DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard 

My mother in law found this headboard idea on HGTV. Here is the link to the specific instructions.  Please pay attention to the instructions as they are for a queen size bed.  We made a California king size one, so we added another row to one side.  Although, I did not go as high so I eliminated a row at the top. This headboard turned out beautifully! It was definitely worth the time and effort.  I had help from my in-laws and husband.


1.  The first thing I did was buy and cut the foam.  I thought it was easiest to buy chair foam instead of a roll of foam.  With my coupons at Joann’s, I actually think it was a lot cheaper.  These are what I bought.  Then, I cut them down to 12×12 squares. I bought the regular density, not the firm ones.

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2. I spent some money on good quality fabric.  I special ordered this from Joann’s, as well.  I bought 4 yards.  It took about 2 weeks to get it in the mail.

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With the help of my husband we measured 16×16 squares of the fabric, and cut them out.


3.  I went to ace, and bought the plywood, and asked them to cut it down to 12×12 squares for me.

4.  Then it was time to assemble them.  This was the hardest part.  We used a regular staple gun for the straight edges, and then a stapler attached to a air compressor for the corners because the fabric was so thick.

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Then came putting the pieces together.  We found it easier to put this on a six foot table.  We assembled the first row.  Then, the second row and combined them.   We did this step again, then put the four together.

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we added extra boards and extra screws to hold it together.  We added two french pleats, because it was pretty heavy.  Voila! attach to the wall and that’s it.

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