DIY Upholstered Headboard

Hello from the LPD headquarters…. aka my bed, with lots of coffee and donuts and laptops. This week we’re sharing a DIY that we absolutely love! I’ve always wanted a cushioned headboard– those cold, metal style of bed frames are not for me. And as much as I was pining for the fancy, tufted ones I’d seen online, the $600+  pricetag wasn’t exactly in my college budget. So we turned to Pinterest, set up shop in Madison’s backyard, and got to DIY work. This is an easy + cheap project that makes a HUGE difference in a bedroom! Picking your own pattern and color really makes the room feel personal.

  • plywood in desired size
  • quilt batting
  • eggcrate mattress pad
  •  enough fabric to cover the board and then wrap around about 3-5 inches (just to be safe) onto the back for all sides. The bolder the fabric, the better!
  • staple gun
  • circle saw if a rounded headboard is desired

We knew we wanted the headboard to have a rounded top.  Madison is much more confident with the saw than I am, and in a few minutes she had two perfectly rounded corners for the top of the board.

See the Christmas tree base  in the lower left corner of the picture? We used it to trace a rounded edge so they’d both be symmetrical. Don’t judge us! We’re mighty resourceful.

The mattress pad is the first layer of padding. I bought a twin sized mattress pad and it was plenty! However, if you wanted to fold it over for twice the squishiness, a bigger pad might be better. We made sure to pull the pad nice and tight, then stapled about every few inches.

The batting went over the mattress pad– it just makes it extra plushy. Then throw your fabric over and staple away! Make sure the pattern is on straight; there’s nothing more annoying than your horizontal lines are slowly rising to the right!

I love love LOVE the way this project came out! So dang easy, took about an hour tops. I love the way it looks behind my bed, and I think it adds something very bold to the room.  And it’s sooo comfy– no resting your head against a cold metal rail. One of the best parts is that when I get tired of that pattern and want to try something new, I can just throw a new fabric over the old one and add a few staples!