How to make your own headboard

by Émilie Ouellet


Looking for a unique, low cost headboard? Why not make one yourself? Follow this simple tutorial to add some personality to your decor.

Here’s what you need for this project:

  • A plywood or pressed wood panel to use as a support for your headboard (adapt the headboard measurements to the size of your bed frame)
  • Scissor
  • Stapler
  • A roll of white cotton/polyester batting
  • The fabric of your choice (we chose a brown suede fabric for the look we want)

1. Cut the panel to the size you want – just use the bed frame to figure out the width. What about the height? That depends on the look you want. To add a touch of “wow,” we suggest you go for a tall – more imposing – headboard.

2. Unroll the cotton onto the board, leaving a little extra on all four sides. Put down several layers for a more comfortable headboard.

3. Staple the cotton to the wood panel.

4. Spread the fabric over the cotton and cut off the excess on each side, leaving 2-3” (5‑8 cm) all around.

5. Staple the fabric to the back of the panel. When you get to the corners, wrap it tightly around – just as you would for a gift.

6. Attach the headboard to the wall.

To create this decor:



Happy DIY!