Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Upholstered Headboard

I've been working on the vignettes in the living room but they just aren't quite ready for posting yet! So until then, I decided to show the Ballard Design upholstered headboard that we wanted but couldn't afford so we had to do a DIY version!

It turned out just awesome and I am so happy with how it looks here in the room! I especially love the cost of $75 compared to $500! I did change the shape somewhat because our room is full of "curves".

You are also getting a sneak peek at the progress in the bedroom! I began the master bedroom remodel at the same time as our master bath because they are connected. I still have a few more things to do before I show more pictures. I definitely need to work on my pillows before the final "reveal"!

Let me give you the basic steps we went through to make this headboard.

Mr. Creative measured and cut the curve I was wanting from MDF. We have a queen size bed and he measured for the size based on where we wanted it.

I purchased the dense foam from Hancock Fabrics when they had it 40% off. Foam is so expensive. We had to cut pieces to fit at the arch top with the electric knife.

First layer is a canvas drop cloth that I purchased at Walmart. I believe it was the 6x9 size. I washed it with bleach and dried it. After having it folded for so long, I had to iron it and use a damp cloth to get the creases out which is the damp spots you see there!

Well, we got carried away and I didn't take pictures of every step! So I will walk through what we did up to this point. 

We laid quilt batting on top of the drop cloth, then the foam and last was the MDF. We began by pulling the fabric tight, stapling from one end to the other leaving space to finish the corners last. Mr. Creative had to do the corners because I just couldn't get them to look straight and neat.

I wanted nail head trim but the budget just didn't allow for it. I decided I would hot glue brown braided trim to the fabric instead. Measuring two inches from the edge, we drew a line so I knew where to glue the trim.

The trim went quickly because you can't waste any time when using a hot glue gun!

Mr. Creative made a French cleat to hang the headboard. Here is an example of a French cleat and a link to instructions to make one from wood.

Here she is hanging on the wall!!!

A close up showing the fabric and trim.

Another picture with the bed made up.

Here you can see a little more of the makeover in our master bedroom!

Another picture from the other direction. Lighting isn't real good with my camera.

At the foot of the bed is another project I just finished, too! Hopefully I can show more soon.

I have so many projects going on and it would help if I could just finish one room before jumping to the next project. Am I the only one that does this?

I'm linking up to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I've been working on!

Have a great week!



  1. Hi Bonnie! No, you're definitely not the only one who does that! Your bedroom is coming along so nicely, especially with your headboard. It looks fantastic! You and your husband make a good team. And I love that you came up with the idea for the braided trim. It's a great looking and cost-saving alternative. Now I can't wait to see the rest. Have a great week!


  2. You did a great job! I love your bedroom it looks so cozy.

  3. Eeeeeeeeekkk!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!! Bonnie, it is looking sooo gorgeous!! :-)

  4. Hi Bonnie! It has been way too long since I have visited. The headboard and colors are just gorgeous.

  5. Great job, Bonnie! You and your hubby did a great job on this headboard. It's amazing how creative we can get when we are on a budget. I wound up buying an upholstered headboard for our guest room from Walmart because I was loving the Ballard {and other expensive} ones.

  6. Your headboard looks so nice ... can't believe you did it for $75.00. This was a great DIY post and beautifully photographed...Thank You!

  7. Looking really good! Love the layers on the bed.

  8. Great job with the headboard!!! I love the bedding, especially the blanket at the end of the bed. And the vintage phone, classy!!!

    Your room is coming together nicely!! I'm happy for you!!


  9. Your room is role model for its tidiness and organization.
    Glass Doors


I know how busy you are and appreciate that you are taking the time to leave me a comment! God Bless! Bonnie


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