On Wednesday I gave you a little peek at my 14 year old daughters new silver and white glam bedroom makeover. To refresh your memory, my oldest son moved away for college, and my daughter has spent the past year scheming up a design plan for her new room. It's a HUGE change from the teenage boys room full of flags and random things my son collected into this amazingly beautiful grown-up glam girls bedroom.
Tufted Upholstered Headboard Tutorial
Drawing of design
Foam 2 inches thick
Metal pipe (size of buttons)
First, we drew straight lines across where the buttons would lay and put dots where we would drill the holes for them. Then we used a protractor to make the curves. Who knew you would use a protractor outside of math class? Next we used a can as a guide to curve the corners that were sharp.
After we drew the lines, we cut around the edge of the overall shape with a saber saw.
Then, we sanded down the rough edges with a sandpaper block.
Next, we drilled all the way through the plywood where we put the dots for the buttons. This made it easier for us to make the tufting for the headboard when it came to that step.
We used a high density foam that was 2" thick. Since the headboard was 27" high, we needed enough foam to cover that. Proper measurements will be key to help you purchase the right size supplies for your project.
We then placed the foam over the plywood and cut it, leaving 1/2 inch of excess foam. After the foam was cut, we sprayed the back of the plywood and the foam with spray adhesive and pressed them together. It is okay if it is only barely sticky because the fabric will hold it in place. The extra foam is there so that it can roll over the top and make a smooth edge.
Here is what it looked like after the holes were drilled.
Now you can start the tufting. First make the buttons by covering them with the fabric. You can buy a kit here. Then make sure that you have enough fabric on either side of the headboard so that there will be enough after you tuft it. For our full size headboard I got 2.5 yards of upholstery fabric that was 54" wide. We left around one and a half feet of fabric on each side.
To make the tufts we started in the center and worked our way out.
We took care to fold down the fabric to create a nice crease between the tufts.
We used an upholstery needle to attach the button and used a staple gun to staple the thread in place on the back in a star shape to make sure the button and tufting was secure. Make sure you use upholstery thread because regular thread will be too thin and will break as you pull it through.
It's exactly what she wanted and it looks amazing in her new room!
I know that Isabella is really proud of the headboard she made with her grandpa and the headboard has created quite the statement piece in her new glam bedroom. It's something that intimidated me to take on as a DIY myself, but the end result is amazing!