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Tufted Headboard





The Supplies

For a Queen sized headboard:

  • Approximately 2 yards of fabric
  • Approximately 2 yards of batting
  • 1/2 inch plywood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
  • 2 inch foam
  • Upholstery Thread
  • Upholstery Needle
  • Button Kit and Buttons
  • Decorator needles {ideally at least 3 inches long}
  • Piping cord
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun and 1/2″ Staples
  • Tape measure
  • Drill

The Instructions

Take Measurements : Measure the width of your bed frame. The headboard should be about 1″ or 2″ larger in width than your mattress we went with 61″ for the Queen. As for the height, it’s really a thing of preference, but keep the mounting height in mind.

Put It All Together:

  1. Lay your 2in. foam over the board… While it’s not absolutely necessary, we used a spray adhesive to attach the foam securely to the board
  2. Once the foam is secured to the board we attached the batting (purchased from Fabricville). Simply cover the whole area with your batting, and use a staple gun to attach it securely
  3. Before adding the fabric to the headboard, we made sure to iron it out. Have pieces cut to size
  4. Sew the piping to frame the top and side
  5. Next, sew the panels to the piping
  6. Lay fabric on the floor wrong side facing up. Place plywood, batting side down, on top of fabric. Wrap fabric around to the back of the headboard, pull tightly and start stapling, working from the middle of each side outward. Trim any excess with scissors
  7. Use the button covering kit to cover your buttons
  8. TUFTING 101:
    Double thread your upholstery needle with upholstery thread and poke through one of your pre-drilled holes from the back to the front. Don’t pull all the way through! Make sure to leave some thread hanging out of the back. Slide the button onto the thread and poke the needle back through the same hole. Push the button on the front of your headboard into the foam. Continue along and tuft each of your holes, smoothing the fabric as you go. Finish using an upholstery knot: