How to make a padded headboard

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How to make a padded headboard
Adding a padded headboard can add warmth to a bedroom. (bed room image by Stephen Orsillo from Fotolia.com)

Adding a padded headboard to your bed will create a new look for your bedroom. Or, try adding a padded headboard lengthwise to a twin bed to get the look of a sofa in your bedroom or another room in your home.

Measure the length and height of the area you want the headboard to occupy. Purchase plywood based on those dimensions. Make sure the plywood is 1-inch thick.

Cut the foam padding to the same measurements. Apply the craft glue to the wood and attach the foam. Let dry 10 to 12 hours.

If you want to add more padding, roll cotton stuffing, or batting, over the foam. Carefully cover this with your chosen material and fold it under around the edges. Make sure to smooth out any lumps or bumps before moving to the next step.

Decide on a pattern before nailing. The diamond pattern is a traditional style that will remain in fashion. Take a piece of paper the same size as your headboard and draw lines on an angle with about 9 inches in between each parallel line. Then draw parallel lines at opposite angles every 9 inches. Place this sheet over your headboard and align it to the edge of the wood. Using this as a guide, hammer a nail in each spot where two lines intersect. When you are done, rip the paper off of the headboard. Use decorator tacks to cover the nails.

Flip the headboard over. Use the nail gun to secure the fabric to each corner on the back of the headboard. Use the nail gun again to secure the material between each corner. Use nails as needed.

Tip

Wall mounting is preferred. Many wall mounting products are available.

Warning

Make sure that your nails are not longer than your board is thick. Use glue in a ventilated area.

Tips and warnings

  • Wall mounting is preferred. Many wall mounting products are available.
  • Make sure that your nails are not longer than your board is thick.
  • Use glue in a ventilated area.
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