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!


You are always Welcome at My House!

Stay informed of new inspirations, projects & exciting news.

Click below and subscribe to House on the Way…


Linking to:

The CSI Project, DIY Contest

Pin and Share...
Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on TumblrEmail this to someone
The following two tabs change content below.
Hello! Blogging about home decor & design is my passion. I'm working to create a house that is on its way to a beautiful home and I'm excited to share my journey.

Latest posts by Leslie (see all)


  1. Nice shape and you did a beautiful job by adding the additional buttons. It’s really sweet.

  2. karen noe says:

    This is awesome! I look forward to each and every one of your blogs!

  3. Ok, I know this post is about the headboard, but I am in LOVE with your Love wall decor! Great idea and I really like the starburst mirror making the O!

  4. Great job adapting the headboard to your changing needs! It looks great. I do love a fabric headboard – they add softness, color, and even patterns to a space that might otherwise be bland.

  5. creativehomeexpressions says:

    You did a great job on this headboard, Leslie! And you can’t beat the price!

  6. The headboard looks GREAT! Great DIY :)

  7. so pretty! i love the “LOVE” above the bed and all the ruffles! gorgeous!

  8. Great job, it looks beautiful! (Loving the use of the sunburst mirror on the wall., too.)

  9. That is beautiful!

  10. 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!!!

  11. That looks beautiful!! I’m in love with the ruffle comforter too! Thanks for linking up at The Little Giggler!

  12. This is the coolest bed! I like everything about it. I especially love the “LOVE” sign with the starburst mirror. Your daughter is a lucky girl.


  13. 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

  14. You did such a beautiful job and the price is unreal. I also love the ruffled comforter. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  15. What a transformation! I did a picket fence headboard one time and this is really classy! I love what you did on the wall too with the mirror and letters!

  16. Mickie Stewart says:

    Leslie, love the headboard. You did a beautiful job on it. You have always been so artistic. Mickie Stewart

  17. 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!
    Trine H recently posted…DIY Simple Dog Crate Cover & Toy BucketMy Profile

  18. 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!
    jocieopc recently posted…Beware of Using R-Values Alone to Compare InsulationMy Profile


  1. [...] separate note…I want to give a big shout out to Amanda at The Little Giggler for featuring my Headboard Makeover. I am honored and so excited to be featured! Stop by and visit Amanda’s blog and visit her [...]

  2. [...] I actually haven’t shared that particular headboard with you yet, but you can check out this tufted fabric covered headboard that I did for my daughter’s [...]

  3. [...] napkins are made from some fabric scraps left over from a project in my daughter’s bedroom. The color is a perfect [...]

  4. [...] I’ll try to explain the “how-to” as much as possible. You can also check out the fabric covered tufted headboard that I made for my daughter’s [...]

  5. […] had some fabric left over and I knew it would go perfect with my daughter’s bedding at our beach house. She has a desk and wicker chair from IKEA and that wicker chair needs a cushion. I grabbed this […]

  6. […] can also check out the Tufted Headboard I made for my daughter and another Fabric Covered Headboard I made last […]

  7. […] check out my other two headboard projects, if you’d like more ideas…my daughter’s full headboard and my king headboard at my beach […]

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge