I really wanted a headboard to make the bed look like an actual bed, not just a mattress on the floor. We looked at a few styles and we both liked the look of the tufted headboards. After watching a few YouTube videos, we found one that had the best instructions for doing your own. I'll be sure to link it at the end of the post.
Use spray adhesive to put the 2 inch thick foam down on the plywood. We marked our holes on top by poking the needle up through foam from the bottom and marked it with a marker.
We used a 1 1/4 inch hole saw and drilled out each spot in the foam where the buttons will sit. This hole does NOT go through the plywood.
On the holes along the edges, cut a straight line through the foam. This is done all along the headboard.
Lay down a layer of quilt batting on top of the foam. Cut a small slit in each of the holes and the lines along the edges. Turn your fabric over and mark the center. This is the first button you will add.
Make sure you get a heavy duty string for pulling the buttons tight. We bought some string we thought would be strong enough but had a few snap under the pressure. I ended up having to double up the string on each button.
To attach your first button, find the first hole in the foam and use your needle to pull the button through to from top to bottom. Pull the button as tight as you can and staple the string to the back of the plywood. We used a zigzag pattern to staple the string securely. You can see the beginnings of pleats here.
All in all, we spent about $120.00 to make this headboard. We have a lot of the plywood left over for another project as well. Now, I need to make some curtains that will go well with the headboard!
Here is the YouTube video we used just in case my instructions are confusing. :)
Tufted Headboard DIY Video
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