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DIY Fabric Headboard

I always wanted a large, make a statement fabric headboard, but they can be so expensive! I knew I could DIY it. I wanted a soft, fabric headboard that would be comfortable to watch tv, and relax in our bed.

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I had forgotten to take photos as I was going along but you will still understand the steps just adjust to the size you would like.

For the back, I choose a piece of 1/2″ MDF board. This is heavy but I liked the sturdiness. You can also use plywood. Using 2x4s I screwed them to the MDF board where the bed frame would attach to them. Also adding a 2×4 in the middle for more support and a small piece near the top to stop it from hitting the wall.

For the padding, I purchased an egg crate mattress topper. It’s a lot cheaper than buying foam at the craft store. I placed it “pointy” side against the wood and folded it over the sides and top using my staple gun to attach it to the MDF. (Not putting staples on the front. That would make it lumpy.)

I purchased batting to then go over the egg crate to smooth it all out and attached it the same way over the top and sides.

I found this great fabric that matched our new walls, light enough for a little contrast, but could also hide any stains. I loved the texture and the price was great on

For the final step I laid my fabric out over the headboard and used the staple gun again the same way. Make sure it’s level and you’re pulling it tight as you staple. If you have a pneumatic staple gun. USE THAT! My arm was sore for 2 days!

I love the way it came out. It goes with the room so well, it’s not to busy to fight with the rug. It blends in but also gives off so much texture.

What do you think?

dining room pictured with links to projects


Sunday 13th of June 2021

What wall color is that?! I love it!


Saturday 9th of January 2021

Gorgeous headboard! Do you remember how many yards of material you used for a king?


Thursday 31st of December 2020

Hi! How large of a piece of mft board did you purchase? Also what size of mattress topper did you purchase? Genius idea for making headboard!!


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Great post! I’m about to start my project tomorrow. Also what wall color is that? It’s gorgeous.


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Looks great! Did you put the egg crate towards the wood (back) or front? Thanks


Sunday 9th of August 2020

The back!

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