How to Create a Wall-Mounted Headboard

Updated November 21, 2016

Headboards frame out your bed and make it the focal point of your bedroom. They can make the bed look finished and, if done correctly, more inviting and comfortable. Plush wall-mounted headboards not only add softness to your bed, they also don't shift or bump into the wall as you move in your sleep. In addition, you can create one of these headboards yourself to stay within your budget and keep your bedroom decor fresh.

Measure from the top of your mattress to the desired height of your headboard. Up to 5 feet is acceptable for a dramatic headboard. For a more subtle approach, try between 2 and 3 feet. In this example, the measurement will be approximately 4 feet. Make a mark on the wall where the end of your measuring tape hits.

Measure the width of your mattress; this is also the width of your headboard. Draw the resulting rectangle on a wooden board, and cut it out with an electric handsaw. If your mattress is 5 feet across, then your board would be 4 feet wide by 5 feet long in this example. Cut a piece of cushion foam to the same dimensions, using your handsaw; the running blade will cut more smoothly than a knife.

Sand the edges of your board lightly to remove any splinters and burrs. Spray the front of the board with spray adhesive and press the foam onto it. Really push down on the foam to make sure it sticks. Let the adhesive dry overnight.

Cut a piece of fabric approximately 1 foot wider and longer than your board and foam, or 5 feet wide and 6 feet long in this case. Choose a sturdy fabric that will wear slowly. Muslin, corduroy, denim, canvas and upholstery fabric are practical choices.

Spread the fabric out, wrong side up, on a flat surface. Center your board, foam side down, on top of the fabric. Fold the edges of the fabric tightly up around the edges of the board and staple them to the back, using a staple gun. The front and edges of the headboard should be smooth and taut.

Place a level right under the pencil mark on the wall behind your bed. Use the level to draw a straight line right across your wall. Draw a second, parallel line approximately 6 inches below the first line. The first line is where the top of your headboard should sit, and the second is where your brackets will be located.

Screw two slot brackets into your wall on the second line. Space each bracket 6 inches in from the end of the line. These brackets have a rounded piece in the centre; the rounded piece should point upward.

Screw the mates to your brackets into the back of your headboard. Space them 6 inches from the top of the headboard and 6 inches in from either edge. The rounded pieces on these brackets should point down.

Press the headboard against the wall and gently slide it down until the brackets click in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Wooden board
  • Electric handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • 1-½-inch thick cushion foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Slot brackets
  • Screws
  • Electric hand drill
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