If you’re in the mood to become a “Handy Mandy” and do a DIY project for your master bedroom, stay tuned as I’ll quickly show you how to make your own diamond tufted headboard.
Your headboard creates a fashionable focal point in your sleep space that gives your bedroom an elegant oomph. My older sister, LaToya, was building her house and wanted her master bedroom to look luxurious. LaToya is amazing at building things from just looking at a photo, but isn’t the greatest with fabrics. And that’s where I come in. LaToya built this entire bed from scratch and because I’m not that handy, I just upholstered it. This project can be completed alone but it better with helping hands and power tools.
- 1/2″ sheet of plywood, cut to 84″x48″ (for our custom measurements)
- (1) king-sized topper*(cut in half)
- quilt batting
- fabric (3.5 yards for a king-sized headboard)
- tape measure
- Chalk line
- permanent marker
- staple gun with staples
- 3/4″ roofing nails
- 3/4″ washers
- fabric button kit, 3/4″ size*
- industrial-strength adhesive
- wire cutting pliers*
I’ve provided you with the measurements for the spacing so your diamond tufted headboard is symmetrical. I’m a visual learner and tried to just create the design using a spacing of 10.5 inches between each and it did not come out correctly. So I went to Latoya, asked for her mathematical skills, and she gave the exact measurements needed. Which, I’m giving you to make your life easier.
The headboard measures about 48 tall by 84 wide. You’ll need to measure your bed to figure out your sizing or you can just use ours. We had a 5-inch border, with 5 rows alternating between 7 and 8 buttons. The 7 button rows were spaced 10” 5/8 between each button. The 8 button rows were spaced 9” 1/4 between each button. Each row was spaced at 7” 5/8. Note that because we have a 5” border all around our workspace in 74” instead of 84”.
Step 1: Purchase Foam
Foam is a petroleum-based product, so it goes up with the price of gas. Which makes it expensive. I’ve seen others purchasing mattress foam pads as an alternative because its cheaper but we didn’t have that option in St. Croix because everything was sold out. So we purchased 3” thick foam from Divi Fabrics in Christiansted. We could have gone with 2” instead. I used a drill with a hole saw attachment and to cut through the foam because it was so thick.
Step 2: Measurement out and pre-cut you tufts
We used a ruler, chalk line, and a marker to measure and mark where our tufts would be before cutting the foam. Remember to measure twice and cut once!
Step 3: Cover the foam
Once the foam is down, after using adhesive spray, you want to secure it with a layer of batting and then a thin fabric like muslin. This ensures your fabric is smooth and soft. We secured it with an electric staple gun. I HIGHLY recommend using an electric gun because it is faster and once you add more layers the handheld staple gun requires more pressure. I cut through the batting and muslin so when it came time to nail the linen it would be easier.
Step 4: Cover with upholstery fabric
We nailed where our tufts would be instead of drilling through the plywood. The corners can get tricky, so start with the middle, then each side, pulling tight each time. This is when an extra pair of hands come in handy.
Step 5: Make your own fabric-covered buttons
Purchases fabric button making kits and use the scrap fabric to create the buttons. Because our fabric was thick I using a hot glue gun to make sure the fabric stayed put. Our kit came with 5 buttons each but Amazon has larger amounts. We bought 8 kits because we needed 38 buttons. After you make the buttons, apply them with fabric glue. Make sure you apply pressure to secure them. I used a wire cutter to remove the back loop that’s intended for the thread.
Now my sister hung up her headboard to her wall and I honestly don’t know how she did that. BUT, I thought myself how to create our headboard by following the tutorial over at Checking In With Chelsea . I watched her video like five times, then went out to purchase the materials, and my sister and I got to work. Annie from DIY Decor Mom has everything you need to create ANY size headboard. Go check her out! It also helped me.
If I can teach myself how to make a diamond tufted headboard then so can you! Would I ever make a headboard that’s as large and as intricate for myself? No! But, at least now I know I can. Also, I’m a perfectionist and towards the bottom, our tufts weren’t as straight. That drove me insane but my sister was satisfied so I left it alone. I personally, prefer an experiment or machine getting it completely even! In St. Croix we don’t have access to all the cheaper materials like in the states. This project was expensive and time-consuming (in comparison to state-side standards). I’d rather purchase a headboard. But in St. Croix, that too would be expensive for the type of headboard we chose.
Check out these DIY blogger that created budget-friendly headboards.