Upgrade Your Master Bedroom With A DIY Tufted Headboard

Are you stuck with an intimidating blank wall behind the bed in your master bedroom? This clever and elegant DIY from Mobile, Alabama-based Checking In With Chelsea is just the Saturday project you need. Join Chelsea Lipford Wolf as she turns an expensive bedroom look – a plush, tufted headboard – into a cost-effective, do-it-yourself task. A tufted headboard instantly elevates your living space, and Chelsea's even provided step-by-step instructions for re-creating this look in your own home.


[MUSIC] I hate when I'm skimming Pinterest and find an image that I love, only to later find out that it's a very expensive store bought item. That happened to my friend Amy with this headboard. But, I think I found a way that we could make a budget friendly one for her new house. For this project, we're going to need a half inch sheet of plywood cut to size. Two 1.25" foam mattress toppers. Quilt batting. Fabric, scissors, a straight edge. You can use a level or a yardstick. A tape measure, a fine-tip permanent marker, a staple gun with staples, three-quarter inch roofing nails, three-quarter inch washers, a hammer, fabric button making kit, clear industrial strength adhesive, wire cutting pliers. A stud finder, a drill/driver, and a heavy duty picture-hanging cleat. And with those items, we'll be creating this for my friend Amy. Childhood memories right here. Who helped me out with my first project in my shop. [MUSIC] This is what her bed looks like now. So the addition of a decorative headboard will be a big improvement. Okay Amy this is a lot bigger project than the art chandeliers you helped me with, but I think we can tackle it. This is a big old bed too it's king size? Yeah. At the home center we had our half inch plywood cut to size to match the width of Amy's king size bed, so the first thing we're going to do is cut the foam to fit it. [MUSIC] So this is inch and a quarter foam. And we have another piece of it to put on top of it just to make it thicker. Okay. To get that deep, tufted look. But if you buy three-inch foam at the craft store It would have been like $100 for like the link that we need. My God. So this is just a mattress pad. Perfect. It's actually queen size, and it's the right length that we needed for the width of our headboard. Okay. How did they get something so big in such a tiny package? And we definitely want to put all the lumps towards the plywood. A minor setback with using this type of foam is that the edges are not very straight. But later, when we stretch the fabric over it, you'll never be able to tell. And by the way, the best thing about ending up with excess material is being able to use it for more important things. All right, we've got two nap mats now, so. Yes. It's time for a break. [LAUGH] One for each of us. So we need to figure out how many tufts you want. Okay. The little indentations. I've seen less and I've seen more. Yeah. I think this is right in between and is a good amount. No, I agree. The ones with less, it doesn't look as- Luxurious. Yeah. The more the better. Okay well we have the buttons so we can lay them out and kinda get a visual. [MUSIC] But before we can lay it out we've got some math to do, 87 divided by eight. Don't look at me, I don't do math. Me either, so I am looking for my phone. Do you know what math stands for? Mental abuse to humans. [MUSIC] We'll measure and mark these but first we need a visual. We've decided on five rows of buttons with each row alternating between seven and eight buttons. We're also going to space each row 5 1/2" apart vertically and each button 9 1/2" apart horizontally. Good morning. Let's draw horizontal lines at five and half inches with our straight edge. We're measuring five and half inches from the top of the headboard and drawing a line. This line represents the top row of buttons. From here we'll mark four more lines. All spaced at five and half inches apart. [MUSIC] All right, now we'll just use the tape measure and mark along the horizontals where the buttons will actually be. So every, what did we say, nine and a half inches. Nine and a half inches. [MUSIC] Our next step is to cut little squares through our foam at each mark. Okay, where the buttons go? Exactly. That way the buttons can get deeper and get the nice tufted look. Tufted. Tufted, awesome. It looks kind of like something. Modern art. Yeah or sheet music. But what does it mean? It means comfy. [LAUGH] [MUSIC] So you're just cutting like a tiny square? Exactly right over the mark. And then there's lots of marks on here, so just go with the really big crosses. So what keeps the button from sinking down in there? Well, we'll put the fabric over it before we put the button in. Right, right. So we'll keep it tight. [MUSIC] Next we're adding our bedding. This material will smooth everything out and will also prevent the plywood corners from tearing the fabric. Pull a little extra over there. We just need a few inches to staple it on the back. Al right, and then we'll go ahead and flip it over. [MUSIC]. Okay, so we'll start on our short end over here if you want to grab the stapler. This is a step where a second pair of hands really comes in handy. While one person pulls the batting tight, the other staples it a few inches apart around the entire board. It's looking good from the back. Once the batting is Is all stapled down, cut out the excess with a pair of scissors. [MUSIC] Now we need to take our finger and poke a hole through the [UNKNOWN] Into all the holes. We're poking through the batting at every hole. This stuff is thin enough you could just use your finger. Gootchie, gootchie, goo. [LAUGH] I'm easily amused. What do you think about the fabric? Love it, it's perfect. Okay, this is the fun part or the weird part. [LAUGH] Is that we're gonna use Nails and washers. Really? That doesn't sound comfy, but it'll push the tufts down far enough. And then we'll cover them with pretty buttons. You can see, just putting your finger in how it kinda creates the diamond pattern with the fabric. That way. That's cool. So we're gonna skip a row and do all the matching rows before we do the two rows in between. Okay. [MUSIC] Okay, so it's just a little tricky to get started without hitting your fingers. This by the way is not easy, it might even work better to use something like a pair of needle nose pliers to get the nail Nail started. But take your time and be careful. I don't want any pulsing, giant red thumbs. [SOUND] All right, I think that is not going anywhere. We're using nails instead of screws. Screws would spin as they drive through the fabric and batting causing the fabric to twist up and bind, which would lead to some pretty unattractive results. And the washers that we're using match the diameter of our buttons. This is important because it allows the buttons to fit perfectly into place. Okay Chelsea, I'm getting nervous, all this extra fabric. How does this come together? Stick your finger in that hole cuz we haven't done the middle rows and see. Okay. See, and then you kinda fold the fabric. The way we want it. Wow, that is so cool. Wow, that's gonna look good. [MUSIC] So in a way you want the extra fabric so that you have room to. Right, okay, I see. That looks great. Fit for a queen Queen Amy [SOUND] of Pug Nation. [LAUGH] [MUSIC] Now that all of the nails are set, it's time to tighten up the fabric on the edges. WIth the headboard on its side I'm creating a new fold from each outside button to the edge while Amy stables the fabric in the back. [MUSIC] I always like to save the corners for last, carefully overlap the fabric as tightly as possible and then secure in place with several staples. [MUSIC] All right, let's see what it looks like. It looks great. Wow. I'm impressed. Now all I have to do put some buttons over nails holes. Awesome. [MUSIC] These fabric button its are neat, and super simply. Cut out a piece of fabric following the provided template. Set the front half of the button face-down onto the fabric, and then press it into the plastic tray. At this point, the fabric sort of gathers around it. Just push it back in. And then take the back half of the button, and lay it on top of the folded over fabric and press. [MUSIC] Finally, just flip it over and push the button out, pretty cool. [MUSIC] And now repeat this about 40 times. Before attaching the buttons to the head board, we're removing the metal hooks on the back since those will just get in our way [MUSIC] We're using a heavy duty clear adhesive. Adding enough glue so these buttons will stay permanently attached to the headboard, but not too much where the adhesive can leak out onto the fabric when you push it in place. Trust me, removing glue from fabric isn't easy. All right, I think the buttons really polish it off. My gosh it looks so good. I can't wait to see it on the wall. All right, let's go hang it. [MUSIC] All right, so here it is. You can see I desperately need something. Yes. [LAUGH] Okay, so let's go ahead and run the tape between the windows and get our center. It's right about 109.5. 109.5, aw man here comes some math again. 109, 150. After marking the center we scan for wood studs on either side for our cleat to attach to. [MUSIC] [SOUND] And our final step, attaching the opposite side of the cleat to the back of the headboard. Okay. Moment of truth after all this work. My gosh, that looks great. My gosh Amy. That looks great. That looks so good. Now Amy is on her way to creating the bedroom of her dreams. I hope you enjoyed this project, thanks for checking in. [MUSIC]
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