How to Make a Tufted Headboard

Make this cute headboard in no time. It's easy. Here's how........

How to Make a Tufted Headboard
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King 3 yds fabric, 3 yds lining, 9 buttons.  Queen 2 3/4 yds fabric, 2 3/4 yds lining 7 buttons, Full 2 1/2 yds fabric, lining 7 buttons, Twin 2 yds fabric, lining 7 buttons

King 3 yds fabric, 3 yds lining, 9 buttons. Queen 2 3/4 yds fabric, 2 3/4 yds lining 7 buttons, Full 2 1/2 yds fabric, lining 7 buttons, Twin 2 yds fabric, lining 7 buttons

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Find your bed size on the chart to determine the size of your plywood and the button placement.  Using 3/8" plywood, cut to size.

Find your bed size on the chart to determine the size of your plywood and the button placement. Using 3/8" plywood, cut to size.

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Using the chart, mark the holes for buttons

Using the chart, mark the holes for buttons

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Using at least a 1/4" drill bit, drill the holes

Using at least a 1/4" drill bit, drill the holes

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Cut your 4" foam the same size as the plywood and lay it out on a flat surface.  Position the plywood on top of the foam as shown.  Spray foam adhesive on the foam and then up onto the plywood

Cut your 4" foam the same size as the plywood and lay it out on a flat surface. Position the plywood on top of the foam as shown. Spray foam adhesive on the foam and then up onto the plywood

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Carefully lay plywood squarely on top of foam, adhesive sides together. Apply pressure until the adhesive sets  Place plywood/foam face down on wrong side of fabric  Allow 12-15" of fabric overhang

Carefully lay plywood squarely on top of foam, adhesive sides together. Apply pressure until the adhesive sets Place plywood/foam face down on wrong side of fabric Allow 12-15" of fabric overhang

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Make sure everything is square, pull fabric tight. Staple once

Make sure everything is square, pull fabric tight. Staple once

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Check to make sure everything is still square. Continue stapling working your way out from the middle of each side stopping about 10 to 15" from each corner

Check to make sure everything is still square. Continue stapling working your way out from the middle of each side stopping about 10 to 15" from each corner

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Neatly square up the corners

Neatly square up the corners

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Staple in place

Staple in place

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Sort of like wrapping a gift

Sort of like wrapping a gift

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Cover your button with the fabric of your choice.  Take about 30" of tufting twine and fold in half as shown.    Fishing line or dental floss also works great for this.

Cover your button with the fabric of your choice. Take about 30" of tufting twine and fold in half as shown. Fishing line or dental floss also works great for this.

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Slide two ends of the tufting twine through the eyelet on the back of the button

Slide two ends of the tufting twine through the eyelet on the back of the button

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Loop it through and tie the knot as shown

Loop it through and tie the knot as shown

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Pull tight

Pull tight

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Depending on the depth of your foam and the indention you want in your tuft, mark the  twine on each button.  We marked ours 2" as shown

Depending on the depth of your foam and the indention you want in your tuft, mark the twine on each button. We marked ours 2" as shown

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Hold the board upright, On the back side thread the tufting needle eye through the hole, foam and fabric so the twine is easily threaded through the eye

Hold the board upright, On the back side thread the tufting needle eye through the hole, foam and fabric so the twine is easily threaded through the eye

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On the front side, thread the twine through the eye of the needle as shown (it helps to have two people for this part off the job)

On the front side, thread the twine through the eye of the needle as shown (it helps to have two people for this part off the job)

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Pull the needle back through to the back side.  Continue until all the buttons are threaded through the headboard like this.

Pull the needle back through to the back side. Continue until all the buttons are threaded through the headboard like this.

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Lay the headboard down on a flat surface with the plywood side up.  Pull the tufting twine tightly until you see the  mark on the twine.  Using the staple gun, staple the twine in place as shown

Lay the headboard down on a flat surface with the plywood side up. Pull the tufting twine tightly until you see the mark on the twine. Using the staple gun, staple the twine in place as shown

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We call the next step zigzagging the twine.  Zigzag the twine and staple as shown.   This keeps the tufting tight and it won't slip

We call the next step zigzagging the twine. Zigzag the twine and staple as shown. This keeps the tufting tight and it won't slip

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Tie a knot in the twine and trim close as shown

Tie a knot in the twine and trim close as shown

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Continue stapling and tying until you have done all the buttons

Continue stapling and tying until you have done all the buttons

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Next cut a piece of lining about 1" - 2" bigger than the headboard on all sides.  Turn under the raw edges and staple the lining all the way around the back of the headboard to cover the raw wood.

Next cut a piece of lining about 1" - 2" bigger than the headboard on all sides. Turn under the raw edges and staple the lining all the way around the back of the headboard to cover the raw wood.

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At this point you will decide if you are going to attach legs to the back of your headboard or if you are going to hang it on the wall. We are going to hang ours on the wall.

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Take the 1 x 4 and cut down the middle on a 45 degree angle as shown above.  Cut the length about 1/2 to 3/4 the width of the headboard.

Take the 1 x 4 and cut down the middle on a 45 degree angle as shown above. Cut the length about 1/2 to 3/4 the width of the headboard.

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If you don't have access to a saw for the French cleat we have found that Rubbermaid makes a headrail for their closet system that works great. Available at Home Depot and Lowes

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Measure 6" from the top of the headboard and screw the downward slant of the French cleat to the back of the board using 1-1/4" screws.  Pre-drilling the holes first prevents the board from splitting.

Measure 6" from the top of the headboard and screw the downward slant of the French cleat to the back of the board using 1-1/4" screws. Pre-drilling the holes first prevents the board from splitting.

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Cut two small pieces of board and attach them near the bottom edge of the headboard to prevent rocking.  These are called spacers

Cut two small pieces of board and attach them near the bottom edge of the headboard to prevent rocking. These are called spacers

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If you are using your headboard in a dorm where you can't hang it on the wall, you will need legs. Determine the height you want your headboard to hang.

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Cut 2 legs out of 1x4s - 24" long plus the height you want the bottom of your headboard off the floor.

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Mark the legs where you want the headboard to stop. If you want your bed 24" off the ground then make a mark on both legs at 24".

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Space the legs 6" in from the sides of the headboard. Align the lines you marked for the headboard to sit off the floor. Pre-drill 4 or 4 holes then screw the legs into the back of the headboard.

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At the desired height, screw the upward slant of the French cleat to the wall (or the Rubbermaid headrail), making sure you hit a stud. Hang the headboard.

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You're done!

You're done!

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