How to hang an upholstered headboard with flush mounts

Updated March 23, 2017

Headboards add style, colour and interest to your bedroom. Upholstered headboards can be customised to match your bedding or paint colour. Upholstered headboards can also be redone with little expense whenever you change the look of your bedroom. Hanging a headboard with flush mounts helps save space in a small room, and makes the headboard removable for cleaning, recovering or painting.

Measure the width and height of the headboard and write the measurements down.

Measure up to the height measurement from the top of the left and right sides of the mattress on the left and right, make a mark on the wall with a pencil to indicate the height of the headboard.

Draw a straight line connecting the two marks with a level.

Divide the height measurement in half and draw a line at this measurement on the wall connecting the left and right lines, this will be the middle line.

Use a stud finder to locate two studs in the wall in between the marks. Studs are typically placed every 16 inches. Mark the two studs 4 inches down from the top line and along the middle line on the wall.

Use a drill and wood screws to attach one flush mount piece, even with the marks made on the wall indicating the studs, with the ledge or male piece of the mount pointing up.

Use measuring tape to measure and transfer the location of the mounts on the wall to the back of the headboard.

Attach the other piece of the flush mount to the headboard using 1/2-inch wood screws at each of the marks you transferred. Make sure the female end of the mount is pointing down.

Slide the headboard onto the mounts on the wall and test to make sure the headboard is secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Level
  • Calculator
  • Stud finder
  • Flush mounts
  • 1-inch wood screws, 8
  • Drill
  • 5 1/2-inch screws, 8
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