To make a headboard, first choose a style, then find or create a plan and follow the directions to complete the project. Headboards can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, fabric, cardboard and many other materials.
To build a padded headboard:
Step 1: Collect the materials.
Step 2: Cut the frame.
Measure the bed size and cut the desired-size frame.
Step 3: Attach the ledgers.
Create square ledgers and place flush on the frame. Nail every 6 inches.
Step 4: Cut the four beams.
Make 45-degree angle mitered cuts along the four beams.
Step 5: Attach the pieces.
Glue and nail all of the pieces together.
Step 6: Treat the wood.
Stain or paint the wood the desired color. Allow to dry completely over night before proceeding.
Step 7: Cut a piece of plywood.
Cut a separate piece of plywood to fit inside the frame.
Step 8: Attach the foam.
Attach the foam to the plywood with a spray adhesive. Press down firmly to attach. Cut the remaining foam away so it is flush with the plywood.
Step 9: Attach the fabric.
Lay the fabric over the foam, leaving an overhang. Press smooth and staple the fabric to the back of the plywood.
Step 10: Attach the frame to the fabric section.
Place the fabric and plywood section inside the frame and attach it by countersinking through the frame ledger.