Making a Bed Head From MDF & Foam

Updated February 21, 2017

A bed head, or headboard as it is commonly known, can take your bedroom decor from bland to polished. You can create a custom headboard in an hour or two using medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and foam batting. All you'll need is a few additional materials from your local craft and hardware stores. Designing and building your own headboard lets you customise it with colours and patterns that complement or accent your existing room decor.

Measure the width of the bed. Since you want the headboard to stand out from the look of the bed, add an additional two to four inches to each side so that the measurement will be wider than the bed.

Visit your local home improvement store to purchase the MDF. Get the board pre-cut by providing your measurements to the store employee. Purchase the foam batting and fabric of your choice at your local fabric or craft store. When cutting the batting or fabric to size, be sure to cut three to four inches extra in length and width to accommodate folding over.

Lay out the foam batting on a flat surface. Apply foam-safe glue on one side of the MDF. then place it glue-side down onto the flattened batting. Fold over the excess batting to the exposed side of the MDF and secure in place with a staple gun.

Lay out your fabric on a flat surface with the right side facing down. Place the batting-covered MDF board onto the fabric and fold over the excess, securing the folds in place with a staple gun.

Mark and drill holes into the upper left and right corners of the headboard. Follow by drilling holes into the wall an equal distance apart where you wish to hang the board. Use a level to make sure mounting brackets will be installed evenly across.

Attach the mounting brackets to the headboard as well as the wall. Secure the board to the wall and dress the bed with desired bedding.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pre-cut MDF board
  • Foam batting
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Foam-safe glue
  • Staple gun
  • Mounting brackets
  • Cordless drill
  • Level
  • Screws
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