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King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

February 2, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Create a luxurious headboard for your bed with these simple plans. Special thanks to Amy for sharing her photo. Amy also built the bed (it's a queen size) from her own plan.

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

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Author Notes: 

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard
Dimensions: 
Overall dimensions are shown for a king size, shown above. Please note that the actual width will be 78″ and not 84″, as shown above (to fit a standard king, 78″ wide). The cut list will reflect this change. To make a queen sized, simply subtract 18″ from all horizontal cuts, leaving all vertical cuts the same. (queen sized mattress measures 60″ x 80″)

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 3/4 MDF or plywood (can be low grade, but make sure the plywood is straight and not damaged) 

1 – 1/2 Plywood (can be low grade, but make sure the plywood is straight and not damaged) 
6 – 1×3 boards 
2 – 10′ sticks of 2 1/2″ unfinished moulding 
2″ nails 
1 1/4″ nails 
Glue 
Wood Filler
Sand Paper 
Paint, stain or varnish 
Fabric (approximately 2 1/2 yards, at least 45″ width) 
Foam Padding 
Staples 
1″ screws to screw panel to back 
2″ screws to fasten headboard to the bed or to the wall
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

A) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 76 1/2″ x 40” (Back, you can use builder’s grade plywood) 

B) 2 – 1×3 @ 76 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Trims, Bottom Layer) 
C) 2 – 1×3 @ 35″ (Side Trim, Bottom Layer) 
D) 1 – 1×3 @ 76 1/2″ (Bottom) 
E) 2 – 1×3 @ 55 1/4″ (Legs) 
F) 1 – 1×3 @ 78″ (Top) 
G) 2 – 1×3 @ 14 1/2″ (Fronts of Legs)
Store bought moulding, cut to fit the opening, covering the 1×3 bottom layer trim.
1/2″ plywood, cut to fit the opening (approximately 35″ x 71 1/2″)
Cutting Instructions: 
Please note that the actual width will be 78″ and not 84″, as shown in dimension diagram(to fit a standard king, 78″ wide). The cut list will reflect this change. To make a queen sized, simply subtract 18″ from all horizontal cuts, leaving all vertical cuts the same. (queen sized mattress measures 60″ x 80″)

Step 1

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Please note that the above piece should be cut at 76 1/2″ x 40″
1. Back. Cut or have cut the back of the headboard. Overall dimensions are 76 1/2″ x 40″

Step 2

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Please note that the top and bottom trim, boards B, will be 1×3 cut at 76 1/2″ overall length.
2. Top and Bottom Trim, Bottom Layer. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten the trim pieces to the back, as shown above.

Step 3

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

3. Side Trim, Bottom Layer. Fasten the side trim to the back, as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 4

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Please note that the bottom piece will be 76 1/2″, and not 82 1/2″ as shown above.
4. Bottom. Fasten the bottom in place, using 2″ nails and glue. Be certain to fasten to both the back and the bottom layers of trim. Keep back and sides flush. The front will overhang 1″.

Step 5

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

5. Legs. Using the 2″ nails and glue, fasten the legs to the sides of the headboard, keeping top and back edges flush. You will also want to fasten the legs to the bottom, as shown above.

Step 6

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Please note that the top will be 78″ long and not 84″ as shown above.
6. Top. Fasten the top in place, as shown above. The top will be a 1×3 cut at 78″, not 84″ as shown above. You will need to fasten with the 2″ nails and glue, fastening to the legs, top trim and back.

Step 7

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

7. Front Legs. Fasten with 2″ nails through thes sides of the legs into the side edge of the fronts of the legs. Also fasten the top of the leg fronts to the headboard as shown above.

Step 8

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Frame. Measure and cut your frame from the store bought moulding. Miter the corners at 45 degrees. Uses 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 9

King Size Framed Upholstered Headboard

Fabric Insert. Measure and cut the panel insert, shown in green above. Your panel should measure approximately 35″ high x 71 1/2″ long. This is correct, and the dimensions given above for the length are 6″ too long.
Dry fit your panel. You may wish to leave some room around the panel to give allowance for foam backing and fabric. When you are satisfied with the fit of the panel, cover with foam, batting and fabric, stapling on the back. Using the 1″ screws, screw from the back of the headboard into the center panel, holding the panel in place. You will want screws in each of the corners, and in the center.

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LOVE this! I am a new

LOVE this! I am a new follower....came by way of Shanty2Chic! Love your blog....thank you for the "secrets"!

posted by Tiffany (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-02 04:37

yay! i may have to try

yay! i may have to try this...sounds like it'd be perfect for my room!

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posted by Gen (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-02 11:12

wE MISSED YOU!!!

wE MISSED YOU!!!

posted by Denise (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-02 11:26

AH I LOVE this! do you have

AH I LOVE this! do you have this in a queen? thank you for all your plans, you are awesome! i have lots on my to-do list! Let's just hope I am half as good as you!

posted by Jamielyn (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-02-03 00:20

Can you tell me where I can

Can you tell me where I can find the quilt off of this bed?

posted by The Owens Family (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-02-07 17:17

quilt is pottery barn

quilt is pottery barn

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-09 10:54

is it possible to build this

is it possible to build this with the plywood cut smaller to fit in a car?

posted by Christine (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-02-20 14:08

Ana - you amaze me!!! My

Ana - you amaze me!!! My hubby and I just made our own built ins around our fireplace and I was thinking of what I should do next when I came across your site. I cannot wait to have these painted so I can do the headboard for our bed. Thank you so much for your plans and website!! One question... what's the best way to print plans?
Thanks!
Lindsay

posted by Pinz (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-02-21 16:43

This is incredible! I am so

This is incredible! I am so glad my friend Barb at Dogmom Diva sent me over! You are awesome!

posted by Annesphamily (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-02-23 20:33

I love the headboard looks

I love the headboard looks easy to make too. Do you have the plans for the base as well. Together they look amazing.

posted by loni (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-06 13:56

Ana, you forgot one very

Ana,
you forgot one very important step with this headboard plan.

12. To complete, place one dog onto bed.

I know our (not home made yet) bed isn't complete without a dog or two on it!

posted by Ren H. (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-29 13:26
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Ren H. You are soooo right!


Ren H. You are soooo right! I'm looking for ways to make our bed big and comfy enough for myself, hubby (we're both overweight) our boy Yorkie and our deaf Great Dane girl and that's how I found this brilliant site. Can't wait for hubby to wake him up and show him

posted by CelesteC | on Thu, 2011-04-14 16:12

Ana, you are my hero! Alaska

Ana, you are my hero! Alaska and Hawaii have something in common----furniture and shipping is so expensive! When I found your website I became so excited! I haven't had a headboard for 17 years and I am going to build this one as my first ana-white.com project! Thank you!

posted by Teri (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-22 18:45

Ana, I made this last week. I

Ana, I made this last week. I think it looks really good. I bought prepainted moulding (espresso color) to make the fabric, then painted the outside legs and wood a complimentary off white. I think it works with the room. The nightstands are cedar and also your pattern.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6t3DH00JAm4/TUgYqBdID6I/AAAAAAAABO8/boFSgzlilQY/s800/headboard.jpg

posted by Jaime Perreca (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-02 14:52

Upholstered Headboard

Trying to figure out the cut down to make a twin headboard. Does anyone have those dimensions?  Any suggestions on how tall I should make it so it isn't mis-proportioned? Thanks.

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