Adding a headboard is a quick way to liven up any bedroom, but the cost of a stylish headboard can be overwhelming. Follow these steps and upholster your own headboard for an easy- and less expensive- bedroom update!

Step 1: Piece kraft paper to the finished headboard’s size. (63 x 63 fits a queen-size bed)

Step 2: Mark the center of the headboard, drawing a vertical line to divide the paper in half. Draw the desired profile on one side of the center line. Fold the paper in half vertically at the center mark, and cut along the design’s edge.

Step 3: Tape the pattern on top of one piece of medium-density fiberboard or plywood, aligning one side edge of the pattern with the fiberboard’s side edge and trace the pattern.

Step 4: Using a jigsaw, cut out the headboard. (Drill a small hole large enough to fit the jigsaw blade to make cuts at tight curves and corners.)

Step 5: To create the extended height of your headboard, mark and cut out of the second sheet of fiberboard a rectangular piece the same length as the top portion and tall enough to create your desired finished height. From insulating foam board, repeat steps 4 and 5.

Step 6: Align the top fiberboard panel with the long bottom board. Apply four mending braces to span the seam where the two boards meet. Turn the headboard over and install the remaining braces on the opposite side.

Step 7: Using adhesive designed for insulating foam board, attach the foam board to the fiberboard. Let dry according to product directions.

Step 8: To cover the headboard, cut one headboard shape from decorator fabric and another from muslin, adding 3/4 inch all around for seam allowances. For the boxing strip, cut and piece a 4-inch-wide length of decorator fabric to follow the perimeter of your headboard shape. For piping, cut 1-inch-wide strips on the bias.

Step 9: Create piping, following the directions below.

Step 10: With right sides together and starting at an end, pin the piping to the headboard front fabric. Clip the curves to ease the sewing. Using 1/2-inch seam allowances, a zipper foot, and easing the piping as you go, sew the piping to the front fabric piece. Cut off remaining piping. Repeat with the headboard back fabric.

Step 11: With right sides together, pin the boxing strip to the headboard front piece, clipping the curves. Sew, using 1/2-inch seam allowances, as with the piping above. Repeat for the headboard back.

Step 12: Hem the bottom edges of the headboard cover (press the fabric under 1/2 inch, then an additional 1/2 inch, and sew).

Step 13: Turn right side out, then ease the slipcover over the base.

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