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How to create a bed headboard with pillows

Updated February 21, 2017

While a headboard is not a necessity, it can make a bed look complete and put the finishing touch on the entire bedroom. Headboards made from wood or metal can be prohibitively expensive and may not fit the style you want for the room. Upholstered headboards look nice but can be a difficult project. Even the beginning DIYer, however, can make a headboard from pillows. Purchase throw pillows on clearance at a home store for an inexpensive headboard.

Measure the width and height of the area where you want the headboard. Convert each measurement to inches, then divide each by the width or height of your square pillows to find how many you will need, both across and down. Use a straightedge and pencil to draw a grid of horizontal and vertical guidelines for placing your rows and columns of pillows against the wall.

Begin with the outside edges of the headboard. Line up the top edge of the first pillow with the top line of the headboard. Line up the left edge with the left line. Push pushpins through the pillow at all four corners and into the wall behind to keep the pillow in place.

Continue placing pillows across the top of the grid you sketched in step 1, down both sides and along the bottom. Fill in the centre of the headboard with the rest of the pillows, working in both directions. Place a level along the top row of pillows as you go to ensure they are as straight as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Straightedge
  • Pencil
  • Square throw pillows
  • Pushpins
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About the Author

Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.