Wood Framed Upholstered Headboard

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These simple, easy to build, wood framed upholstered headboards can add a touch of luxury and a lot of style to a bedroom in just a few hours. Special thanks to Jill for sharing her photos. Jill also built the storage beds with drawers from the storage daybed and drawer plans.

Dimensions for a Queen Bed. Easily Customizable to fit any bed size


Shopping List

7 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long 

1 sheet 1/2" plywood 
1 sheet 3/4" plywood 
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

A) 1 - Piece of 1/2" plywood 60" x 36" 

 B) 1 - 1x3 @ 60" (Inside top trim) 
 C) 2 - 1x3 @ 53 1/2" (Inside side trim) 
 D) 1 - 1x3 @ 55" (Bottom inside trim) 
 E) 1 - 1x2 @ 60" (Middle top trim) 
 F) 2 - 1x2 @ 33" (Middle side trim) 
 G) 1 - 1x2 @ 60" (Middle bottom trim) 
 H) 2 - 1x3 @ 20" (Leg Support Piece) 
 I) 2 - 1x3 @ 56" (Outside trim piece) 
 J) 1 - 1x3 @ 61 1/2" (Outside top trim piece) 
 K) 1 - 1x4 @ 63 1/2" (Header) 
 L) 1 piece of 3/4" plywood 55"x31" (Fabric Covered Panel)
Cutting Instructions

Cut list is for 1 Queen Sized Headboard

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Start with A, the piece of plywood.

Step 2

Add Piece B to the top, keeping top edges and sides flush with the plywood. Use glue and 1 1/4" nails. Diagram shown above. AS SHOWN BELOW, add the inner legs, piece C, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 3

Bottom Inside Trim, D. As shown below, add the bottom inside piece, D. Use glue and 1 1/4" nails.

Step 4

Add the middle top trim piece, E, as shown below. Keep the top edges flush with the headboard, and the sides. The diagram shows this. Use 2" nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Leg Trim, Pieces H. Use the 1 1/4" Nails and glue and add the leg support pieces, H, as shown below.

Step 7

Add the outside trim piece, I, on either side of the headboard, as shown below. Keep the front edges flush. There will be a 1/4" overhang on the back. This is fine. Use 2" nails and glue. This is shown below.

Step 8

Add piece J to the top of the headboard. Keep front edges flush. Use glue and 2" nails. This is shown below.

Step 9

Now add the final header piece, K, to the top. This time, keep back edges flush with the pieces below. K will overhang 1" on either end.

Step 10

Do a dry fit of piece L, the insert, into the headboard. Trim if necessary to allow for fabric. Cover the headboard insert piece, L, with foam on just the face. Use spray adhesive to adhere the foam to the plywood. Then cover the plywood with your choice of fabric and staple to the back side. Then, with 1 1/4" screws, from the back, screw through the back plywood into the insert plywood, securing all four corners.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Remove the insert, fill all holes with putty and sand and finish as desired. Secure the headboard to the Stratton bed using 1 1/4" scres and screwing through the backside of the legs into the bed. It is recommended that the headboard (like most headboards) be secured to the wall behind the headboard.


Jessica Jae (not verified)

Sat, 01/30/2010 - 09:11

Can you please put up measurements for this headboard in King size? I am very excited to try this out!

Priscilla (not verified)

Sun, 01/31/2010 - 18:38

I would LOVE the measurements for a king size bed too!! Im so excited to try this out and i LOVE your website! I've been addicted to it since i found it haha :)

Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 10:31

Would it be too annoying if I also requested the measurements for the king sized measurements of this headboard?!
Thank you so much!

Butterfly Baby Place (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 05:34

I would love, love, love King sized measurements as well!!! My husband is going to have a HUGE honey do list after finding this blog. :D

Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!

Erica Wink (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 16:14

As others have posted, I too would love the measurements for king size bed as well. Thank you in advance for your help.

Baker Family (not verified)

Sun, 04/18/2010 - 17:51

I want to do this as well, but like the others, I am wondering... can you please post instructions in a king? :) Thanks for such a great blog! I just discovered it tonight, and I am crazy about it!

Shelley (not verified)

Fri, 05/07/2010 - 04:53

I would also really love plans for a KING headboard ... to go with my KING storage bed of course!

Shelley (not verified)

Fri, 05/07/2010 - 05:01

And I think you should totally hack the bedside bookcases that go with this set!

Robert (not verified)

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 17:05

I am attempting to build this for my fiance. She wants the bed in white with a linen fabric. I am also going to add a little flair. Well see how it turns out

As we are moving into our first house, money is tight and I just want to say thanks for posting all of these plans and pictures.

I will post pictures of the completed project in the next few days.

~Sha~ (not verified)

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 03:04

For a King size, just take the width measurement of your bed and modify from there. Make the height whatever you want. You can do this!

NancyO (not verified)

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:57

Hey, I have a question ..

I made the queen storage bed and would like to make this headboard.

Because my room is so small, the only spot for bed is centered with my window, leaving no way to secure it to a wall.

Do you have an alternate way of securing it? Would it be better if It made the bottom wider to allow more ways to secure it to the storage benches?


Mon, 11/28/2011 - 11:49

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:18

Hi there,

I am about to attempt to create using the directions from your book and I thought I would go online and see if there were more detailed directions and pictures. In the book the first step is to attach the fabric and THEN assemble the trim pieces. Why the discrepancies? Is one way better than the other?