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Bed Headboard Upholstered


Looking to give your bedroom a makeover? A small change you can do to spice up your space is bed headboard upholstery. An upholstered headboard refers to covering your wooden bed frame with foam, soft batting and upholstery fabric. As the headboard is often the focus of the bed, upholstering it gives your old bed a new, modern and unique appearance. A fresh and customized look could help with a good night’s sleep too!


How to upholster a bed headboard

To upholster your bed headboard, you can engage a bed headboard upholstery service. Here’s how they’ll help you:

Step 1: Disassemble headboard

If you’re refurbishing your headboard, the professional will first deconstruct your old headboard by using a screwdriver to separate the headboard, side rails and footboard.

For those who do not have an existing headboard, the upholsterer can create one for you using plywood.

Step 2: Cover with upholstery foam 

Next, upholstery foam will be placed over pieces of your headboard. And, the foam will be cut according to the shape of your furniture.

The foam will then be attached to your furniture using a double-sided carpet tape, with all edges properly secured. The foam should not be placed over screw holes or on top of joints that will be connected to other pieces.

Step 3: Wrap and attach batting

Each piece will then be wrapped in batting – a layer that gives your furniture soft edges and a cushiony touch. Using spray adhesive and staples, the professional will secure the batting to the pieces by spraying glue on the batting and carefully pressing them together. This will be done until the entire surface is covered.

Excess batting will be wrapped around the back of the headboard and secured in place using a staple gun.

Step 4: Wrap with fabric

Now, it’s time to wrap the fabric over your headboard. With the fabric held tautly over the headboard, a staple gun will be used to secure the fabric over the batting. It should be stapled close to the edge, with each staple about 3 to 5 inches apart.

When the fabric is stapled in position, the professional will check for any lumpy areas of your fabric. If there are any loose edges, they will be stapled down to ensure it looks tidy and excess fabric will be cut off. Fabric fuse glue may also be used to prevent fraying.

Step 5: Add tufted buttons

Let your upholsterer know if you’d like to add tufting to your headboard. You can choose to space your buttons in a line or in a diamond pattern.

To add tufting, a tape measure and ruler will be needed to mark out where you would like the buttons to be positioned. It is important to get the measurements right here – each button should be placed apart at equal distances.

The professional upholsterer will then drill holes through the headboard where the buttons should be, while consistently applying pressure to ensure that the fabric does not get caught in the drill and tear.

Afterwards, a tufting needle will be threaded through the drill holes created. The thread will be stapled in place about 3 times with a staple gun. This will be repeated for all buttons and boards.


Bed headboard upholstery material

To choose the right upholstery material for your headboard, it’s important to understand the benefits of the most commonly used fabrics.

  1. Natural fabrics
    Natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen, have a tight weave which makes the fabric more long-lasting. They are soft, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns which gives you more options. Do note that they are prone to stains, so you may want to apply a fabric or stain protector.


  1. Synthetic fabrics
    Polyester and chenille are synthetic fabrics commonly used for headboard upholstery. Besides being more durable than natural fabrics, they are also highly resistant to most stains and fading, though stubborn oily stains may be absorbed instead.


  1. Velvet
    Made of nylon, cotton and silk fibers, the soft texture of velvet fabrics makes it suitable and comfortable for a back support. The luxurious-looking fabric also has a very thick and tight weave, which makes it strong and durable.


  1. Leather
    Leather is not only extremely durable, but it’s also easy to maintain. Stains can be easily cleaned with light dusting and a wet cloth, and it does not absorb smells and odors too. Some downsides to leather are that it’s costly and its color options are limited. It may also be prone to scratches.


  1. Synthetic leather
    Made of PVC, synthetic leather provides a leather-like finish as well, but at a more affordable cost. The material is also durable, waterproof and resistant to fading from exposure to UV rays. However, the top layer may crack or wrinkle over time.


Reupholster headboard ideas

As upholstery fabrics come in a range of colors, patterns and styles, you can give your headboard all sorts of unique looks. You can spruce it up by creating a palette or a corner headboard too!

  1. Classic black and white
    For a simple yet sleek and modern style, go for fabrics that are midnight black, creamy white, or a combination of both. These two classic colors easily fit into any bedroom styles and designs, and can give your room a sophisticated and smart look. You might also want to have tufted bits for a more classy style. Other timeless solid colors you can consider include camel brown, charcoal grey and dark blue.


  1. Pattern and prints
    Add personality to your room with prints and patterns that make your fabric headboard uniquely yours. With a range of prints to choose from, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
    From feminine floral patterns to bold funky prints, choose a pattern that best speaks to you, suits the mood of your room and brings vibrancy to your space. It could be minimalistic stripes, pastel-colored floral prints, or loud and colorful spirals and waves.


  1. Wooden palettes
    Instead of covering the entire headboard with one fabric, consider mixing things up by getting wooden pallets or panels, and covering each panel with fabrics of different colors and patterns. This creates a one-of-a-kind palette design – just make sure that the colors and patterns complement each other well!


  1. Corner headboards
    To make your bed seem like a comfy daybed, you can make a corner headboard too. All you need is two sheets of medium-thick plywood that match the width of the top of your bed as well as the usual upholstery materials, such as foam and fabric. They can then be secured to the wall with screws near the bottom or with French cleats.


For more reupholster headboard ideas, Pinterest is a treasure trove for inspiration. Simply find the designs and styles you like, consult them with your upholsterer, and work together to create a bed headboard of your dreams!

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