How to Upholster Over an Old Brass Bed

Upholstering can give new life to an old or outdated piece of bedroom furniture.

Upholstered headboards are more modern than brass beds.Upholstered headboards are more modern than brass beds.
While brass headboards have a very classic look, upholstered beds can add a more modern flair to a bedroom. If you have an old brass bed, create an easy tufted upholstered effect. By using pegboard instead of plywood to make your headboard, you can avoid having to drill any holes or making any permanent changes to the bed.

Lay your brass headboard over a sheet of pegboard. Trace around the headboard onto the pegboard with a pencil. Follow the shape and cut out with a utility knife. Sand down the edges of your pegboard with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

Thread zip ties through the holes of your pegboard and around the posts of your headboard. For optimum stability, thread your ties around all sides of your headboard. This will secure your pegboard in place.

Apply a layer of spray adhesive to the top of your pegboard. Position your upholstery foam over the top of your pegboard to hold in place. Trace around the headboard and cut around the edge with a utility knife.

Spray a layer of spray adhesive over the top of your foam. Layer with a roll of cotton batting and pull over the underside of your pegboard. Staple your cotton batting in place with a staple gun, pulling taut. Try to keep your batting layer even so you can avoid having your finished product looking lumpy and misshapen.

Place your fabric over your headboard. Pull around the back of your headboard and staple in place, pulling taut. Walk around curved areas and corners inch by inch, folding over slightly and stapling in place to the underside of the pegboard.

Add any decorative trim to the edge of your headboard with a hot glue gun or by sewing in place with needle and thread. To create a tufted effect on your headboard, thread buttons from the holes in the pegboard through to the front of your headboard.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Zip ties
  • 2-inch upholstery foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • Cotton batting
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Decorative piping
  • Tufted buttons
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread

About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.