Tuesday, August 18, 2009

How to make a fabric headboard

I love making headboards upholstered in fabric. These headboards are in a house in Palm Beach that I did last summer. You can make them tailored, feminine or fun and funky depending on the fabric and the shape.

  1. Once you have chosen your fabric you can decide on the shape and height. I always make them 2" wider than the mattress.
  2. Get plywood and cut out the shape you want.
  3. Cover it with 1" foam and then a layer of batting.
  4. Start in the center at the top and staple.
  5. Work your way to the outer edges stretching as you go.
  6. Go to the bottom and pull tight and staple, work your way out to the sides.
  7. Repeat the same for each side.
  8. Make your self welt by cutting fabric strips on the bias. Then attach another 3" bias strip so you can wrap that around the back.
  9. Cover the back with lining and gimp.
  10. Attach to the wall with a french cleat or have legs on the headboard and attach to the metal frame.


Maria Killam said...

Well I will leave the uphostered headboards to the professionals like yourself but thanks for sharing with us!

Design Esquire said...

Those are stunning! I love them.

AB HOME Interiors said...

These are awesome. I love the first one. I dont know how far you are from Nashville, but I just may need to order a headboard from you! Maybe even some pillows!

AB HOME Interiors said...

I meant to ask you; What is the name of your company?

Tammy Tant said...

It's BG Custom Windows in Cary, NC.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

They are wonderful, are they in the same house? I like the first one best.

Tammy Tant said...

Yes, they are all in the same house in Palm Beach. The first one is the master and the rest are guest rooms.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I am always drawn to a green room. My living room is green. I would love to see that powder room of yours, don't let me miss it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are gorgeous, Tammy! That first one's shape looks amazing!

David James said...

Those are stunning! I love them.
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