By Renae Frey

How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard

How do you upholster an existing headboard? I will show you step by step directions to easily reupholster a headboard, done in an afternoon.

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Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. I always enjoy our time together. Do you ever have a great piece of furniture, but it’s just not your style? Do you ever stay awake all night reimaging it? I sure do. By the time that I get up in the morning, I have all of the details all worked out. I don’t get much sleep, but I come up with so many great ideas during the night. I had a wonderful headboard, but it just didn’t fit into the style that I was going for in my bedroom. Today, I am showing you How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard. Come on, I’ll show you.

Gorgeous french country bedding
How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard

Doesn’t this look so restful? I absolutely love it. It makes my heart so happy every time that I walk into the bedroom.

How do you upholster an existing headboard

The “Before”

Isn’t this a beautiful headboard? I love the arched shape. I love that it is upholstered and I love the nail heads. BUT, not enough to keep it that way. I know that some of you are going to think that I am crazy to mess with it. I am huge fan of French Country anything. I love the subtle colors. I love toile. So, I decided to reupholster the headboard-more of a slipcover, really. But it is fitted and stapled to the headboard. I just couldn’t be happier.

headboard with nail heads How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard

I started by taping some craft paper to the wall behind the headboard and drew an outline of the headboard. I used this for my template.

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How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard

My bed is a king size bed. They don’t make fabric wide enough to fit all the way across a king size bed, so I took two lengths of fabric, matched the pattern and sewed them together and pressed the seam.

fabric laid out to be cut

I laid out my fabric placed the template on it, pinned it and cut it out. I cut one of the main fabric and one from the lining. I also cut a 2 1/2″ strip of the main fabric-this will be sewn between the front and back pieces of the slipcover, because the headboard is 2″ deep.

I sewed the front piece to the strip, clipped my seam so that the fabric would lay smoothly around the curved edge of the headboard. Then I sewed the back piece of fabric to the strip-making sure to line up my center points. This is essential to have the top of the arch in the same spot. I pressed and clipped this seam as well.

I then stapled the fabric to the headboard. Please be sure to watch the YouTube video for how I did this.

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hemmed fabric on ironing board

I also made a duct ruffle. Normally, I would have lined it, but I was at the lake and lining isn’t easy to come by, so I just folded over the edges and sewed a seam. I stapled it directly to the inside of the bed frame. Again, you can see the tutorial in the video.

The Amazing Reveal

upholstered headboard diy
How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard

I absolutely love how this turned out. It was quick and easy-I did it in an afternoon. It really was an easy DIY transformation. Covering an existing headboard with fabric is an amazing way to change up your headboard without costing a lot of money. The ideas are endless.

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17 thoughts on “How to Easily Reupholster a Headboard”

  1. Anna Tang

    Beautiful job! Love the fabric choice! Lol- if we didn’t have a cat who would turn it into shreds I would absolutely do an upholstered bed frame.

  2. It turned out lovely Renae!
    I love that washed linen fabric. That pattern has been a favorite of mine for a bit now — especially those colors!

  3. Your headboard is so beautiful. I could identify it as your style anywhere.

  4. Thanks for sharing this; we need a headboard like this in our spare bedroom!

  5. I love your “new” headboard it is perfect for spring.
    Happy Spring,
    Kippi

  6. Lynn

    What a transformation! It looks so good my friend. You are one busy lady –

  7. The headboard turned out amazing Renae! It looks so elegant and restful 🙂

  8. Such a great idea. I just love the fabric you chose! I’m always a sucker for repeating patterns in a room, so I love that you have pillows too. The finished result is simply stunning 🙂

  9. What a beautiful project! Love the fabric you picked out! Thank you for sharing all the details on how to do this! Your projects are always so inspiring!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. I absolutely love how it turned out. Hugs to you.

  10. It looks wonderful! I love the fabric you chose and the coordinating pillows and bed skirt! You are so creative! Donna

  11. I love the fabric you chose –looks great! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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