How to attach an upholstered headboard to a wall

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Upholstered headboards are a simple and dramatic way to transform a simple mattress set into a finished bed. These inexpensive and easy to construct headboards can be shaped to fit different styles and shapes. They can be recovered quickly to transform the appearance of a room for just the cost of the fabric and a few staples. Installing the headboard is also easy to do with a few simple tools and the right hangers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Upholstered headboard
  • Level
  • Extra Thin Flush Mount Cleats
  • #6 tapered head screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Tape

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    Locate the studs in the wall where the headboard will be mounted, and mark with a pencil. Pre-measure your headboard position to ensure the correct height and level of the headboard from the floor, and mark (lightly) where the top and sides of the headboard should be when you are finished. These will act as a guide later.

  2. 2

    Screw the bottom part of the flush mount cleats to the wall so that the cleat screws penetrate the wall studs.

  3. 3

    Turn the headboard around so that the plush side is facing the wall, and lean it against the wall (using your pencil marks as a guide). Mark the location of the headboard cleats on the back side of the headboard. (Most upholstered headboards have a plywood or hardboard backing. Check that your screw will mount through the clean and well into the wood without coming out the upholstered side.)

  4. 4

    Screw the headboard cleats into position.

  5. 5

    Turn the headboard around and use the pencil side marks to help guide you as you slide the headboard down the wall. The two brackets will catch together and lock into position for a strong hold. If your headboard is very heavy, you may want to use three sets of cleats.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a variety of fasteners to mount a headboard. Select the type of cleat or fastener that best suits your particular installation and the weight of the headboard. Other fastener options include steel cleats, Z-clips and adjustable flush mounts.

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