DIY Modern Tufted Headboard

DIY Modern Tufted Headboard

I’m super excited to share with you my DIY Modern Tufted Headboard tutorial today. I know there are probably 80 billion tufted headboard tutorials out there but this one is seriously ridiculously easy and it would be just plain mean not to share it. I created this headboard for my master bedroom makeover that we ended up using for our final round project for Creating with the Stars. You guys, it’s SO easy and you don’t need any expensive tools or anything.

You will need:

  • sheet of plywood, large enough for your bed (mine is a queen size)
  • enough batting to cover your wood piece of wood 3 times
  • Fabric – get creative. My room had a ton going on so I wanted a very simple look. I used white suiting fabric.
  • Upholstery Stapler and staples – You can get a hand one for around $12 at Walmart, Home Depot, etc. I used one that attaches to my air compressor.
  • Covered Buttons kit


First, I needed to decide what shape I wanted my headboard to be. I ended up combining the look of the Belgrave and Portman.

I just freehanded the shape using some bowls and a laundry basket as a guide. It was a really technical process as you can tell. 😉 I drew the shape on with a sharpie and cut it out using a Jigsaw. I have this one from Home Depot. If you don’t have a jigsaw, this is a great one for your tool collection. It’s inexpensive and works awesome!

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Next, lay out your wood piece on 3 sheets of batting. Then, staple it tightly around the perimeter.

Cut out wood and cover with batting

Next, do the same thing with your fabric.


Staple fabric over wood and batting

Now, you can be done here if you’d like but I wanted some simple tufting.

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I used my stapler and simply stapled where I wanted the tufts. I think they’re about 8.5″ apart.

Use staples to create tufting

Finally, cover those bad boys with your fabric covered buttons and ta-da! Done!

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Oh, you can either mount this on the wall or you can use some of your leftover plywood and make some legs for it. That’s what I did. It was so easy! I can’t wait to show you more of how this room came to be! I seriously love it so much! It is perfectly “me” in every way!

DIY Modern Tufted Headboard 3.jpg Master Bedroom 2

What do you think?

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    Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno
    April 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Cute! I love the shape and the tufting!!

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    April 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    That is so gorgeous!

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    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It looks wonderful. I love it. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me Tuesday party. http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2014/04/213th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there.

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    April 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm


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    Ally chan
    April 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Amazing! I love the wall behind it too! How did you do that??

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    April 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Nice but what I really want to know is what’s behind the headboard? Beautiful!

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    April 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Really great work. Would you be willing to show how you “covered those bad boys with your fabric covered buttons” and how you attached the legs to the back? I’m so visual!

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    Stephanie maser
    April 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    That wall!!!! Is absolutely amazing!!! Please tell us about it!

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    Krista @thehappyhousie
    April 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    It is so fabulous! I did a basic upholstered headboard a few years ago in a striped fabric and it is time for a change… I think that some fresh white fabric and some button tufting would be a perfect upgrade. Thanks for the tute!

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    the cape on the corner
    May 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    the whole spot looks funky and colorful, but also relaxing, as a bedroom should.

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    Cindy Eikenberg
    May 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Mallory – This beautiful headboard totally caught my eye at Tatertots & Jello – it’s just gorgeous and I also am in love with the wall behind it. Love! Thank you so much for sharing and pinning – hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    Courtney Ritchey
    May 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Would you please share where you found the fabic for all your adorable pillows!?!?!? Pretty please :)))
    LOVE IT!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      May 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Courtney! The coral greek key was made from coral fabric and peach ribbon, the navy striped was made from Target baby crib sheets (the only place I could find navy and white stripe fabric locally) and the front ikat pillow is from Marshalls/Home Goods.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    May 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Seriously when do we find out about the wall? I can’t even tell what you did to it let alone how….

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      Mallory & Savannah
      May 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Really soon! Tutorial is scheduled! Can’t wait to show you!

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        May 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        The wait is killing me! 😉

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    May 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I love the wall and very interested in seeing the tutorial!

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    DIY Headboards
    May 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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    June 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    beautiful room! did you make the light? I’d like a tutorial – thank you!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      June 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Yes I did. I’ll share a tutorial soon so keep an eye out! 🙂

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    Colorful Master Bedroom
    July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

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    September 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I love this and the directions are great! Can’t wait to try myself! Thanks 🙂

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    October 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

    What are the dimensions of the headboard?

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    Juliana Alvarez
    March 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Is this tufting technique the same one you used for the mint chair?

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    April 1, 2015 at 8:10 am

    What kind of fabrics work? Are some fabrics not ideal to use?
    I was looking at upholstery fabric cause I don’t know what suiting fabric is!

    Thank you! I’m so excited to try this!!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      April 1, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Rachel! Upholstery fabric would work. I think anything that is fairly thick will work. Canvas is great, “home decor” fabric, etc. Suiting fabric is available at any fabric store in a variety of colors. It’s what is used to make suits:)

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    July 15, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The Headboard is awesome. I also like the wall behind the headboard. Will you share how you did the wall.

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    Genesis Hinckley
    July 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    How did you make sure the tufts were straight? Do you really need to wrap the fabric 3 times like the batting??

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    D. Qualls
    February 10, 2019 at 12:51 am

    What did you use to attach the covered buttons to the headboard?

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    Rod Colver
    April 21, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Very nice!
    I am looking to buy full size head board templates whether in paper or other form.
    Can you help?
    Thank youl

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    Cavie Fischer
    April 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I have wanted to do this for so long and Now I know how!. I have a Brass headboard I plan to cover. Wish me luck!

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    May 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    She has cut and applied wood veneer to a backing to create the wall background. Can’t tell if she has applied the cutouts directly to the wall. Door skins, which I are the thin front of hollow bedroom doors, can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home depot and the veneer pie especially applied.

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