Learn how to make an upholstered headboard the cheap and easy way with this step by step tutorial. With a few tools, a drop cloth, and a used metal headboard you can create a DIY upholstered headboard in one day.
I could not wait to share how to make an upholstered headboard after sharing our cheap small bedroom ideas post. Probably one of the easiest and inexpensive projects I have created this year.
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How to Make an Upholstered Headboard
The key to making this a budget-friendly project is upcycling. Start by finding an old metal headboard. Once you have your bed you can begin to collect these other materials.
Supplies Needed to Make an Upholstered Headboard
- Metal headboard
- Zip ties
- Quilt batting
- Drop cloth (bleach if you plan to bleach it white)
- Staple gun and staples
- Sawzall (optional)
DIY Upholstered Headboard
To begin if your metal headboard has anything you want to remove as I did her with the spindles on the corners go ahead and remove it.
To remove the spindles we used a Sawzall and cut off the posts. You do not have to remove the posts but I wanted to for the look I was going for.
Now draw around the edges of the metal headboard.
And then using the jigsaw cut along the line.
Attach with Zipties
Add Fabric and Quilt Batting
Before we start upholstering iron out your fabric to get any wrinkles or creases out. It is much easier to do it now.
What is the best fabric for upholstered headboard?
You might be asking what is the best fabric to use for an upholstered headboard. The answer to that is a upholstery weight fabric or a canvas material like this drop cloth.
Next lay the fabric on a flat surface smoothing out all wrinkles.
Then lay the quilt batting over it. I laid out three layers of batting.
Then lay the metal bed down on top of the fabric and batting with the pegboard side down.
If you get to a place that has a curve you will need to cut slits into the fabric so the fabric moves gracefully around the curve. On inside curves, I cut v shapes but on outside curves, I cut straight cuts or slits.
Also, if you find a place where you cannot wrap the fabric use zigzag scissors to cut the edge. This will keep the fabric from fraying.
Guess what? You are finished!!!
How much does it cost to make an upholstered headboard?
If you are using an old metal frame, pegboard, bleach drop cloth and quilt batting, this headboard is cheap costing around 50.00. You an also cut wood instead of using an old metal frame and again this project would be under 75.00.
Can you believe how quick, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful this headboard turned out and with only a limited amount of tools?
Here are a few last tips on making this headboard. Use an upholstery weight fabric which is a thicker fabric or a drop cloth like I did.
Last, to bleach your dropcloth just put it in a top load washer with hot water and let it sit for 6 to 8 hours agitating the tub every hour.
I hope you have found this post to be helpful and here are pictures of the final product.
Now it is your turn. For more inspiration and ideas for small bedrooms check out these bedroom ideas for small rooms.
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