January 1st, 2015

4 Ways to Build an Easy DIY Padded Headboard


One of the first projects I ever attempted for our home was a DIY padded headboard. My husband Tom thought I was losing my mind, but I marched us to the closest home improvement store and bought a hollow core door.

Under Tom’s (then) skeptical eye, I turned the door on it’s side, covered the front of it with quilt batting, and stapled it around to the back of the door. I did the same with a width of navy blue toile fabric. I measured and cut three lengths of picture frame molding, painted them a matching blue (like Glidden paint’s Rich Navy) and screwed them onto the tops and sides of the headboard. I attached 1″ x 4″ support legs to the bottom of the door and screwed it directly into my bed frame.

Voila! A DIY padded headboard.

Looking back at this project from nearly seven years ago, I chuckle a little bit. The headboard itself looks great! But back then, I was so scared to use color that I practically don’t even recognize this as the same bedroom I still live in today.

Luckily, this headboard got a new lease on life in the form of my talented friend Cindy’s bedroom. I love how sweet it looks in her home.

Cinsarah HeadboardPhoto via CinSarah

My design style has drastically changed over the years, but my love of a well-placed upholstered headboard has not. In the last few years, several of my blogging friends have made some incredible padded headboards, and I want to share some of them with you.

Mandi from Vintage Revivals created this fantastic tufted headboard out of a large picture frame and some fabric that she found at a consignment store. Her detailed tutorial for this gorgeous headboard can be found here.

Vintage Revivals HeadboardPhoto via Vintage Revivals

Lesley from Chaotically Creative built a padded headboard out of a baby crib! But instead of adding leg supports like I did, she installed French cleats to the wall and the back of the headboard. The hardware allows the headboard to hang on the wall without being attached to the bed frame itself. Her wonderful tutorial can be found here.


Chaotically Creative HeadboardPhoto via Chaotically Creative

Over at The Happy Housie, Krista created a DIY padded headboard for next to nothing. She essentially used the same steps that I did to make hers, but she used plywood instead of a hollow core door. Actually, her whole bedroom is extremely budget-friendly, and she details it all here.

Happy Housie HeadboardPhoto via The Happy Housie

If you still have dreams of making your own DIY padded headboard, I say just go for it! You now have several great tutorials to choose from, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating your own design.


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Categories: Bedrooms