How to Make a Quilted Headboard

Creating a unique bedroom design can be done by using fabric to bring color and texture to the room.

Quilted Headboard
Fabric is affordable and can be used to compliment a particular decorating style. The atmosphere and theme of a bedroom can also be changed more frequently just by using different fabrics. Making a quilted headboard is an easy and low cost way of adding interest to a bed and can be updated at any time with new fabric to match any theme of the room. Read the following instructions and learn how to make a quilted headboard to add a new style to any bedroom. .

Place the plywood behind the bed and mark where the top of the mattress meets the board. The board will be covered up to this mark. Also, mark the desired height of the headboard. A headboard can be any height from 43" to the full 8" of the plywood depending on individual preference.

Using a saw, cut a 4" by 8" piece of plywood at the desired height. Using fine sandpaper, sand all of the sides of the plywood to remove any splinters of wood.

Place a piece of 1" thick foam on the area of the plywood that is to be quilted. Mark the foam and cut it with a utility knife or scissors. Spray adhesive spray on to the surface of the plywood board. Then, place the foam on to the board pressing down lightly to make sure it adheres to the surface.

Place the quilt batting on top of the foam and cut to fit with scissors. Spray the foam lightly with spray adhesive and lay the quilt batting on top, pressing lightly to keep in place.

Lay the fabric on a flat surface and place the plywood board on to the fabric with the quilt batting side down on the board. Pull the fabric over the sides of the plywood board and staple to the back of the board along the top and 2 sides. Turn the board over and staple across the bottom of the fabric along the edge of the batting. Trim away all of the excess fabric.

Using a tape measure, measure 12" down from the top of the quilted headboard. Starting at the side of the board, place a staple every 12" so that there are 3 staples across the board. Measure down another 12" and staple in the middle of each the above staples. his row should have 2 staples. Continue until the entire quilted area has alternating lines of staples.

Using a hot glue gun, glue large buttons on to each of the staples. Then, glue ribbon or cording along the 3 edges of the board and along the bottom where the fabric ends. The quilted headboard may now be attached to the bed frame.

Things You Will Need

  • 4' x 8' piece of plywood
  • Saw
  • Fine sandpaper
  • 1" thick foam
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Quilt batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Tape Measure
  • Staple gun
  • Large buttons
  • Ribbon or cording


  • Connect more than 1 sheet of plywood for wider headboards.
  • An electric carving knife can be used to cut the foam.
  • Instead of using plain buttons, glue fabric to buttons or use large decorative beads.
  • Use extra fabric to make matching window treatments or pillows.


  • Caution should be used when using a utility knife, saw and hot glue gun. Never leave these unattended for children to play with.

About the Author

Based in Florida, Rosemary Rugnetta has been a freelance writer since 2007 specializing in home and garden topics and real estate/mortgage. She is a former property manager and mortgage underwriter who writes for eHow and Answerbag as well as private clients. She has completed continuing education courses in writing, construction management and design.