How to Upholster a Headboard With Buttons


Adding a new headboard to your bed can be a creative and fun experience. The design, fabrics and colors are limited only by your imagination. Creating your new headboard can be accomplished in a weekend.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 inch plywood (4 feet by 8 feet) fabric muslin or drapery lining 1/2 inch sheet foam or polyester batting jig saw drill stapler lumber 1 inch by 6 inch, 8 feet long buttons to be covered sandpaper scissors chalk pencil stick pins

How to Upholster a Headboard with Buttons

  • Measure the width of the bed and add 4 inches.

  • Determine how tall (height) the finished headboard will be.

  • Cut the plywood to these dimensions or have it cut for you at the lumber supply store.

  • The top of the headboard can be left straight or can be cut with a jig saw forming curves or any type of design desired. Designs are best drawn on paper to determine the effect you prefer. Transfer the design to plywood and cut with jig saw.
    Lightly sand edges to remove roughness.

  • Wrap sheet foam or polyester batting around the headboard and staple it to the back of the headboard. Trim any excess foam or batting.

  • Cover foam side of headboard with desired fabric. Smooth and tighten fabric, stapling to the back side of the headboard. Work your way around the entire headboard. Trim excess fabric.

  • Use stick pins or chalk to determine placement of buttons. Drill a hole through fabric and plywood where each button is to be placed. Use a 3/16 drill bit.

  • Cover buttons with fabric per package directions. Upholstery shops will cover the buttons for you at a reasonable cost.

  • Using strong cord cut to 12 inches for each button. Thread cord through button loop. Thread both ends of cord through a large needle. Push needle through predrilled holes in plywood. Pull button tight enough to form an indentation in the fabric. Staple cord to back of headboard.

  • Cover the back of the headboard with muslin or lining fabric. Turn under all raw edges and staple them.

  • Cut 1 foot by 6 foot boards to form the support legs. Allow 12 inches minimum to attach to the back of the headboard. Attach to the back of the headboard with wood screws. Attach legs to bed frame. The headboard can be left free standing, with the bed holding it in place. This is your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a medium weight fabric. Heavy weight fabric makes the buttons difficult to cover, if you choose to do them yourself.

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