DIY Upholstered Headboard: La Fin

I recall when I first started blogging, I would finish a project, grab my camera, and whip out a blog post in minutes. It saddens me that I no longer have the chutzpah to git r done. Mama’s tired.

But alas, for the first time in my adult life, I have a headboard. And it was handcrafted by my husband.   Plus, it saved us about 1500 beans.

I started looking at the Serena and Lily Pondicherry headboard.  It served as my muse.  I showed it to my husband one day who basically proceeded to “build it in his head” over the course of several months.  And in one day flat, he built the entire thing.

(cell phone shot; sorry)

It took me about another 1-2 months to pick out the fabric and the nail-head trim and then about 2 hours to complete it.


I should have saved all the receipts, but I think the end result put us back about $170.

Here is what I can remember:

  • Fabric: 10 ounce canvas from ($30)
  • Nail-head Trim: Beacon Fabric and Notions ($20)
  • Plywood, hardware, wood for legs, and little bun feet: Home Depot (~$100)
  • Batting:  Hobby Lobby ($20)

And, just to tease you a bit more with the Master bedroom deets: my new Elton Settee from West Elm.  He completes me.


I potentially could be linking up to the following sites if all is right with the cloud:
Between Naps on the Porch
Keeping it Simple

The DIY Show Off
Todays Creative Blog


My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

A Beach Cottage

Miss Mustard Seed

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

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31 Responses to DIY Upholstered Headboard: La Fin

  1. Angela says:

    Your headboard is FABULOUS! And your bedroom (from the peek) looks wonderful too!
    Looks like your “puppy” enjoys the space as well :)

    come over and visit . . .

  2. Wow, very beautiful!!! Excellent job on the curvature of the headboard and trim, looks amazing!

  3. Crystal says:

    I so love your headboard! I’ve been dying to make one for our master bedroom but just haven’t gotten around to it. Was it hard to smooth the fabric over all of those fabulous curves?

    • SN Martha says:

      Hi Crystal! I really have to credit my husband with the curves…. we just pulled it pretty tight and stapled the hell out of it. We did make a couple of little cuts in the fabric to work with smaller pieces…if that makes sense.

  4. You and your hubs did a great job, looks great!

  5. Anne says:

    That looks amazing! I thought the first picture was actually going to be your “inspiration” picture it looks so professional :)

  6. wow, that looks aMAZing! super jealous!

  7. Amazing job. It’s absolutely beautiful.
    I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.

    Hope to see you there.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Tabitha says:

    It’s beautiful. You did a great job on your headboard. Love the nail heads.

  9. Megan says:

    Great job! It looks professionally done!

  10. Serious props to you for that amazing headboard! The curves are amazing, the fabric is just perfect, and the nail heads lined up so nicely! Really lovely :-)

  11. Thank you so much for linking up at my link party. Again, this project is just amazing.
    Hope to see you Tuesday at the next link party.

  12. Great job with the headboard, looks so lovely and the settee is adorable. Thanks so much for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  13. The shape is gorgeous, and I love me some nailhead trim. Beautiful!

  14. cyndi says:

    How on earth did you get those nailheads so even??!!! Even with the ones sold as a long piece I have never been able to get them that straight and even!! Great Job!!

    • SN Martha says:

      hey, cyndi! We did buy the strip of trim as well. I owe that ALL to my husband. He is the MASTER of precision. I just guided it along and gave myself plenty of cuts in the process! (note to self: wear gloves!)

  15. Courtney says:

    Oh I love upholstered headboards and yours is just amazing! The nail head trim looks so perfect and professional- you did a great job! I host a party on the weekends at my blog if you would like to come share this sometime- love it! :)

  16. Amanda Eck says:

    wow! thats beautiful! I totally thought your 1st picture was your inspiration photo!! and it was actually the headboard you made!! great job!!!!

  17. says:

    That headboard is awesome. I have been wanting to make one to go with my silver dresser, hope it looks as good as yours.. You nailheads are so precise I can’t stand it. Your husband gets my vote for the husband of the week!!

  18. Beth@A2Z says:

    You did a fantastic job! Love it ;).

  19. Love it!!!! i have been looking around for fabric only yesterday to do the same thing. I have a very empty space behind my bed just crying out for this.

  20. Marci says:

    Very beautiful!!!! I have this in on my list when I tackle our master bedroom!!! I’m inspired.

  21. tracie says:

    really great job! :) love me some west elm too!

  22. Kim says:

    Do you have a template you used for the shape of the plywood or did you just wing it? We are gathering materials to make our own and YOUR photos are our inspiration ;) We could really use some help!

  23. stacy clark says:


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  25. Lisa says:

    Wow, love the look! I have been looking for a headboard pattern so thanks for sharing.
    Also, I am interested in the Elton Settee but cant get a feel for quality and I dont live near a West Elm. I had a tufted back sofa once from Ethan Allen and the the buttons popped out. The man that tried to fix it said it is because they did not attach the buttons to the back, essentially decorative, not functional.
    What do you think of the quality? How are your buttons holding up?
    Thanks so much for your input

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  27. Melvinlog says:

    I have been student and i learned that i need something like this!

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