Life Love Larson: DIY Upholstered Headboard for Boy's Room


Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Upholstered Headboard for Boy's Room

Drew moved into a big boy bed right around age two, when we lived in South Carolina. I managed two cribs in the nursery for awhile (kids 15 months apart remember!), but I finally felt Drew needed his own space, and was ready for a big boy bed (he was crawling out at this point and nap time was becoming an issue). We already had a queen sized bed for guests, which we transitioned him into. The bed was just a bed, no headboard or footboard. We decided to go ahead and DIY a simple upholstered headboard instead of purchasing something more expensive.

We bought a piece of MDF, some foam padding, and some batting, and got to work with some navy fabric, spray adhesive, and a staple gun. This headboard has worked out perfectly for our needs. It is large, soft, and held up through two more moves (San Antonio and on to Kansas City). I bought some clearance fabric at Home Fabrics a year ago knowing that it would be perfect for when I eventually needed to replace the fabric.

It's now been over 4 years since we first made this headboard. When we replaced Drew's light fixture recently, I decided it was a good time to replace the fabric on his headboard. It's striped. Go figure.

The foam and batting were already secured, so I just needed to remove the old staples/fabric, and staple the new fabric to the back. I was able to do this on my own. Just make sure you are pulling and tugging as tight as possible! I do top, then bottom, then side to side, pulling tight and making sure the stripes stay lined up.

This is the story of my life. These little moving stickers are on the back of everything we own! You can see in the photo the hardware we use to hang this big guy. Make sure you use strong anchors that can hold a good amount of weight!

This is such a simple and inexpensive project. I was afraid an upholstered headboard wasn't going to be boyish enough, but in the end, I think the square lines and simple fabric keep it from looking to "girly".

Kate sleeps in a twin, so Drew's bed is the one we all pile into at night for reading time. The large, soft headboard is perfect for lounging and reading! The best part is, if you get sick of the fabric, or if it gets dirty/dingy, just change it!

You can see the details for Drew's bedding in this post. It has also held up for multiple years, and multiple washes!


  1. I love the mix of all of the stripes! It's so fun and definitely boy-ish.

  2. You are one of my favorite bloggers so each day I don't see a post I get more concerned about you! Hoping you are just enjoying some time away!!

    1. Brenda, you are so sweet! Thank you for thinking of me during my "absence" from the blogosphere. We have had some company, and I just needed a mental break from the ins and outs of blogging. I am actually sitting down to write a new post as we speak. Thank you for being a loyal reader! xo