boy’s room and I thought a nailhead trim headboard might be a good addition in his room.

I read a good tutorial here and skipped some of the process and ingredients to stay easy and cheap. So let’s start! I bought a 4 by 8  11/32 inch  thick pine wood board for the body and 2 of 2 * 2* 8 strips to make some depth without having to use expensive foam. I cut them to the sizes that I want at the store, (I believe any hardware store can do this for you), so all I needed to do was play around with my new toys.

My boy’s room is not very big and he also needs a desk and a drawer in his room, so a full size bed looked like the best option. I made this headboard before the new mattress was delivered, so I read the dimensions from the furniture website and had an employee at Lowe’s cut the pinewood board 1 inch wider each side ( so, 2 inches in total and the final width is 54 inch (52 inch which is the original width of the mattress plus 2 inch) and 40 inch high. I was not sure if this is the height that I wanted, but I could adjust it using the wood strips that I bought together. So here are the steps and pictures for you.



Cut the 2 by 2 wood strips to the length that  you want.

This is the pine plywood board that I used for this project.








Place them to the edges of the board. It makes good depth without the use of expensive foams.



A close look.



It will look like this in the end.



You can cut the wood strips in the bottom to adjust the height of the headboard.





Heavy Duty Foam Slab – 1” X 24” X 90”

Soft N Crafty Poly-fil Extra-Loft Batting- Queen Size 90″x108″



Cut the extra foam using a bread knife. If you have a fancy tool for this job, feel free to use it.






First of all, glue a foam (1 inch thick in my case) using a spray fabric glue. The foam has to be slightly smaller than your board for your nailhead jobs. You can skip the fabric glue, if the foam is not that thick. You will secure them using a staple gun anyway.



The foam that I used. Soft N Crafty Poly-fil Extra-Loft Batting- Queen Size 90″x108″



Place the wood headbooard on the floor and spray glue the green foam to the headboard and then place the folded white batting above the green foam.



At this point, you may need help lifting. You need to flip over this fabric covered headboard to staple. Or you can put your fabric and batting on the floor in order and put the board above them to skip this step. But I wanted to see the finished look before I staple them, so I chose the first option.



For the corners, I tried to fold the upper fabric down first and side fabric to the inside for a clean side look. I like it.



Make sure you are pulling out the fabric tightly before you staple it for a seamless look.



We are almost there.




It looked great even before the nailheads. The color of the wall is dark navy, (it seems black  because I took this photo at night), and gold rich velvet fabric was a good match.

Now time to play with nailheads. It is not a hard task, but you may find difficulty setting them up in a straight line. The job is very tedious. I bought 6 packs of these nailheads from Hobby Lobby.


Decorative tacks, a needle nose plier and a rubber mallet.



These three are needed for your nailhead jobs.



Mark the spots where you want your nailheads to be placed. My nailheads were 1 1/2 inch apart from the edges.

Using a rubber mallet and a needle nose pliers, hammer them down.


Hard to have a straight line and the job is time consuming, but you will figure out the easier and faster way soon.



I wasted more than a box of these tacks, so make sure you buy a box or two more just in case.



As you can see, the nailheads on the left are uneven, but, this imperfection gave it a charm I liked. My boy approved, and everybody was happy in the end.



This is the part that I took off from the backside of the countertop. I reused it for the next job.



I attached the metal frame to the base wood strips of the headboard using the part that I took off from the countertop project. You can notice that I stained the strips using the Minwax dark walnut finish that I used for other furniture.




The total cost of the project is $154.55 or less.


Plywood    $18.97

Wood strips  $2.56 (for two)

Rubber mallet  $4.97

Wood screw (2″)  $4.97

Fabric  $16.00

Fabric glue  $7.50 (using a 50% off coupon)

Staple gun & staples  $24.60

Foam  $39.99

Batting  $22.99

Tacks  $ 12.00 (don’t remember the exact price)

If you already own some tools and have discount coupons, you can save more. I saved some bucks for the foam and batting using a discount code online, but I don’t remember how much I saved for them, so I just wrote down the regular prices. Normally you can buy the foam at half price using a coupon.

So, what do you think?  I think  $150 headboard looks great in my son’s room. I’ll reveal the completed look of the room soon.





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