How to Button Tuck a Bed Headboard

Written by katherine kally
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Button tucking a bed headboard is easier than you might think. Tufted headboards are design classics, and most retailers place a high price tag on these styles. With minimum building skills and a few simple instructions, you can button tuck an existing wooden headboard in just a few hours. If you're starting from scratch, all you need is a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood cut to fit behind your bed, and you can button tuck it any way you like.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wooden headboard
  • Drill and small drill bit
  • Measuring tape
  • Padding
  • Electric knife
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Marker
  • Duct tape
  • Upholstery needle and thread
  • Buttons

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  1. 1

    Drill holes through the wooden headboard or the plywood, wherever you would like to add a button.

  2. 2

    Cut a section of 2-inch upholstery foam to fit the face of the headboard. An electric knife works well to cut the foam. You can use thinner foam if you like, but your buttons will not tuck in as much as with the 2-inch foam.

  3. 3

    Cut a section of batting and fabric to fit over the front of the headboard and to wrap four inches around the backside.

  4. 4

    Place the fabric facedown on a flat surface with the batting on top. Spray the batting with adhesive and centre the upholstery foam on top. Center the headboard or the plywood on top of the foam.

  5. 5

    Pull the fabric and the batting up over the sides of the headboard. Staple the material securely to the back of the wooden board, all the way around. If you cover any of the holes you drilled with fabric on the back, mark the hole locations with a marker. Stand the headboard up and brace it so that you can add the button tucks.

  6. 6

    Add a small strip of duct tape over each hole you drilled, unless they are already covered with fabric. The duct tape, or fabric, will keep the knots from the button tucks in place.

  7. 7

    Thread your upholstery needle and insert it through the duct tape into one of the holes on the back side of the board, all the way through the fabric on the front. Pick up a button and re-insert the needle back through the same hole. Pull the button taut and tie a triple knot on the back. Repeat this step for every hole that you drilled.

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