12 DIY Upholstered & Tufted Headboard Projects Your Bedroom Wants Now!

We’ve all got one…a bed. And we all have one thing in common about our bed…it’s the focal point of our bedroom! What’s the best way to make that focal point the star of the room? Make a DIY upholstered headboard and give extra personality to the bedroom. You can tailor the style of your tufted headboard to your bedroom theme, or create a pop of bold color in a boring boudoir. After looking through all these DIY tufted and upholstered headboard projects, we dare you not to try one for yourself! (Spoiler : this may be one of the easiest DIY projects you ever love!)




DIY Upholstered & Fabric Headboards

Learn how to make a custom wingback DIY upholstered headboard from scratch with these easy (and free!) plans from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs via ‘East Coast Creative‘. Some inexpensive plywood and some fabric curtain panels from Target are pretty much all you need! Step by step directions with photos.


Love leather? This faux leather West Elm Knock Off upholstered headboard is a simple DIY with the tutorial from ‘And Then We Tried‘. They even give you hints as to where you can order this fabric online! This looks very expensive & sophisticated without looking stuffy.


Here is another wingback headboard DIY from ‘Mimzy & Company‘. She split an old wingback chair into two parts and recreated it as a headboard. Thrift store time!


This simple DIY upholstered headboard is from ‘BHG‘. They used some plywood and a cheap foam topper to put together this plush look. Remember,  you can choose any fabric and color scheme! Great basic primer on how to build a tufted headboard.


This DIY fabric headboard from ‘Collective Gen‘ was an Ikea hack made from bench seat cushions. Easy as pie!


DIY Tufted Headboards

Channel tufted headboards are trending hard, and will be for some time to come. Based on an Art Deco style, this DIY tufted headboard from ‘Emily Henderson‘ (we love her!) looks so luxe! This is the kind of project that can transform an entire room. And that fabric. Swooning!


Diamond tufted headboard DIY’s make your room look like a European boutique hotel, for a lot less money than you would pay retail. A lot less. This one by ‘A Place of My Taste‘ caught our attention. I mean, that color and fabric? This is a gorge furniture piece!


If you like the idea of a DIY tufted headboard project, but you want a large one, no worries. ‘Chic Misfits‘ went grand with the size of theirs, and the tutorial is easy to follow. So pretty!


Diamond tufting, wingback, and nailhead trim? Find out how to make one yourself over at ‘Grosgrain Fab‘.


If you want to make a DIY tufted headboard with a more modern look, check out this how-to over at ‘Hey There, Home‘. The button tufting on this project is inline instead of diamond tufting, which gives it a more contemporary feel.


Headboard Slipcovers

Already have an upholstered headboard, but want to give it a quick, new look? Then check out this headboard slipcover DIY over at ‘The Painted Hive‘. You can also make this to cover a wood headboard as well. The piping detail makes this look very professional.


This is a super simple sewing project, made with a duvet cover! Of all the projects, this may be one of the easiest and fastest if you are looking for something that doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. Check out the tutorial from ‘Sincerely Marie Designs‘.

We love every single one of these projects! But if you didn’t find what you were looking for, not a problem. Check out our post on 9 DIY Rustic Headboards, and then jump on over to 10 Easy DIY Headboard Ideas over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. P
    May 24, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Great ideas! Very tasteful and modern.

  2. August 23, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I love all the projects shown, now I have to decide which one to use first!

  3. Tami
    April 15, 2015 / 10:40 am

    What are the sizes of the beds? I have a queen and king size to deal with.


  4. Dee
    February 22, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    No 5- I absolutely love this. Do you know what color is on the wall? I would love to do this in the bedroom I am working on. Thank you

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