How to make a headboard

Even for people with little manual skills like me, making a headboard can be classed as easy.

Total cost £55. Bargain!

Shopping list

  • A piece of wood/MDF board cut to size from any DIY store
  • Foam
  • Fabric
  • Hemline brass cover buttons
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Screwdriver and piece of string
  • A small piece of wire or plastic tubing
  • Staple gun and spray adhesive
  • Some screws or flush mounts

Measure how wide you want your board to be (width of your bed) and how tall (tip: if you want a shelf at the top, make sure your arm can reach it), and take your measurements to any DIY store.

If they don’t have it on-site, just ask a customer assistant to cut it for you to size. I went to Homebase, and they were more than happy to do it for me.

Another thing to consider here is how thick you want it. We went for a fairly thin piece (approx. 10 cm) as we knew we were going to attach it to the box, but you might consider a thicker board if it’s going to be a standalone headboard.

I used only 2 inches thick foam. A good idea is to fold it few times to achieve the required thickness. I got 2.5 metres of sage green fabric to match my colour scheme and the buttons at Hobbycraft.

Steps by step guide:

  1. Place your piece of wood on two stools and lay the foam over the top. Fold as many times as you want in order to achieve the required thickness. Cut the excess with scissors or a utility knife. Fix it to the board with a staple gun and/or spray adhesive. Make sure the surface is as smooth as possible.
  2. Repeat this step with your chosen fabric. Don’t cut the excess immediately as it will be useful when stretching the material over the board (it’s easier if you’ve got some help at this point so the surface looks nice and smooth). When you fix it with a staple gun then you can cut the excess and put it to one side for the buttons.
  3. Cover the buttons with the spare material, spread them evenly and align them using a ruler. Measure the distance between them, turn the board over and measure exactly the same distance on the other side. Using a pencil, highlight where each of the buttons is placed. You need to fix the buttons to the top of the material using a piece of string. Gently drill a hole on the other side of the board with a power drill. Pull the string through and knot it twice. Use a piece of wire or plastic tubing to stop the knot sliding through. Check the buttons are fixed permanently.
  4. The last step is fixing the headboard to the box or the wall if you prefer. We screwed the headboard to the box, but you can also fix it to the wall using flush mounts.

All done. Sleep well!


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