Making your own headboard

Great tips on designing and making your own economical headboard in just a few simple steps.

Graduating from school and moving into my first place was a huge time in my life! Except there was one problem, I had student loan debt and really no money to furnish the beautiful corner unit! Well, difficult times calls for creative measures! Once I had the essentials in place, you know, like a bed, a couch…I worked on the non-essentials like my headboard. There are so many great ideas out there for making a headboard on a budget, but before the time of Pinterest, I used to go to home shows at the convention center and get all kinds of great ideas for DIY projects.

One of those great ideas was to make a headboard using insulation board, polyfill stuffing, fabric and T-pins. It was so easy, I flew threw this project really not even having much time to take photos throughout!


I took measurements of the width of my bed and the height that I wanted the headboard to be. In my case it was 60”x 32”. I picked up the insulation board from Home Depot and they cut it for me to the measurements I needed on that visit. Next stop, Ottawa street in Hamilton. For years I have been going to Ottawa street with my mom who does a lot of sewing. She does everything from clothes, to upholstery and even reupholstering! Together, we went to 2 of our favourite textile shops and picked up polyfill stuffing, which again the lady cut to my specified measurements, and upholstery fabric (same deal).

I also picked up T-pins from fabric store and Command 3M Velcro.


The final step was to put it all together. Start with insulation board, then polyfill on top, and then your fabric on top. The fabric that I chose is a neutral leopard print. When I gave the gentleman the amount of fabric I needed, I made a mistake with the calculation, and ended up with too little fabric for the sides. My solution was to cut excess fabric from the top and sew it to the sides fixing my issue and actually giving my headboard more of a finished look. So once your fabric is on top of the polyfill, start to use the T-pins to upholster the fabric around and make sure to pin the fabric taughtly to the insulation board.


What I like about these materials is that you’ve got a product that is so lightweight. I have moved several times and this has got to be the easiest thing to move. I used the Command 3M Velcro to hang the headboard on the wall, thus no legs, no holes in the wall. It’s that easy.

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