3 Tips for Upholstering a Headboard and Bed Frame


3 Tips for Upholstering a Headboard and Bed Frame

Decorating your room is fun but hard work. This is especially true when you’re trying to learn how to upholster and want to revamp your bedframe. Not many decorators tackle this project, but it’ll give your room a unique and one-of-a-kind look. If you want some tips on upholstering your headboard and bed frame, read on to find out more.

Get the Right Tools

Before you begin, you must invest in the right tools. It shouldn’t surprise you that you’ll need a bread knife, screwdriver, and staple gun to put your upholstery in place. Fabric scissors and measuring tape are also necessary for cutting and measuring your fabric properly. You’ll need fabric and fabric fuse glue, spray adhesives, upholstery foam, a footboard, and of course, the side rails for your bedframe. Finally, you’ll need batting to upholster your headboard and bed frame.

Deconstruct the Headboard and Cover It With Upholstery Foam

First, you’ll need to disassemble the pieces of your headboard. From the mattress, use the screwdriver to dissemble the footboard, headboard, and side rails. Take a picture of your headboard’s installation to document the location of any small moving hardware or parts. Use a layer of upholstery foam to ensure your upholstering material won’t be uncomfortable, harsh, or flat. Replace the upholstery foam over each bed piece and cover the front of each surface—since that’s what you’ll see. Use your bread knife to shape the foam. You should adhere the carpet tape to the foam bed pieces and ensure you properly secure them.

Cut, Attach Batting, Wrap, and Reassemble

Wrap your pieces in batting. This material keeps your headboard cushion soft at the edges. Place each piece of batting on top of the various pieces. You’ll have to use both staples—which you should have loaded into your staple gun—and spray adhesive. Take your spray adhesive and cover a 1 ½ foot section of bating. Press it to the upholstery foam and hold it on there for 5 seconds so that it can set. Continue repeating this process until you cover the entire surface.

After that, place the fabric over each aspect of the bed frame to the appropriate size. Leave about 7 inches around the edges. Lay the fabric on the table or floor with the pattern facing downward. Place it on the pieces and fold it around the fabric; use a staple gun to staple the fabric 3-5 inches apart on top of the batting. Finally, reassemble the bed frame.

Upholstery can be a tough process, but it’s ultimately rewarding. We mentioned that you’d need staples for your staple gun, and luckily, we’ve got you covered. Check out what we offer at Salco Staple Headquarters, where we boast top-of-the-line DIY products. Contact us if you have any questions.