Wood Framed Upholstered Headboard

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About Project

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.