How to Make Foam Headboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Foam headboards add an elegant look to any bedroom. They are inexpensive to make and no special skills are required. Customise your foam headboards with upholstery-style fabric and the foam size of your choice. Even if you are a new crafter, with enough attention to detail, your foam headboard will look professionally designed.

Measure the width of your bed, then determine how high you want the headboard to be. Headboard heights vary from just above the pillows to several feet above the mattress. Measure the distance from the top of the mattress to this height. Also measure from the floor to the desired height of the headboard. This is the length for the legs of the headboard.

Have a piece of plywood board cut to your dimensions at your local hardware store. If you want a lighter headboard, you can use a wood substitute like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) instead. Also have two 2-by-4-inch pieces of wood cut to the length required for the legs.

Cut the foam to the dimensions of the headboard. If you wish to do this yourself, place the board on the foam and trace around it with a marker. Cut along the lines with an electric knife. If you wish to avoid the additional cost of an electric knife, you may have the foam cut for you at the store.

Place the 2-by-4-inch legs on the floor. Lay the plywood board on top so that there is a leg on either side. Align the top and sides of the legs with the top and sides of the board. Mark a spot 1 inch from the top of the board and 1 inch from the bottom on either side of the board. Screw the board and legs together at these spots with a drill and wood screws.

Apply glue to the front of the headboard. Place the foam on top and let the glue dry. Hot glue bonds and hardens instantly.

Cut a piece of fabric that is at least eight inches wider than the foam on all sides. Lay the fabric on the floor with wrong side up. Place the headboard on the fabric with foam-side down. The fabric should extend past the sides of the headboard by 8 inches on all sides.

Pull each edge of the fabric around to the back of the headboard, as neatly as possible, and staple the edges down. Insert the staples at 2-inch intervals.

Stand the headboard against the head of the bed. Locate the holes for bolts on the bed frame and use a pencil to mark corresponding spots on the legs of the headboard. Drill holes in these marks. Insert the bolts through the frame and into the headboard legs. Secure them with washers and nuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • MDF or plywood board
  • 2 pieces of wood, 2-by-4 inches
  • Foam, 3 inches thick
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Wood screws, 1 inch longer than the thickness of the board
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Nuts
  • Marker
  • Electric Knife
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Tina Amo has been writing business-related content since 2006. Her articles appear on various well-known websites. Amo holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in information systems.