How To Make A Tufted Headboard



I have been wanting to make a tufted headboard for so long! I have studied a million different ways  to do it and after brain storming for the last few months,  I decided I was ready to give it a try.

Supplies needed:

1/2-1 inch plywood
1/8-1/4 inch drill bit and drill
2 large sheets of 16 oz. batting
Staple gun
Fabric Buttons Covers
Upholstery Thread
Doll Needle or a long needle of some kind (at least 2″ long)

Here is how I made it – please forgive me for the lack of pictures:

1.  Cut your plywood to the size that you want.  I made this headboard for a king size bed.  The width of a standard king size bed is 76″.  I made my board 82″ W x 48″H.  Be aware that a California king size bed is wider than a standard.

2.  Figure out where you want your buttons to go and drill holes.  I used a 1/4″ drill bit.   I drew a grid on my plywood and where the top lines and the bottom lines intersected is where I drilled my holes for the buttons.

3.  Cover the board with (2) pieces of 16oz batting.

  • Lay the batting out on the floor one layer at a time making sure it is smooth before adding the next layer of batting.
  • Place your headboard on top of your 2 layers of batting.
  • Cut the batting about 5-6″ from the edge of the board.
  • Pulling the batting tight, staple the batting (keeping your staples about 1/2″ apart) 2-3″ from the edge of the board (on the backside).
  • Cut the access batting as close to your staples as possible.

**I use the Surebonder 9600A Heavy Duty Staple Gun hooked up to our compressor and it is amazing!  I purchased mine on Amazon for $25.

4.  Iron your fabric and lay the headboard on top of the fabric.  Cut the fabric about 6″ from the edge of the board.

5.  Pulling your fabric tight, staple the fabric, pulling it over the batting so that it’s covered.  If you choose not to have a clean edge (folding your fabric down before you staple) trim the access fabric.  You don’t want fabric bunching up on the back of your headboard because it won’t lay flush against the wall.

6.    Cover your buttons with fabric.

**I used Dritz Home Button Covers that you cover yourself.  They were so easy to do and looked very professional.  I purchased them at Joanne’s Fabric.


7.  Using upholstery thread and a long needle (I used a doll needle) –

  • Thread the upholstery thread through the needle, pull the thread down to meet the tail and tie a knot (you want the thread to be doubled).  Push your needle through the 1st drilled hole on the back of the headboard.  Hold onto about 6 inches of the thread and staple it to the back of the headboard close to your drilled hole.    Thread the needle through the loop on the back of the button and push the needle back through the front of the headboard (where you just pulled the needle through – guessing where your drilled hole is).   Pull the thread really tight and staple it to the back of the headboard close to your drilled hole.  Now you should have 2 (doubled threads) stapled separately.  Do this with all of the buttons.

6.  I attached 2 Heavy Duty Single Hole D Rings to each side of the back of the headboard (top corners) and I used 2 Hillman Group No Stud Picture Hanging Hook (up to 200lbs)

Yes, I realize this is over-kill but I wanted to make sure that the headboard didn’t fall down!!!!

Once I figured out where my buttons were going to go (this took me forever because there was some math involved…ugh), it literally took me less than an hour to make this headboard.  Cost for supplies came to less than $95!  Try to buy a king sized headboard for that price!

Next post will be the reveal of Tracie’s room.


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  1. I am very impressed! This project is also on my “to do” list . It’s more of a want to do rather than a need to do. so it keeps getting put on the back burner. My problem is I want it to have a shape. Probably a more intricate shape than I should tackle but it’s still on the list! You did a great job, Mandy! Thanks for the detailed instructions as well!

    • Hi Sonya, thanks so much for the compliment! You shouldn’t have any problems accomplishing a detailed headboard with all of the beautiful detailed sewing you do. Good luck and if you have any questions, please let me know.

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