DIY Upholstered Queen Headboard

Happy Tuesday friends!

Hope you guys had a great weekend.  I am really excited to show you the WHOLE bed I built for my sister.  I shared the Queen Platform Bed several days ago, and now I am here to show you the upholstered headboard we made to go with it.

Ana made me a perfect plan to match a beautiful upholstered headboard I found at Pottery Barn.

You can find the full plan for this headboard HERE at Ana’s site.  This is one of the easiest builds I have done and I would love to share a few money saving tips with you!

For my back board I used 1/2″ MDF.  I just had the nice man at Lowe’s cut it for me to Ana’s plan size to save me time.

For my foam backing I used this mattress topper from Wal-Mart.  It is only $10… Whoop!

I cut it down and attached it to my MDF like this…

Here is the batting I used.

Pottery Barn uses linen for their headboard.  I feel like you can achieve the same look for much less cost going with canvas drop cloth.  I used this $5 one from Lowe’s.

Stapled to the board…

Before attaching my side pieces I stained them first.  I used our ver favorite stain for this bed.

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

This stuff is the best.  It dries faster and only requires 1 coat… Woohoo!  You can get it at Lowe’s.  You can also follow Rust-Oleum on Facebook and Pinterest for fun and inspirational project ideas!

Here are my boards drying…

After attaching those boards I attached the side trim and top and stained them after attaching.  Want to see it all finished??

Hope you like it!

It was so much fun building it for her!

 Make sure to check out Ana’s site for the full plans on this headboard!

Many of you ask us questions about tools all the time. We are so excited to share a new tool with you later in the week!  We will also be giving one of them away to a reader!  Stay tuned for that ;-)!

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  • Brooke Traylor Smith

    I’ve built this bed and headboard to the letter from ana’s site but she isn’t clear on how to attach the headboard and I need help! Please!
    On her site it shows the headboard lining up with the outside edge of the bed when it clearly does not. I bought an L shaped bracket but since it doesn’t line up with the edge of the bed how in the world can I attach it? (Can’t attach to the wall)
    Thank you!

  • Rhonda Williamson

    Did anyone ever find the plans for the headboard?

    • Buxton56

      The plans are in Ana White’s website

  • Amanda Eley

    The plans for the headboard do not seem to be available anymore… is there anyway to get them?

    • Buxton56

      The plans are on Ana White’s website

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  • Amanda Parker Tillman

    I LOVE this! I have found other plans online but they were WAY too many steps. This is straightforward and easy to follow. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • Kelsie Breashears

    I love your ivory rug!! May I ask where you got it?

  • Cleo Burrows

    How did you do the corners without squashing them? I’m using a faux textured leather instead of fabric and I tried folded the corners like you would a package, but it’s bulky. Not sure what to do now. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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  • Mary Emily

    Love this idea! Have been looking & looking for a stylish, affordable headboard. Love the stain, but may go with cream (my safety color) or red (if I dare!). Thank you for the steps, the tips, the great photos!

  • Stunning! Love the frame as well…I am feeling some confidence building (pardon the pun)!

  • mschepers

    Would it be possible to have the Loews or Home Depot to pre-cut everything then finish it and put it together at home?

  • Silly Rabbit

    There are great ideas here. I like the way it looks and the way you saved on cost!

    • Thanks so much!

      • Malaree Taylor

        I can not seem to find the measurements to this bed…I click on the clicks but they do not work,:/

  • Mariana

    Hey, I saw this on anna’s site and was wondering what kind of wood you used?

    Thank you for the pictures! this end is beautiful!

  • Maria

    Love this headboard. I plan to make one this summer and hopefully gain the confidence to actually build the bed. :-). How is the headboard attached to the bed, or is it all mounted. I am think I want to do a wall mount since we are currently usi g a Hollywood frame so it woulD be difficult to attach.

  • Pia

    Great looking headboard, would love to make one as it also seems super easy, but how did you attach it?

  • Karin

    What kind of wood did you use for the frame and headboard. I know you used MDF for the back of the headboard, but I am not sure what kind you used for the platform and the trim on the headboard. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Colleen

    Awesome tutorial. I have been wanting to make myself a new headboard. I love this plan, but I have also been wanting something tufted. I wonder how that would look? Must research. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • LOVE your headboard and the color stain you chose!

  • Wonderful! Wish I had your talent. I really like the headboard, and I’m not an upholstered-headboard kind of person. Turned out great!

  • Lin

    Fabulous! I love it! Lots of hard work went into that I know.

  • Bety Safford

    This is very nice…continue the good work.

  • Jessy

    I love this! I equally love the bedding. Please share where it is from.

  • That looks Fantabulous! I think I just may have to make one of those. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve had something like this floating around in my head and this is just the kick I needed to get it done! Amazing!!

  • The headboard really polishes off the bed. Looks great!