Love the look of a fancy tufted headboard but hate its eye-watering price? You’ll love this quick and easy small apartment DIY! There’s just something about tufted headboard that makes a plain bedroom look extra cozy and ostentatious. Unfortunately, those fancy tufted headboards you see in lifestyle magazines are quite expensive.
It is possible to get the look you want for the bedroom without spending a fortune; just make your own tufted headboard! I’ve seen loads of these tutorials but found BHG’s small apartment DIY to be the easiest. Want to give it a try? Let’s get started:
You will need:
1/2 -inch plywood*
Screwdriver and screws
2 pcs. 12 × 60-inch medium-weight chipboard
Staple gun and staples
3/8-inch bit drill
2-inch-thick upholstery foam
3 yards of 54-inch-wide upholstery fabric
Button-cover kit and buttons
TIP: To make your life easier, have the pieces of boards and plywood cut at your local hardware store. Have the ½-inch plywood* cut to 48×66 inches. Cut the 2×4 boards** into 2 pieces of 66 inches and 44 inches. The 2×8 boards*** should be cut to 2 pieces of 60-inch long and 12 inches longboards. For the fabric, you can use any color you like so go crazy!
Step 1: Building the Headboard Frame
Let’s begin with the frame, it has to be reinforced so it won’t wobble. Start by attaching the 2x4x66 inches piece of wood to the 2×4×44 inches of wood**. Next, screw the 60-inch 2×8 boards*** perpendicular to the 2×4 board**, making sure it’s set flush with the top of the plywood. This serves as the “wings” of the headboard.
Finally, add the legs of the bed frame by attaching the 12-inch 2×8 boards*** to the 60-inch 2×8 boards*** below the plywood.
Step 2: Attaching the Chipboard
Using your staple gun, staple the outside edge of the chipboard along the inside edges of the headboard frame’s “wings”. You can get the chipboard at any art and shipping supply stores near you.
Curve the board and staple the other edge to the plywood. With a measuring tape and pencil, measure and mark your desired hole placement for tufting. Drill a hole on all the marked spots.
Step 3: Assembling the Headboard
Once the buttonholes are done, move on to cutting the foam to fit the top and legs of the headboard. Spray a generous layer of adhesive all over the headboard frame and slap on the foam then leave the adhesive to dry completely. Then, start tufting the holes from the back of the frame using an upholstery needle. Cut holes all over the foam from the back using the scissors.
Set the fabric across the board and around the wings, letting the materials overlap on all sides for at least 10 inches. Cover the legs with the same fabric by cutting panels of the material to fit each leg. Fold the top edge under to create a straight seam then staple the material to set it in place.
Step 4: Creating the Tufts
Adding the tufts is the most time-consuming process of the project. It requires a lot of patience but as long as you know how to sew buttons, this should be easy to do! Start by preparing the covered buttons then threading the twine to the needle. Add the uncovered button to the end of the threaded twine then knot the button in place.
Starting with the hole in the middle, push the needle from the back of the headboard to the front, securing the button tightly in place from the back. Thread the needle through the hole on the back of the covered button, loop around and then thread through the hole from the headboard to the backside. Pull the thread to set the covered button in place, loop around the button and then return to the hole in the headboard to the back. Secure the button by tying a tight knot. Repeat until all the covered buttons are set in place.
When making the tufts, you want to pull the buttons back as tightly as possible to create a beautiful tufted look. Finish up by stapling the fabric along the edges of the headboard as snugly as possible. Place the headboard against the wall, set your bed against the headboard and voila, your bedroom looks ten times better than before!
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