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HOW TO MAKE AN UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD

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.

How to make an upholstered headboard using an old metal bed frame and a bleach canvas drop cloth.

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

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.

DIY upholstered headboard starting by cutting the spindles off with a saw zall

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.

Cut Pegboard

Next, lay the pegboard on a flat surface then lay your metal headboard onto the pegboard. I lined up the edges so I could save myself some cutting.

Making a upholstered headboard with a pegboard and old metal bed frame.

Now draw around the edges of the metal headboard.

Making a upholstered headboard with a pegboard and old metal bed frame.

And then using the jigsaw cut along the line.

Upholstered headboard DIY using a pegboard and cutting out the shape of a metal bed with a jigsaw.

Attach with Zipties

The next part is simple. Thread zip ties through the back of the pegboard and around the metal headboard then zip it shut pulling it tight.

Upholstered headboards DIY by attaching a pegboard to a metal headboard with zip ties.

Then cut the excess off with scissors or I used wire cutters.

Upholstered headboards DIY by attaching a pegboard to a metal headboard with zip ties.

You be the judge on how many zip ties to use. I feel like the more you tie the metal headboard and pegboard together the more secure it will become.

Upholstered headboards DIY by attaching a pegboard to a metal headboard with zip ties.

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.

Iron a bleached drop cloth canvas material before applying it to an upholstered headboad

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.

Lay the ironed drop cloth material on a table to make an upholstered headboard

Then lay the quilt batting over it. I laid out three layers of batting.

Lay the ironed drop cloth material on a table then quilt batting to make an upholstered headboard

Then lay the metal bed down on top of the fabric and batting with the pegboard side down.

Now find a place to begin and pull the fabric and quilt batting around the frame of the metal bed and staple it down with the staple gun. Continue to do this moving in one direction.

Wrap the fabric and quilt batting around the pegboard and metal bed frame to make an upholstered headboard.

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.

Wrap the fabric and quilt batting around the pegboard and metal bed frame to make an upholstered headboard.

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.

Wrap the fabric and quilt batting around the pegboard and metal bed frame to make an upholstered headboard.

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.

Conclusion

Can you believe how quick, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful this headboard turned out and with only a limited amount of tools?

Beautiful upholstered headboard against a shiplap wall.

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.

If you want to bleach your drop cloth know that not all drop cloths are created equal. I have found some that will not bleach so tap any blue drop cloth text to take you to the one I buy.

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.

Beautiful upholstered headboard against a shiplap wall.

And if you would like some other simple DIY projects to check out this easy DIY basket pendant light or how to install peel and stick wallpaper like this shiplap wall in the guest bedroom.

I hope you have found this post to be helpful and here are pictures of the final product.

How to make an upholstered headboard from an old metal bed and bleached drop cloth for a guest bedroom.

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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