Upholstered DIY Padded Headboard

Upholstered DIY Padded Headboard
Upholstered DIY Padded Headboard
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You can never go wrong with adding a headboard to finish off your bedroom. This Upholstered DIY Padded Headboard will take your room from a 9 to a 10 in a snap of your fingers. If you've been on the hunt for creative and easy DIY headboard ideas, then this one will will suit both of those needs. You can customize this bedroom piece using bright and bold fabrics or you can use neutral and classic colors. Once you've completed your headboard, find some funky throw pillows that will match your new masterpiece and voila! With this DIY headboard, your room will look like it came straight out of a magazine.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project


Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears (8")
  • Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
  • Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
  • Wooden bed frame with headboard
  • Foam
  • Batting
  • Adhesive
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Heavy-duty stapler and staples
  • Paint
  • Saw


  1. Start by giving an old wooden bed frame a fresh coat of paint.

  2. If the headboard is not already square, use a saw to trim away any curved sides and create a straight edge. This will make wrapping the fabric smoother and easier. 

  3. Measure the height and width of the headboard and record the measurements. Use Amplify® Shears (8") to trim the foam to the same size as the headboard. The shears are designed to make quick work of thick materials.

  4. Cut the batting to the same size as the foam and adhere the batting to the top side of the foam. The batting will provide an extra layer of comfort and ensure that your upcycled headboard feels as good as it looks.

  5. Use the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter and the Acrylic Ruler to trim the upholstery fabric to size. The fabric should be cut about 8 inches longer and wider than the foam. Using the rotary cutter in the power position will facilitate easier cutting of heavy-weight fabrics.

  6. Place the fabric on your work surface with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Put the foam in the center of the fabric, with the batting side against the fabric. Wrap the two short ends of the fabric around the foam. Glue in place and allow the glue to dry so the fabric doesn't move when working on the next step.

  7. Place the fabric and foam on the front of the wooden headboard and pull the excess fabric from the long sides over the back to finish wrapping the headboard. Smooth out any wrinkles before stapling in place using a heavy-duty stapler. Once the fabric has been stapled at the top and bottom and the fabric is secure, you're done.

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