How to Make a Tufted Headboards


A tufted headboard adds a touch of elegance to a bedroom and creates an instant focal point in the space. The detailed tufting of fabric headboards can come with a hefty price tag, however making one at home with some basic tools and materials can be a thrifty alternative. With some tips and knowledge, you can make a tufted headboard quickly and easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 4 canvas stretching boards
  • Batting
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • 4 buttons
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measure the width of the bed that the tufted headboard will hang over. This will determine the size of the canvas stretching boards you'll need.

  • Purchase four canvas stretching boards from an art supply store. Canvas stretching boards snap together at the corners. Two of the boards should be as long as the width of your bed. The two others can be any length you like, though 3 feet long works well.

  • Snap the four canvas stretching boards together to make a wooden frame for the headboard. Drape a piece of batting over the frame and wrap the edges of the batting around the frame. Attach the batting to the back of the frame with a staple gun. Trim off any excess.

  • Drape a piece of decorative fabric over the batting. Wrap the edges of the fabric around the frame and attach it in the back with the staple gun. Trim off any excess.

  • Place four buttons on top of the front side of the fabric, laying them in a symmetrical rectangle. Stitch the buttons to the headboard, taking a needle and thread through the fabric and the batting, and pull the stitch tightly enough that the button creates a small indent. This makes the tufted look when all four buttons are sewn down.

  • Hammer a line of nails into the wall above the bed, approximately two feet up from the top of the bed. Hang the headboard frame off of the line of nails. Push the bed flush against the headboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose fabric in a color or pattern that matches the accents of your bedroom.
  • Make sure there are enough staples in place to prevent the fabric from shifting.

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