I have been wanting a headboard in our room for so long. For some reason it was just never something high on the priority list. I also never really found one I was in love with – that wasn’t $1,000+
The other day, I was searching for something on Google and came across this amazing blog and saw that she did an incredible tufted headboard and tutorial. So I thought, why not give it a try!
Let me first start off by saying that this wasn’t complicated or hard to do, but just takes time! Clay & I did this over a weekend, but you could stretch it out over the week.
The headboard took about 2 days from start to finish. We followed Little Green Notebook’s tutorial exactly.
After doing this myself, I came up with a lot of tips for you, which I will share throughout this post.
- Pegboard from Home Depot, cut to size. We measured our bed (King size) and had them cut the pegboard 40 inches high x 76 inches wide
- Spray adhesive
- Staple gun & staples
- Mounting hardware to attach headboard to the wall behind the bed
Joann’s Fabric Store
- 3 inch thick upholstery foam
**Huge Tip** Download the Joann’s app on your smartphone for a 50% off coupon. They have coupons every month for 50% off a single item, plus 20% off your entire purchase. For some reason these pieces of foam are extremely expensive – we would have paid $120 just for the foam!
- High loft batting
- 3 1/2 yards (less if your bed is smaller than king size) of whatever fabric you like. Originally I wanted a more velvet blush pink fabric, but we found a light blush pink satin fabric for 50% off, making it only $4.99 a yard!
Here was my inspiration photo
- 4 inch upholstery needle
- Waxed button thread
**Tip** I highly recommend using waxed upholstery grade thread, don’t use non-waxed. Half way through the tufting, we ran out of thread, so I went to a different fabric store that was closer to our house. They only had non-waxed thread. It was IMPOSSIBLE to work with. We ending up having to go back to Joann’s to get the waxed stuff anyway. The wax sticks to the fabric and makes it much easier for making knots as well – more on that later.
- Button making kit + refills 5/8 inch size – enough to make 58 buttons. You can do less if you plan on having less tufts or if you have a smaller headboard.
Total cost $150 – not bad for an upholstered king headboard
First you will need to figure out your tufting pattern – we decided on rows of 11 and 10 buttons, alternating each row
then take a sharpie and make dots through the chalk marked holes.
Take the pegboard off and now you have your pattern.
Now that all your holes are done, use your spray adhesive and glue the foam to the pegboard. Now all the holes will match up and you’re ready for tufting.
**Tip** make sure to let the foam hang off a 1/2 over the pegboard on the top and sides. This will make the edges more cushy and soft looking when you go to staple the fabric around the edges.
Take your needle, waxed thread & button
and poke it through your first hole
Pull it through and staple a couple of times. Triple knot the thread around the staple to ensure it doesn’t come loose
And there’s your first tuft! Yeee!
I am so thankful the Little Green Notebook said to start in the middle of all rows and work your way out with the tufts & save the edge tufts for last.
Knowing us, we would have totally botched this part if not for her advice!
Attach your mounting hardware & attach to your wall behind your bed & there you go!!
Our headboard kind of reminds me of this Pottery Barn one – I think ours is way cuter though and we didn’t have to spend $800 Yay!