{Part 1} Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Our master bedroom revamp project all started because I wanted a headboard. A real fancy headboard. I traveled for work quite a bit last spring; hopping from one fancy hotel to another and in the mean time I was becoming envious of the chic rooms I was staying in. So, when Mr. Woodsy asked me last April what I wanted for my birthday I said I wanted him to make me a headboard. I also wanted to get a new comforter and doing a mini master bedroom revamp. That’s how this year-long project began.

So I got the comforter within the month of April 2011 (but that was after months of looking and finally agreeing to a color pallet and pattern that wasn’t too femine)! After months of putting it off and lots of procrastination, Mr. Woodsy finally put his promise to action and built me an upholstered tufted headboard. At first it was not going to be tufted but once we upholstered and tufted our bench it was obvious that our headboard was going to match.


1 sheet of cabinet grade plywood *we only used this because it was on sale–if its not on sale chose something cheaper*

Circular Saw/Hand Saw/Drill / shop-vac

Pencil / T-square/ Measuring Tape / 90-degree ruler / Sharpie Marker

2-1/2 inch foam / batting

Fabric/ Staple Gun / Button Covers/ Tufting Needle and Twine

Measure your space where the headboard will reside. Then mark your cabinet grade plywood prior to cutting.

Using a circular saw cut the excess piece of cabinet grade plywood off.

*Be careful towards the end of the cut–make sure you hold on to both the saw and the board.

Then using an orbital sander; sand the edges of the cabinet grade plywood.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

You’ll want to do this so that the corners aren’t too sharp and pierce through your fabric.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Now get out your pencil, measuring tape, T-square, and 90-degree ruler because you are about to measure your butt off!

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

You want to draw a grid on your piece of plywood so that you can evenly space out your tufting buttons.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Mr. Woodsy first measured with his measure tape and made tiny marks on the wood then he used his 90-degree ruler to make larger lines.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Followed by the t-square where he drew full length lines.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Make sure your lines are dark enough for you to see. He would go over his lines 2-3 times each.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

The headboard has now been made into a grid making it easy for us to see where the tufted buttons will want to go.  Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

When Mr. Woodsy originally measured the wood he took into account that the first 6 inches of the headboard would be below the matress. With that being said he wanted to make sure that the tufted buttons were spaced above the bed and not based on below the bed.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Gather your covered tufting buttons.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Then place them on the grid.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Step back and make sure you like where the buttons are placed.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard TutorialNow, mark your board where all the tufted buttons were.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard TutorialUsing your drill, carefully drill a hole where marked.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard TutorialAnd drill more…

Upholstered Tufted Headboard TutorialAnd keep drilling until all of your holes have been made for your tufted buttons.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

This is what your headboard should look like.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Using a shop-vac–vacuum up all the saw dust piles.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Get the foam out and place it on top of the wood.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

We used spray adhesive to hold the foam in place; however, it didn’t work. It was barely holding the foam in place.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

And for funnies–the cap to the spray adhesive got stuck on Mr. Woodsy’s finger!

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Once your foam is secured *however you want to do that* begin using a hand saw and cut the foam to match the size of the cabinet grade plywood.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

And do the same thing around the other side of the foam as well. You’ll noticed the foam is not smooth–this is ok since it’s going to be covered. If you have an electric knife for cutting meat I highly suggest you use that–it cuts like butter!

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Now, get that drill back out and carefully re-drill through the wood and into the foam. This is needed in order to tuft later on.

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

You have to hold the foam in place; however, I don’t recommend holding it like this!

Upholstered Tufted Headboard Tutorial

Lastly, using a sharpie marker, draw a circle around each of the holes. You’ll want to do this since it’s difficult to see where the drilled hoes were made since they close practically right up!

Now, stay tuned for part 2 later on this week!


  1. This is so cool! I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  2. Awesome, thanks for showing the steps in such detail!

  3. I’ve been wanting to do this but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start! I love how much you planned things out! I can’t wait to see the reveal!

    • Glad I could lay out all the steps for you! Altogether this project took about 6 hours give or take… Mr. Woodsy is a perfectionist so I think it would take a normal person half the amount of time!

  4. Just a tip for cutting the foam–an electric knife works great–and much faster! You will need an extension cord!

  5. Very nice! I’ll bet it is going to look amazing!

  6. Can’t wait to see the finished project!! Awesome tutorial! 🙂

  7. Sweet! We must be psychically connected 🙂 Featuring this Friday in 50+

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