Diy · Home Decor

DIY- Upholstered Headboard

Hi there! Remember me? It sure has been a while! Sorry about that. I have been consumed with the summer ending and the new school year beginning. It has been a great month back to work. I am so fortunate in so many ways.


Anyway, if you are here with me, you are here to see how I made our upholstered headboard for a quarter of the price of what one would usually cost. I must say, it turned out better than I thought it would. This was one DIY that I was a little apprehensive about.


What You Need:
1. Several stretched canvas (measure the width of your bed, then decide on your sizes and quantity) *we have a queen and I bought this canvas set of five {here}
2. Roll of poly foam (be sure to buy a roll several inches longer and wider than the width and length of the headboard) *I bought this {here}
3. Fabric color & texture of your choice. I went over board and bought 5 yards. Um, 2 would have been fine! Oh well, now I can start another upholstery project!
4. Staple gun & staples

*Remember to use your Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Annes coupons or purchase your materials as they go on sale. The entire project cost me right around $40.00. This is literally 1/4 of how much my inspirstion headboard would have cost!
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Ok! Now this is pretty darn simple! I pretty much eyed my measurements, and hoped everything turned out alright.

First, lay your canvas on the foam and make sure the foam is about two inches larger than the canvas on all sides.
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Then, cut the foam so that you have one piece of foam for each of the canvas you are using for your headboard. Remember the foam needs to be approximately two inches larger around all sides.
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*you can see I wasn’t too careful with my cutting or my measuring. This DIY is so simple, there is room for error. My kind of DIY!

Now it is time to staple. You can use a spray adhesive to keep your canvas centered on your foam. Or, if you’re like me, you can just be careful not to let the canvas slide. Start on one side, pulling the foam over the edge, then staple that entire side down. Continue to staple the side OPPOSITE your first stapled side. Then finish the other two sides.
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You’ll want to cut any excess foam that may stop your canvas from hanging flat against the wall.
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Flip that baby over and it will look like this when it is all done.
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Time for the fabric! Lay your foamed canvas on the fabric. Just like the last step, make sure to leave a few inches of fabric larger than the foamed canvas.
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I just cut as I went, but you could totally measure and have the fabric pre-cut. I’m not organized like that.

Finally, staple that fabric down just like you stapled the foam. Be sure to pull the fabric tight as you go so that it is free of wrinkles.
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That’s it! Flip her over again and you have one panel for your headboard!
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Repeat the steps for the amount of canvas you need to cover and voila!


I foamed and covered all 5 of my canvas. I wasn’t too sure how I was going to use them. Originally, I thought I would use 4 of them vertically, but realized it measured too long for the width of our bed. So, I turned them horizontally and hung them just a bit higher than I had planned. Since you could see the wall a bit on the sides:
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I used the remaining two canvas to fill in the gaps from headboard to bed!
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My husband was pleasantly surprised with my project. He told me after I was done that he wasn’t too confident when I told him I was going to make our headboard. HA! He should have known better. Hehe!
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So, what do you think? It was a simple project and a pretty update to our master bedroom makeover! Let me know your thoughts, or if you have any questions leave them below. Have a happy day!
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