Large wall-mounted headboard

Create a dramatic focal point in your bedroom with a custom, upholstered headboard that extends to the ceiling. Having already decided on making something inspiring and beautiful, Janell Beals shows us how to make a dramatic headboard.


5.5 metres of 1.5 metre wide fabric
5.5 metres of 2 metre wide batting
(4) 600mm x 2 metres x 50mm thick high density foam
1 sheets 12mm plywood
6 of 20 x 100mm lengths of pine
Upholstery nails (approximately 800 nails)
30mm wood screws
Drill/Driver and assorted drill and screw bits
staple gun and upholstery staples
sewing machine and sewing accessories
Fabric scissors
Fabric glue
Fabric pen
No More Nails adhesive* (see note at bottom of page)
tape measure






1. Measure from top edge of skirting board to ceiling to determine headboard height. Add 30cm to this measurement to determine length to cut fabric panels. Cut two equal lengths from fabric.

2. Stack fabric panels with right sides together and pin side seams, making sure to align pattern if using a printed fabric. Sew down entire edge of fabric on both sides, creating a long sleeve.

3. Measure and mark center of one length of fabric, then cut, creating two side panels. Iron seams open on backside of fabric.

4. Using headboard dimensions, cut plywood and 20x100mm boards to size. Position plywood to create headboard size then attach four 20x100mm boards along plywood edges with screws to create outer frame.

5. Trim four sheets of foam to fit snugly within headboard frame.

6. Spread two layers of batting over foam and frame leaving at least 5cm excess on all sides.

7. Centre fabric panel over batting and frame with at least 10cm excess extending beyond all sides. Adjust fabric placement to ensure pattern is equal on left and right sides of frame.

8. Tuck fabric and batting firmly under headboard frame along all sides to hold in place.

9. Secure fabric to headboard by hammering nail head trim through fabric into frame every six inches.

As you hammer, make sure to keep fabric taut.

To create a placement guide for the nail heads, draw a straight line with fabric marker. Continue adding nail heads until border around entire frame is created.

10. Pull excess fabric out from under frame.

11. Apply fabric glue along top and side edges of wood frame. Press fabric firmly onto glue and tuck under frame. Allow to dry for at least one hour.

12.Fold under excess fabric at each corner to create a clean corner. Hammer nail head trim along top of fold to secure.

13. Staple fabric to top and bottom edges of headboard.

Note: Do not staple side edges which will be visible after installation.

14. Flip frame over then trim off excess fabric and batting from edges and corners. Fold fabric over back of frame and securely staple.

Attach to wall
Apply No More Nails adhesive to back of headboard frame. Position headboard against wall and press in place. Firmly brace headboard against wall using two boards and a sheet of plywood. Let glue set 48 hours before replacing bed.

Note from Editor: Although No More Nails has been used in this project, I would recommend that you fit keyhole brackets to the back of the board and mount these onto wall plugs and screws inserted into the wall.