How to Attach an Upholstered Headboard to a Bedframe

Upholstered headboards can be purchased from a furniture store.
An upholstered headboard can attach directly to a bed frame.An upholstered headboard can attach directly to a bed frame.
They can also be handmade with plywood, foam and fabric. These headboards are popular in many homes because they are soft to lean against and are easily customizable. The headboards sometimes are attached directly to the wall. However, many upholstered headboards attached directly to the bed frame. Attaching the headboard to the frame is not difficult and can usually be done in under an hour. The process is similar to attaching a wood headboard to a bed frame.

Step 1

Place the upholstered headboard behind the bed frame. Have a partner hold the headboard in place while you work.

Step 2

Remove the mattress and box springs from the bed frame. Place them in an area that is out of the way.

Step 3

Line up the headboard with the bolt holes in the bed frame.

Step 4

Drill holes in the legs of the upholstered headboard if the headboard is handmade. While the headboard is lined up with the bed frame, mark the bolt holes on the legs. Use a drill and drill bit to drill the holes.

Step 5

Slide the bolts into both the headboard leg and the bed frame. If the bolts are permanently attached to the headboard, simply slide the bed frame over the bolts.

Step 6

Place a washer over the end of each bolt. Thread the nuts over the bolts and tighten with a wrench.

Step 7

Move to the other side of the headboard and repeat. Adjust the bed frame and headboard to where you want them. Place the mattress and box spring back into place.

Things You Will Need

  • Upholstered headboard
  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Box springs
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Nuts
  • Wrench

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Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.