How to Cover a Headboard for a Bed

Updated February 21, 2017

Updating a headboard to coordinate with your bedroom or rejuvenating a thrift store find is a simple craft project that anyone can do. You can cover a wooden headboard with fabric for a soft and comfortable bed decor or you can cover it with decorative tiles to give your bedroom a Victorian or a modern flair. You will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can transform a headboard and give your bedroom a completely new look.

Measure the dimensions of your headboard. Cut a section of batting and fabric to fit the dimensions, plus 10 inches. You may want to move the headboard away from the wall and move your mattress out of the way as you work to cover the headboard. Alternatively, you can remove the headboard from the bed frame to cover it, but this option is unnecessarily difficult.

Apply a generous amount of spray adhesive to the face of your headboard. The spray adhesive will keep the batting from sliding around on the wood as you work with the fabric. Wrap the batting around the front of the headboard and staple it to the back. Insert staples every one to two inches.

Wrap the fabric around the headboard and staple it to the back, the same way you stapled the batting.

Place the headboard face up on a flat surface. Clean and dry the surface of the headboard.

Layout the copper tiles on the face of the headboard. If you need to trim the tiles to fit the face of the headboard, use tin snips.

Remove the tiles and apply construction adhesive to a section of the headboard where one copper tile will fit. Press the tile into the adhesive.

Continue to cover the face of the headboard with decorative copper tiles. Let the adhesive dry.


Glue ribbon or cording around the perimeter of your fabric-covered headboard for added embellishment. Layer a section of upholstery foam on your bed's headboard before you add the batting if you prefer a padded headboard. Spray adhesive will hold the foam in place as you wrap the batting around it. Cover the headboard with mirror tiles for a modern or shabby chic style bedroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Wood cleaner
  • Decorative copper tiles
  • Construction adhesive
  • Tin snips
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.