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How to recover headboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Upholstered headboards bring comfort and style to any bedroom. You can easily recover an outdated or damaged headboard with fresh fabric and batting to give your bedroom a completely different look. This simple do-it-yourself project will only take an hour or so to finish.

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  1. Remove the existing fabric from the headboard. If the fabric is stapled onto the wooden headboard, use an industrial staple remover to take out the staples and release the fabric. You may also be able to cut away the fabric and the batting with scissors.

  2. Reuse the old batting, if it's in good condition. If not, cut a section of batting and a section of fabric that will fit over the face and the sides of the headboard. Both materials should fold over the back of the headboard between 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches).

  3. Lay the fabric face down on a flat surface. Place the batting on top of the fabric so that the edges are flush.

  4. Apply spray adhesive to the face of the headboard. Centre the headboard on top of the batting. The spray adhesive is not absolutely necessary, but it helps keep the batting in place as you are recovering the headboard. Let the adhesive dry.

  5. Beginning in the centre of the top edge of the headboard, pull the batting up over the edge and onto the back of the headboard. Staple it in place with staples every 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches). Work your way around the perimeter of the headboard, pulling the batting over the edge and stapling it. Smooth the batting along the edge as you go. When you get to a corner, fold the batting as if you were wrapping a gift and staple it in place. Once the batting is secure, repeat the process with the fabric, adding staples every 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches).

  6. Glue a strip of piping or other decorative trim around the perimeter of the headboard with a glue gun.

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Things You'll Need

  • Staple remover
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Piping
  • Glue gun

About the Author

Katherine Kally

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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