DIY tufted headboard tutorial and 35 fantastic headboard ideas

Written by Kremena Ruseva


Tufted wall panels or a tufted headboard may change the look of any bedroom completely. Made of raw silk, rayon, nylon, cotton, velvet, seagrass or leather such headboards always add a feeling of elegance, style and a touch of luxury. We have collected examples of fantastic headboards and to make it easier for you, you will find a DIY tufted headboard tutorial. There are many types and designs, from elaborate and expensive fabrics, to simple, not too fancy and formal designs.

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What is a tufted headboard and how to make one by ourselves? Tufted headboards are firmly padded headboards with buttons or studs which are pushed into the fabric. The two main types of button tufting are diamond tufting and square tufting. Diamond tufting features one row of evenly spaced buttons. The second row of buttons is placed below and in between, the buttons of the first row. The pattern goes on to the bottom of the board and creates the diamond shape. The size of the diamonds will depend on the space between the buttons. Some designs feature long thin shapes, while others are designed with sides of equal-length. The square tufting design features buttons that are placed at equal distance from one another on each row. Square tufted headboards are gaining popularity in modern bedroom design and such headboards are usually with straight, clean lines. Both types of tufting share the same principle and you will see it in a step by step DIY tufted headboard tutorial below.

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Cut the board to the required size

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Calculate and mark the button placements

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Cover 2/3 of the pegboard with 3″ thick foam as the  bottom part will go behind the bed. Mark the foam and place the pegboard on top. 

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With the help of a knife cut holes around the marks where the buttons will be placed for a deeper tufting.

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Once you have cut all the holes your pattern is ready

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Use adhesive (or spray adhesive) to make sure the foam is secured on the pegboard

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An additional sheet of high-loft batting must be placed on the top of the foam.

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Use buttons you bought from a store or a button making kit


You need a a long upholstery needle and upholstery grade thread

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Push the needle all the way to the back

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Add staples over the thread

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Always start in the center and continue horizontally

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 Following your marks – your diamond pattern is ready

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Finish the edges

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Mount the headboard

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Traditional, classic, modern looking or vintage bedrooms can be complemented by a tufted headboard. Besides the practical qualities of this type of headboards (they are a very good insulation) they can be a strong decoration accent, a real statement in the design and express your individuality and character. Clean lines or elegant curves – this is only your choice. Silk, leather, and velvet are more expensive materials compared to fabrics but the variety of fabrics is so immense that you have unlimited options to choose from.

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