A DIY headboard with impact is a wonderful way to finish off a bedroom. Use this classic upholstery technique to give your bedroom its finishing touch at a fraction of the cost of an expensive, shop-bought version when you make your own deep-buttoned headboard
Making this DIY headboard should take around 4 hours
What you will need to make A DIY headboard
- 2 timber battens (75mm x 22mm x 1.4m)
- Woodscrews and screwdriver
- Measuring tape and pencil
- Drill and wood drill bit
- Medium-density foam (35mm), cut to size
- Staple gun
- Wood glue
- Fabric (see fabric chart below)
- Batting (same size as fabric)
- Coverable buttons
- Industrial-strength thread and an extra-long darning needle (at least 60 mm)
- Standard bed sizes Fabric (based on 1.4m fabric width)
- Single (920 mm) 1.5m
- Three-quarter (1070mm) 1.5m
- Double (1370 mm) 3m
- Queen (1520 mm) 3m
- King (1830 mm) 3m
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How to make your own deep-buttoned headboard
1. Construct a frame for your DIY headboard using the chipboard and battens, offsetting the battens by 200mm from the sides and top of the chipboard.
2. To map out where the buttons will go, draw a grid by dividing the width of the chipboard into equal sections. For a queen-sized bed, 10 equal parts work well. Use the same measurements to mark out five rows from the top of the headboard (any further rows will be hidden behind pillows).
3. Drill pilot holes where the lines cross to create your button grid.
4. Glue the foam onto the face of the frame, folding the foam over the top of the frame and securing it with staples.
5. Layer on the batting and then the fabric. Pull the fabric tightly over the frame and fix it to the back of the chipboard panel using a staple gun.
6. Fold the batting and fabric layers neatly around the corners and secure with staples.
7. If your buttons aren’t already covered, you will need to cover them.
8. Thread the button threads through the tightened fabric so that they correspond with the pilot holes behind and secure at the back with the staple gun. Take care to pull all the buttons through equally to ensure an even grid on the face of your DIY headboard.
Bright idea: To prevent your headboard from moving, secure it to the wall by screw-fixing through the support battens.
Extract taken from Make your Home – 75 Décor and Lifestyle Projects, published by Penguin Random House