How to Make a Sleek Upholstered Headboard

You can get the look for less than $85.

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This easy DIY headboard project can be the perfect finishing touch for your bedroom. The soft edges add comfort, making it the ideal headboard style if you like to sit up or read in bed. And the best part? You can make it in an afternoon.

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What You Need:

  • 1/2-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • 2-inch foam to size
  • Fabric of choice to size
  • Batting to size
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • French cleat

Step 1: Cut Foam

To determine the size of your headboard, add 10 inches to the width of your mattress and at least 24 inches to the height of the bed. Cut 1/2-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and 2-inch foam to size, and attach the foam to the MDF with spray adhesive. 

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Step 2: Staple Batting and Fabric

Lay batting on the floor and place the headboard, foam down, on top; trim batting so a few inches will wrap to the back of the headboard. Begin wrapping and stapling the batting, starting at the center of one side and pulling it taut on the other side. Continue stapling in the same manner. Cut notches at each corner to remove excess bulk, and wrap batting around the corners neatly like a present. Repeat the process with your selected fabric (see photo above). Secure the headboard to the wall with a French cleat.

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