Finishing the upholstered headboard

Use a cardboard tack strip to hold the bottom of the lining fabric in placePull the lining toward the top and pin in placeMark a line to the shape about 3/4″ in from the edgeCut off the excessStaple every couple of inchesUse fringe adhesive to glue on the scroll gimpFinished back sideThe completed headboard

   Now that we have built the frame, glued on the 2″ foam, covered the foam with batting and upholstered the headboard with muslin we can apply the finish fabric.  The fabric is first pinned in place and stretched tight so we can take a look to see if it is positioned properly before we begin stapling to the back side.  After the fabric is stapled in place we cover the legs with pieces that match the pattern.  Then with the face completely finished we flip the headboard over and apply lining fabric to the back.  I like to use an ultrasuede lining because you can’t see any of the knots in the plywood through it.  We start at the bottom of the back side and use a cardboard tack strip to hold the lining in place.  Then we pull the lining toward the top of the headboard, use pins to stretch it tight and then fasten it in place with staples every two inches or so.  The shape of the top is marked on the lining fabric by running a finger along the edge while holding a pen or pencil to make a mark about 3/4″ in from the shaped edge.  After the excess has been cut off we staple the top shaped edge of the lining fabric in place and then glue a piece of scroll gimp over the raw edge.  I like to use ‘Fringe Adhesive’ from R.W. Rowley because it has a nice, thick consistency and holds the gimp in place very well.  So that’s it.  Our headboard is done and someone can enjoy a good night’s sleep in a beautiful bed.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank-you for the ONLY truly professional how-to on creating professional headboards! I greatly appreciate your detailed instructions & photos. However, installing the finished headboard was not covered. Do you attach it to the wall, & if so, how.
    Thank-you,
    Jan Dempsey
    503.706.6358

  2. Hi Jan, If there are legs on the headboard you can simply drill holes in them that match the holes in the bedframe and then bolt the legs to the frame. Usually the mattress and box spring are enough to hold the board agains the wall. If there are no legs you can cut a 1″x4″ or 1″x6″ board at a 45 degree angle in the center of the board lengthwise. Attach one half of the board to the back of the headboard and the other half of the board to the wall. Then you just hang the headboard on the wall. Burt

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