How to cover a headboard with fabric

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Revamping a headboard is a great way to add a new touch to a bedroom without having to do much or spend much. Wooden headboards can be repainted, or given a new life as a fabric-covered headboard. Covering your headboard with fabric is much cheaper than buying an upholstered headboard, and has the advantage of being customisable to suit your decor and specific design needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Batting (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay out the fabric and iron it thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric flat on the ground, right side down, with the batting over the top, if you are using batting. If you are covering a wooden headboard, then batting is a good idea to give some cushion to the board.

  3. 3

    Lay the headboard on top of the fabric and optional batting, then cut the fabric around 5 inches wider than the headboard. If the headboard is more than 2 inches thick, give an extra couple of inches to the fabric, so there is enough to pull up and over the sides easily.

  4. 4

    Leave a flap of fabric around 3 inches long around any legs that the headboard has. If it is a simple rectangular headboard, then leave out the flaps.

  5. 5

    Align the headboard with any design on the fabric, so the design is centred and straight. Pull the fabric and optional batting up the centre side of the headboard, and over onto the back, and staple once. Repeat this on the opposite side, then on each of the other two sides.

  6. 6

    Before continuing to staple the fabric onto the back of the headboard, turn the headboard over to make sure the fabric is sitting right. If you need to adjust the fabric, take out the four staples and redo until the fabric is sitting as you want it.

  7. 7

    Alternate stapling on different sides of the headboard, so an even pull is achieved on the fabric.

  8. 8

    Turn the fabric tabs under at the ends to make a nice edge, and pull them around the sides of any legs. Staple the tabs on the back of the legs.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you leave any screw holes or connecting mechanisms free, so you can reattach your headboard to the bed frame.

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