DIY Faux Tufted Headboard

This week I’ve been working hard on my sons’ shared bedroom makeover.  Specifically I have been tackling their beds, one of which needed repair and both which needed some serious updating.  When deciding on how to update their beds I was inspired by the idea of a gray tufted upholstered headboard.


56" Deconstructed Chesterfield Sleigh Bed With Footboard

via Restoration Hardware

There is something so masculine and handsome about it.  I felt like something similar to this would really help the boys’ room feel more distinguished and sophisticated.  Of course, buying this one was out of the question!  The above bed runs between $2,000 and $2,600.

After reading Jen’s upholstered headboard tutorial  from Tatertots and Jello I decided to give the DIY a try and put my own twist on it!  I’m so glad I did!

Below is how my boys’ gray tufted (actually faux tufted) headboard turned out.

headboard full shot

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Would you believe it if I told you that two twin size headboards only cost me around $40 to make?  That’s only $20 per headboard!!  I love both the price and the look of this DIY!

Below is a full step by step process of how to make these headboards as well as a faux tufting trick I learned along the way!!!  You can do this!

Supplies– (1) 4×8 ft piece of plywood-  I got mine at Lowes for $7.35.   It was actually in a pile just outside the lumber door.  Most of the plywood this size is more expensive.  If you can’t find it ask a worker to show you where the plywood is that is under $10.

Full size Foam Mattress pad-  I got mine at Jo Ann’s for $22 (it was %50 off).

1-2 yards of fabric depending on the height you want your headboard to be.  I got my fabric at $5 a yard.

A Staple Gun

A jigsaw

Several buttons-  I already had my buttons from a large assortment pack I bought years ago.

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foam attached to headboard

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extra fabric added to headboard

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foam and fabric button

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You can either prop the headboard up behind the bed if it’s the right height or you can use D-ring hooks and screws (into studs or anchors) to hang the headboard on the wall at the desired height.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  I know I could have probably figured out how to tuft the headboard with a needle and thread and drilling holes in the back of the headboard but this method got me the same result with less hassle!

I hope you have a great weekend!  Any big plans???

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Faux tufted Headboard

26 thoughts on “DIY Faux Tufted Headboard

  1. Lyndsay @ The Happy Chateau

    Great job! I love the fabric you chose– you’ll be able to work with it as you change the room’s decor over the upcoming years. I’m working on a faux tufting project this week myself (coffee table to ottoman). I hadn’t thought to just use my stapler to make the tufts. I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. VintageBeachgirl

    WOW, that’s so much easier than any Tutes I’ve seen. I’m a fan of faux tufting from now forward, thanks so much for a great idea and to the point tutorial. Btw, the photo your son took shows promise

  3. mattison

    This is INCREDIBLE! Every tufted project I’ve thought about and dismissed suddenly seems so much simpler. I’m also seriously wondering if would be possible to knock off the Restoration bed by using your faux-tuft trick directly on an existing sleigh bed- thank you SO much for this fantastic tutorial!

    1. Tamara Post author

      You’re so welcome!! 🙂 I think it could work on an existing sleigh bed, at least I don’t see why not. I didn’t worry about trying this method out on the DIY headboards because they only cost me $20 each to make. If you tried it out on your sleigh bed you would have to be okay with the risk of it not working out. It could look super cool though! I would love to hear what you end up doing!! 🙂

      1. Meredith

        Your headboard looks great and easy to do(the best part). Do you have any idea how they did the sleigh bed? Do you think they put the fabric on an existing sleigh bed or what? I want to make the exact bed from the picture. Have you ever made a foot board or the sides? Any chance you would email me so I could ask you a few more questions?

  4. karen

    I’d be worried about off-gassing of chemicals from the processed wood and the foam. The kids are breathing that all night while they sleep, and though you may or may not see immediate effects like an asthma flare-up, it will increase their later risk of cancer. It would cost more, but you can use materials that are better for their health and make it just as attractive.

  5. Meg

    I am wondering about how secure the buttons are as well. You mentioned the kiddos don’t touch them but have you noticed they are lose at all? I’m making tuffed sides for a cib (the outside not the part facing the baby). I would be concerned with a chocking hassard. He hasn’t even arrived yet so it will be a long time before he can search, find, and eat said button but I’m wondering if a more secure route is the best option for me. Thanks!

  6. Kathleen

    EXACTLY what I was coming on Pinterest to look for, and you were there, front and center. I was good on everything except the darn tufting, which seemed like it, in itself, was going to be a bigger project, take more time, and be a bigger pain in the — than the rest of the darn bed! You have saved me from being worried & aggravated before I even start!!! (And it looks AMAZING. Great fabric and GREAT idea about the mattress topper instead of using foam and batting). THANK YOU!

  7. Sarah

    I’m going to definitely do this! Got some grey fabric, but I’m thinking of doing it over a old canvas picture.. So cuts costs down! I also already have stapler and glue gun!

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