How to make a Headboard


You will need:

  • 0.5 - 2cm thick plywood
  • Scissors
  • Durable fabric
  • Foam
  • Batting
  • Staple gun or adhesive spray/glue
  • Mounting brackets
  • Drill and screws for mounting brackets

A headboard can bring some true style to your bedroom, but they can be very costly and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the right headboard for you. So if you have the time, you can do-it-yourself, and here’s how.

Step 1: Get some Plywood

Get some plywood from a hardware store about 0.5 – 2cm thick, choosing your own width and height. It is a good idea to extend the headboard about 8cm on either side of the mattress and about 70cm above the mattress, but you can choose for yourself how far you want to extend it. King-sized beds are usually about 200cm wide, while queen-sized beds are about 155cm, full-sized beds are about 140cm and twin beds are about 100cm wide. It is recommended that you measure yours to be sure.
Once you have your measurements go to a lumber or home improvement store and ask them to cut the plywood to the exact length to save you some time and trouble.


Step 2: Fabric, Foam and Batting

Buy some foam that is about 5cm thick and the same size as your plywood and also some batting, but with an additional 20cm on each side.

The fabric you choose should be durable and not tear easily when stretched. Add about 30cm for each side of the headboard based on your measurements.


Step 3: The Assembly

Put your fabric, batting, foam and plywood on a smooth, hard surface (in that order). Wrap the loose edges of the batting around the foam and to the back of the plywood, then use a staple gun, to staple the batting to the other side of the plywood, securing the foam in place. Now stretch the fabric so there is a fair amount of tension and wrap its loose edges around the back of the plywood as well, then staple it in place. You should have a staple every 5cm to ensure the fabric stays secure, and then trim any excess off the edges.

If you’re not so good with a staple gun or don’t have access to one, you can try adhesive spray or very strong glue to secure the batting and fabric to the plywood.


Step 4: Mounting Your Headboard

Place the headboard in the intended position and measure approximately 30cm from the top of the headboard. This is where you will put the mounting brackets. You should fit one bracket every 45 – 60cm, depending on the size of your headboard. Then, screw the matching side of the mounting brackets in the same location on the plywood. If you are going to have multiple panels, use one mounting bracket per panel.

Slide the brackets from the plywood into those on the wall, and there you have it! You’ve made your own personalised headboard! If you prefer to you could also attach the headboard to the bed frame with some simple mounting brackets or screws.