I DIYed a headboard guys! I finally did it! My very own DIY headboard! After hmming and hawwwwing for months about it, I managed to align the stars and equipment to do it. The project cost me about 100$ total, but a lot of that was fabric and the spray-glue.
What you’ll need for a DIY Headboard
Upholstery fabric: 2 meters should do it – it varies depending on the size of the headboard. I got mine on sale for 30$.
Foam batting: about 22$ to cover the headboard
Foam to over-lay: about 6$ to cover the batting and add an extra layer of cushioning.
Spray-glue: 15$ for a special adhesive to fix the foam to the particle board. Most adhesives will melt foam so buying the right one is important. You could staple it down, but the dents will show under the fabric, so I don’t recommend doing this unless you’re planning to make it look like that on purpose.
Particle board: 20$ (including the fee to cut it). Your local Canac or Home Depot should have it in sheets of 8x4ft, so have it cut according to your desired dimensions. I wanted a simple rectangle for the headboard, and it worked perfectly. Depending on the thickness of your particle board the price may vary, as will the difficulty in hanging it.
Don’t forget to measure how high and wide the headboard needs to be before you head off to purchase things! I opted for a very simple design (because we don’t have a jigsaw and I can’t cut anything too fancy at the moment), but if you opt for anything more complex, don’t forget to allow for more time!
Step 1: spray the particle board with adhesive, and lay-down foam.
Weight it down to ensure it dries properly. I found it took a good 5-10mins before the corners stopped trying to peel off the board. I did this bit outside, because the doors were pretty strong. I moved the project inside once it was dry.
Step 2: Lay the next layer of foam down before stapling to the board.
I lay it down on my dinning room table, an then lowered the headboard over it. Be sure to leave enough batting hanging-out, so that you can then wrap it around the corners, sides, and top of the board to staple it. Make your staples evenly spaced, and used constant tension to avoid weird ripples once the fabric is placed. Make sure to staple the fabric along the bottom of the headboard too, to ensure nothing rolls upwards at a later point.
Step 3: Apply the fabric
Do as you did with the second layer of foam, lay it out on a table and place the headboard on top, while leaving enough fabric to fold over the sides, top, and corners.
Start by stapling the bottom of the headboard to ensure that there is even tension across the headboard. Pay special attention when folding the fabric around the corners, no matter how you decide to do it, just make sure it looks the same on the other side. A simple envelope fold will do!
Step 4: Check headboard
Once all the stapling is done, I had to hammer down the staples (or risk scrapping the wall it would lean against), but that’s because of the type of particle board I used. I then flipped it over and checked to see that it all looked ok.
The total DIY headboard project took me about 1hr to complete from start to finish once I had the pieces.
I purchased all the pieces necessary to mount the headboard to the bed frame, but haven’t done that part yet. The other option is to mount the headboard to the wall. Unfortunately I can’t mount it to the wall in our PMQ because it would leave too many holes (which I don’t feel like filling). It sits just fine between the wall and the bed for the moment, so we’ll see how long it’s good like that!
The headboard is amazing, and I can’t believe it took me that long to get to it! Bruce loves it, and Boots hasn’t started trying to claw it (yet).
Send me your pictures of your DIY headboard!