Ideas Magazine asked me to make this headboard for their gorgeous July/August issue, and when you get the chance to make something beautiful, you have to grab the opportunity! This is not my first headboard, and it’s certainly not my last! I love headboards. Aside from providing a beautiful focal point in your room, they are super practical – especially if you like reading in bed. This one looks fantastic and costs much less than the store-bought version. And don’t be afraid to tackle this project – it is surprisingly easy to make!
Here’s how to make your very own diamond tufted headboard!
To make a ¾ bed headboard, you will need:
- Wooden base for the headboard – we used 1mx1mx19mm strand board
- 5m fabric (we used charcoal linen)
- 1m batting
- 18x 22m coverable buttons
- Thick thread (we used crochet thread)
- Mattress needle
- Staple gun & staples
- Spray adhesive
- 1mx1mx75mm thick foam
- 1x Pine PAR 22x44mm x 2.4m batten, cut into 2x 1.2m lengths
- 4x 3mmx32mm chipboard screws
- 1m cotton lining
You will also need:
- Headboard Template
- Carpenter’s Pencil
- 22mm hole saw drill bit
- Electric Carving Knife
- Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
- Measuring Tape
- Straight Edge
Use the template to cut the curve at the top of the wooden base. Then give the edges a quick sanding to make sure that there aren’t any rough areas.
Draw a grid of 10x20cm on both the foam and the wooden base. Then carefully mark the position of the buttons using the marker.
Use the hole saw drill bit to cut the holes into the foam only. Place a piece of sacrificial wood underneath to protect your work surface!
Fix the foam to the wooden base using the spray adhesive. Ensure that everything is perfectly straight and allow to dry.
Using the curved edge of the wooden base as a guide, cut the foam to the same shape with the electric carving knife.
Placing the 3mm drill in the middle of each foam hole, drill a hole through the wooden base. This is where each button will be threaded through.
Cover the foam with the batting, securing it at the back with the staple gun. Then cut away any excess batting afterwards.
Cut a small cross into the batting where it covers each foam hole. You should be able to easily see the small hole in the wood once you’ve done this.
Lay the fabric over the batting, making sure that the centre of the fabric is in the centre of the headboard.
Cover the buttons with fabric and attach a 40cm piece of thread to each button. Make a double knot at the back to make sure that they’re secure. A 2-litre milk bottle cap makes the perfect fabric template for a 22mm button!
Using the mattress needle, thread the buttons through the fabric, batting, foam and wood. It is easiest to do this if you place the headboard upright on the floor so that you can catch the needle at the back.
Wind the thread at the back around a screwdriver and pull until you’re happy with the depth of the button on the front of the headboard. Then use the staple gun to secure the thread by stapling it to the wood in a zig-zag pattern.
Tuck the pleats between the buttons as you go, making sure that they’re all facing in the same direction. Once all the buttons are in place, use the staple gun to secure the edges of the fabric at the back.
Measure the height of the bed and secure the legs to the back of the headboard accordingly. Ideally, the lower edge of the upholstery should sit just above the top of the mattress.
Staple the cotton lining to the back to finish off your headboard, tucking in the edges.
I hope you love your headboard as much as I love mine!