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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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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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  6. 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!!

    1. 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:)

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

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

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

  10. 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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