The Marilyn Denis Show | DIY Headboards

DIY Headboards

Andrea Ford


Lee Valley Tools,43456,57657,41306,41324&ap=1,42207,42216

Andrea's Headboard Instructions
Nailed Trim Head Board


  • 1 4’x8’ ¾” plywood sheet, cut into 2 pcs 34x48”
  • Fabric: solid print that can be placed horizontal 2 ¼yds, min 54” wide
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Spray glue
  • 1” foam
  • Polyester batting
  • Nailhead trim and matching nails: at least 5yds for single border *Lee Valley
  • Small hammer or upholstery hammer
  • Hand staple gun
  • Staples
  • Dust covering
  • 4 flushmounts and ½” wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wire cutters
  • To keep handy: staple remover, bent nose pliers
  • Safety glasses + work gloves
  • (Metal support brackets x 5)
  • (1x3” strapping)
  • (No.10 biscuits + biscuit joiner)

Finished sizes – allow for the extra fullness of bedding
Twin 42w” x 48h”
Double 58w x 48h
Queen 68w x 48h
King 78w x 48h

Shopping: Have ¾” plywood sheet cut at store: 2 pcs 34x48. Keep the off-cut.


  1. Build plywood frame by joining halves together. (see examples) Tip: A glued and clamped join in wood is stronger than the wood itself*
  2. Frame composition: biscuit joined with glue and strapping, glue with strapping, metal brackets


  1. Mark out a border around the sides and top edge for trim: 2-4” preferred
  2. Spray glue on frame and a bit on foam. Let dry 10sec and stick together. *foam could be ordered exactly to size or we can cut out the border on air*
  3. Line up top and side edges of foam with border line. Glue foam to frame + trim excess
  4. Spray glue to top of foam
  5. Glue poly batting, pressing the top and side edges to plywood border
  6. Staple batting sparingly to keep in place
  7. Lay fabric and straighten. Stretch out any wrinkles, spray with water or wrinkle releaser instead of ironing (sizing or print could burn). Can tack in place with upholstery tacks or pin fabric to foam to keep from moving while stapling back.
  8. Stretch fabric over edges and staple in place. Use left hand/arm to smooth fabric to staple point and reduce divets. Start at the top center, work out about ½ way to corners and move to opposite edge. Repeat for sides, leaving corners loose.
  9. Fold corner fabric over top and bottom like hospital corners. Trim any excess fabric. Staple in place to lay fabric flat.
  10. Outline foam border with pins or feel with fingers.
  11. Start nailhead trim on bottom corner and work around the edge of the foam border. Tack every 5th nail with a small hammer or upholstery hammer.
  12. Continue along border, stretching and bending the trim along corners.
  13. At the opposite bottom corner of headboard, bend and break the trim off or cut with wirecutters.
  14. Finishing
  15. Cover back with dustcover and staple in place ½-1” from edges of frame.
  16. Mark hanger placement evenly on back at least 16” from center, preferably along strappings. 2 kinds of hangers: keyhole brackets or flushmounts.
  17. Hang on wall along studs or with drywall anchors.