Heads(board) Above The Rest

Fabric Covered Headboard

Don’t you just love a fabric covered headboard? Of course, we all do! We just don’t like the price! Let me show you how I made this beautiful headboard for my daughter’s room at our vacation home, for about $40!

Tufted Headboard

I had thought that we were going to do a twin bed in this bedroom, so when I stumbled upon this at Restore one day for $10, my first thought was “yes!” (to the size and price, not the fabric!)

Twin headboard

It’s a beauty, isn’t it?!?!?! Yuck!…that’s layer #1….this is layer #2!


I’m not sure which is worst!!!

Then, we decided to do a full size bed. So I had to get a little creative…(sorry I don’t have pictures of the next steps.)

I did some measuring and realized that if I attached a 2×8 to each side of the existing headboard, it would be the perfect size for a full. So with some wood glue and staples, I did just that. Then I took a piece of plywood and attached it, with staples, to the entire frame. If you notice, there is a couple of scallops at the top of the twin headboard. I positioned the plywood so that it was just below the decorative trim at the top, that way I could keep that decorative edge.

Once the plywood was secured, I determined where I wanted to place my buttons to form the tufting. Once I had measured and marked where each button would go, I simply drilled holes in each spot.

I then took some 2″ foam and attached it to the plywood with spray adhesive. On top of the foam, I applied batting, pulling it over the edges of the plywood and the top decorative edge. I attached the batting with staples as well.

For the fabric, I found a curtain panel at Pier1 for $9.98. It was 54″ wide and 84″ long, which was perfect! Using a button covering kit from Hancock Fabrics, I made my buttons using leftovers from my fabric. Making the buttons using the kit is so easy! Pick one up today!

I positioned the fabric on the headboard and attached it at the top, bottom and sides, with one staple. I then attached the buttons. Using a long upholstery needle and strong thread, I entered each button-hole from the back of the headboard. This allowed me to see where I would need to place each button on the front. I then re-entered the button-hole from the front of the headboard. After putting the needle through and exiting the button-hole, I had to pull to create the tufting. I tied a knot and secured it to the back of the headboard with another staple. Once all of my buttons were on and secured, I then went back and secured the remainder of the fabric around the headboard. I made sure to pull the fabric taut to get a good snug, tight fit.

This is the result…

Amazing that it went from that ugly little twin headboard to this gorgeous full size! The tufting adds so much and is really not hard at all!

We hung it directly to the wall using flush mount brackets. You could also attach D ring hooks to the back of the headboard.
Full headboard
The end result is great and an awesome price!!
Full headboard


Full headboard

This high-end look is easy to achieve and well worth the time. It would be so easy to change the fabric as well. You could also do it with or without the tufting!

It’s a look that’s heads above the rest!

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  1. says

    That is totally cool! I am so impressed with your skills! my hubby won’t let me at his tools enough to find out if I could use them – he probably has a good reason for that!!!

  2. says

    Love the headboard. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  3. says

    Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project. Your headboard looks great. I am trying to figure out a way to create a headboard for my bed as well. I know it needs to be done soon!

  4. says

    Looks great Leslie! And I love the “love” with the starburst!!
    Thanks so much for linking up to support habitat. Good luck and hope to see you back next week!


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