DIY, Home Decor, Lifestyle

DIY Tufted Headboard

For years I searched for the perfect headboard. A beautiful diamond tufted wingback headboard with nailhead trim. It’s a look that is both classy and feminine enough and makes me want to jump into bed with a glass of wine and read a good book. (or binge watch Netflix!)

Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Z Gallerie all have amazing headboards with everything I wanted, but with price that can be hard to swallow.

How could I get the expensive looking “Restoration Hardware-Style” headboard I so desperately desired, but on a budget?

DIY it of course!

If I can do it, you can do this. Now I highly recommend you have a friend to help and also provide moral support. This project was tedious at times, but Isaac and I had a lot of fun doing this project together and we loved how it turned out.

Of course, Pinterest has the holy grail of DIY headboard ideas. I can’t even begin to guess how many I have pinned. I searched through tons of pins of headboards similar to what I wanted. This tutorial is one I found really helpful.

Funny story, our headboard was initially to be a lot longer in length, but we actually had to go back into Lowe’s and have them cut it smaller when we realized the plywood wouldn’t fit into my tiny car.

For this project you will need: 

Lay out the mattress toppers on top of each other on the floor and place the plywood on top. Use scissors to trim down the excess pad around the plywood.

Then we figured out how many buttons we were going to need and the shape we wanted.

I wanted a diamond tufted look. We played around with the uncovered buttons to figure out the placement before actually covering them.

I used measuring tape as a guide to make sure the buttons were straight and the marker to circle where I wanted the buttons.

After you figure out how many buttons you need, I recommend going ahead and covering them! This is one of the most tedious parts of the process so I recommend having someone help.

I am glad we covered the buttons ourselves because it eliminated the process of finding buttons to match my fabric. The instructions that come in the button making kits are pretty easy to follow.

I love how the headboard really ties our bedroom together.

There are plenty of templates out there you can use to mark each individual diamond. I’ve seen people who use peg board to make sure their diamonds are perfect, but I didn’t care to spend extra money on another board that wouldn’t be as sturdy as plywood.

Next lay out some cotton batting and place the egg crate mattress toppers flat side down on the batting. Place the plywood on the top and make sure it’s all lined up. Wrap the cotton batting around the back of the wood and staple to secure.

I recommend figuring out where your brackets are going to go after you complete this step so you can cut holes in the back of the batting before covering the headboard in fabric. (We did not do this and ended up having to cut holes in the fabric and the cotton batting on the back of the headboard to attach it to the arms)

Once the batting is secure, you can flip the wood over. You should be able to see the circles you drew earlier. Use scissors or a knife and cut out the circle in the batting and the foam all the way down to the plywood. (This gives you a deeper tuft when you secure the buttons later).

After your circles have been cut out, it should look something like this:

Now it’s time to drill the holes!

Once all of the holes have been drilled, lay your fabric over the top of the wood.

I recommend starting at the top and working your way down so you can adjust the folds in your fabric.

Here is how to secure the buttons:

  1. Using a long upholstery needle and thread, start from the back of and thread the needle through the hole of the covered button.
  2. Loop it around and through the hole again. Pull the button down the thread and as deep into the foam as you can.
  3. Cut the end of the thread and pull the needle off.
  4. Pull the ends of the thread to the opposite side of the button and tie off. I recommend doing this a few times on different sides to make sure the button is secure.
  5. Trim down the ends of the thread so it doesn’t show from under the button.

After all the buttons are secured, it should look something like this:

Finish up the tufting around the headboard and staple the fabric to the back. Yay! Now the main part of the headboard is done.

Wrap the two arms in cotton batting and staple it to secure it. Then cover the arms in fabric and staple to secure.

Now you can add the nailhead trim. This can be time consuming. I only wanted one line of nail head on each leg.

Once your arms are wrapped in fabric and the trim has been added, it’s time to attach the legs to the headboard itself.

I recommend using 4 corner brackets to attach, two on each side. One close to the top, and one close to the bottom.

Once the braces have been attached you are all set!

This project cost less than $150 for us to make, which is on the higher end of what I normally spend on DIY projects. But, considering many of the headboards we considered buying, I’m really happy with ours!

Hope you enjoyed this one! If you have any questions or if you try it out for yourself, please let me know. I would love to see it. Happy Friday Eve!

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