Make an wood framed upholstered headboard! Free step by step tutorial!
1 sheet 1/2” plywood or MDF
1 – 1x4 @ 12 feet long
2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 6 feet long
1” thick foam for center panel
Batting to cover foam
1 yard 54” wide decorator fabric
1 – stick moulding
1 ¼” and 2 ½” finish nails
2 heavy duty metal shelf brackets for attaching headboard to bed
1 – 1/2” plywood, particle board or MDF @ 40” x 58
2 – 1x4 @ 40”
1 – 1x3 @ 51 ½”
1 – 1x6 @ 51 ½”
2 – 1x3 @ 40”
1 – 1x4 @ 62 ¼” (header)
Moulding cut to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Glue the foam to the plywood carefully, positioned as shown in the diagram. This is very important to get just right.
Cover with batting and fabric, stapled right to the plywood. This area is to be covered by wood frame boards. Make sure all staples are pounded into the plywood.
Now you can either use the Kreg Jig to build the wood frame first, and then nail to your plywood or nail each board individually to the plywood, framing the foam piece in center.
NOTE: I did change the center plywood to 1/2" thick to weigh less and be less expensive to build, so change nail lengths to fit your plywood. You may wish to use screws so the center panel is removeable for changing up the fabric.
Now add the side trim.
Followed by top trim.
To attach headboard to bed, use the shelf support brackets as shown above. You may also need to attach to wall.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.