Glam up Your Bedroom Upholstering a Headboard


Adding cute accents to your bedroom like an upholstered headboard is very important not only for creating a fabulous focal point with an elegant touch. You can also feel comfort and you totally relaxed in such an  atmosphere, and as a result it’s possible to fall asleep much faster. If you suffer from serious sleep disorder problems then it’s better to pay attention to bioschwartz magnesium bisglycinate product.  

Let’s start checking out our quick project guide.

Hard labor: 4/10

Skill level:  5/10

Time needed:  about three hours Finished size  ±1500mm(H) x 1700mm(W) Do it yourself for  ±R1 130, excluding fabric (pine shutterply R280, pine R160, finials R50, contact adhesive R60, primer and paint R220, foam R240, crystal buttons R120).

Project notes

• Scale the proportions of the headboard to suit your bed size and amend the cutting list accordingly (see standard bed sizes overleaf).

• We used 18mm pine ShutterPly for the headboard for a queen-sized bed.

• We used 70 x 44mm pine for our bedposts and simply routed the edges and added a final to finish them off.

• We treated the bedposts for added effect, but you could also opt for a natural wood finish instead, as per some of our photos.

• If you plan to use a patterned fabric, ask for extra width fabric as most rolls are only 1400mm wide.

Shopping list

• one sheet pine ShutterPly (2440 x 1880mm) cut to: 1550 x 1000mm (headboard) • two 1800 x 70 x 44mm pine cut to: two 1500mm lengths (bedposts)

• one 1800 x 44 x 12mm pine cut to: two 800mm lengths


• wood glue

• 50mm foam

• fabric; we used Hertex Parisian  Damask in Liquorice

• crystal buttons

• cord

• contact adhesive

• 10mm wooden dowel

• 60 grit and 120 grit sandpaper

• 35mm chipboard screws

• primer and paint

• paintbrush or foam roller


• pencil

• measuring tape

• tri-square

• drill

• 10mm spade bit

• jigsaw

• router (optional) •

multi sander

• upholstery needle

• staple gun

• scroll saw/hacksaw blade

Get started

1 Use the pencil, measuring tape and tri-square to mark out the curved shapes at the ‘top’ corners of the 1550 x 1000mm shutter board, as shown. Refer to the diagram and measure and mark a 162 x 94mm rectangle from the corner, then another within this measuring 72 x 88mm.

Draw a curved line from the bottom left corner up to the opposite corner and repeat on the opposite side. Use the jigsaw to cut the curved corners.  TIP Place your fingers at the side of the saw guide and use it to direct the saw along the curve, while steering clear of the cutting blade!

2 Mark the positions of the buttons measuring 345mm from the sides and 280mm from the top (for the top row) and a further 280mm (for the second row). Space the holes 216mm apart and use a 5mm drill bit to drill holes at these points.

3  Use a router and profile bit to rout along the front edges of the two 1500 x 70 x 44mm bedposts. This detail can be enhanced with a distressed paint technique, as there are more edges to distress.

4 Use the 10mm spade bit or drill bit to drill holes in the top of each of the bedposts for the finials. Add glue to the dowels before inserting these into the holes.

5 Apply contact adhesive to the shutter board. Then place the foam on top and allow to dry. Use a scroll saw or hacksaw blade to cut away the foam at the shaped corners.

6 Place the fabric over the foam and line up the pattern. Allow enough to fold over the edge and for a 40mm overlap underneath. Use the staple gun to fix the fabric along the back edge, pulling it taut as you work.

7 Drill countersunk pilot holes and fix the two 800mm pieces of 44 x 12mm to the edges of the bedposts (250mm from the top) using the 35mm chipboard screws, so that half overlaps the edge.

8 Use the upholstery needle to thread the cord through the holes in the back of the board (drilled in step 3), then add the buttons before sticking it back through the same hole.

9 Push the button deeply into the foam and pull the cord tightly before tying a knot over a short length of 10mm dowel. This will embed the button in the foam.

10 Fix the posts to the headboard by placing the side of the 44 x 12mm plank over the back edge of the headboard at either side.

11 If treating the posts, do so before attaching them to the headboard; apply a primer that can be tinted to a base colour that will show through when sanding the edges. Once dry, apply a topcoat in another shade.

12 Lightly sand the edges of the posts using the 120 grit sandpaper to expose the colour underneath and use the 60 grit sandpaper to distress the flat surfaces.

Standard bed sizes

Adapt the headboard dimensions to your bed size and make the width of the board just a bit wider than the bed.

Standard bed widths are:

King size  1830mm Queen  1520mm Double 1370mm Three-Quarter  1070mm Single 920mm