DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY Tufted Headboard (No Sew)

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This DIY Tufted Headboard is beautiful and economical. In the video demo below, Mrs. Tajee R walks us through the quick and easy process. Best of all, no sewing is necessary for this DIY project!

Below is the video demo for your new DIY Tufted Headboard. Make sure to reference the video notes for the following resources.

Required materials
Tools for the job
DIY step-by-step process

DIY Tufted Headboard Video Demo

what should I buy?

Materials List

The list below includes all necessary materials to complete your DIY headboard. All are common items found in your local home improvement store or purchased online.

  • Plywood (4×8 foot – link here)
  • 2×4 – 96 inches (4 pieces for horizontal frame top & bottom – link here)
  • 2×4 – 120 inches (1 piece cut into three for vertical framing – link here)
  • 2×4 – 144 inches (1 piece cut into two for headboard legs – link here)
  • Spray adhesive (to affix mattress topper – link here)
  • Foam mattress topper (1 or 2 pieces based on preference – link here)
  • Quilt Batting (added over foam topper – link here)
  • Fabric (customize with your favorite color – options here)
  • Buttons (customize your buttons – option here)
  • #8 screws (1/2 inch – link here)
  • #8 washers (link here)
  • #9 screws (3 inch – link here)

Get Creative!

In the materials list above, you have some flexibility when it comes to customization. Specifically, when purchasing your headboard fabric and buttons. Have fun when choosing these!

what will I need?

Tools for the Job

This project requires just a few tools. It’s likely you’ll already have these items around your house. Note, you will NOT find a sewing machine included below!

  • Circular saw: necessary for cutting the plywood and 2×4’s.
  • Exacto knife: used to trim excess fabric from your headboard. Scissors will also work if an exacto isn’t available.
  • Staple gun & staples: you’ll use this to affix the batting & fabric.
  • Electric drill: required for building your headboard frame & for creating that “tufted” look.
  • Iron: to smooth out the fabric wrinkles.
  • Measuring tape: space your buttons just right.
  • Sharpie marker: to pre-mark your button locations.
  • Hot glue gun: used to affix buttons onto the screws.
how’d she do that?

Step by Step Instructions

You have all the pieces and the tools to get the job done. Now the fun part. Follow the video demo along with the instructions below to build your custom, tufted headboard!

  1. Cut your backboard: Cut your plywood to the desired size for your headboard. Alternatively, have the shop cut your plywood for you. Typically, this is done for free from local suppliers or for a very small fee from large chains.
  2. Cut your frame: Cut 2×4’s to the width of the plywood. These will be used as your horizontal supports for the rear of the plywood. Now cut 2×4 into three pieces, for vertical supports. When measuring, make sure to account for the combined height of both horizontal 2×4’s. (tNot shown in video.)
  3. Assemble frame: Affix the plywood onto the 2×4 frames using your electric drill and screws. Drill the screws in from the “top” of the plywood so screw heads are flush with plywood. (Not shown in video)
  4. Add the tuft: Spray the adhesive onto the flat side of the plywood (opposite side as the 2×4 framing). Make sure to get the corners and sides really well. Press the foam firmly onto the plywood with the textured side facing down. Don’t worry about the foam overlapping the plywood. We’ll cover that in the next step! Optional – apply a second layer of foam topper for added thickness.
  5. Lay it down: Lay down the batting and place the plywood and frames facing down. 
  6. Trim the fat: Trim the excess foam around the plywood. This is done easily with an exacto knife or scissors if no exacto knife is available.
  7. Staple Batting: The batting should be larger than the width and height of the plywood. Make sure to pull the batting tight before stapling. PRO TIP: use your knee to hold the batting in place as you staple. Fold the batting over the sides of the headboard frame and staple the batting onto the 2×4 frames. 
  8. Lay Fabric & Iron Wrinkles: Flip the headboard over. Lay the fabric over the headboard so it’s centered. Iron the fabric so it’s wrinkle-free.
  9. Staple Fabric: Flip over again so the headboard is face-down on top of the fabric. Pull the fabric tight and staple onto the framing.
  10. Trim the Excess: Trim the batting and fabric, leaving a few inches of excess material. Don’t worry, this won’t be seen when pushed against a wall.
  11. Map your Buttons: Flip over so face-up. Map out your buttons so they’re in a desired pattern. In the video, you’ll see buttons mapped to 10.5 inches in distance (width) and 8 inches distance (height). Use your measuring tape to mark the spots for your buttons with a sharpie. 
  12. Create your Tuft: At the marked spots, drill in the screws and washers. This will create your “tufted” look.
  13. Add Buttons: Using hot glue gun, apply glue to the screw head. Press buttons down firmly onto the glue.
  14. Build Legs: For leg assembly, measure 2×4 so the height is equal to the headboard height plus the desired distance off of the ground. Cut two pieces at this length. From the rear of the headboard, drill the legs onto the rear of the frame.
  15. Cover your Legs: Using extra foam and batting, wrap and staple material onto the bottom, visible portion of the 2×4 legs.

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