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Quick Padded Headboard

Martha Stewart Living, June 1998

This technique works for any headboard decorated with molding that creates a frame around a flat, recessed area

1. Cut 1/4-inch-thick plywood about 1/4 inch smaller than recessed opening in headboard, then staple two pieces of extra-loft batting to it. The first piece of batting should be about 3 inches smaller all around than the plywood in order to create a raised center; the second piece should be the same dimensions as plywood (batting should not wrap around edges). Then wrap a piece of fabric about 3 inches larger all around than plywood -- we used matelasse in a celadon shade -- over batting and plywood, and staple it to the back of the board.

2. Staple Velcro strips along the perimeter of the recessed area on the headboard and along the perimeter of the back of the fabric board. Position the fabric board against the headboard, and attach.


Comments (2)

  • Courtney_Marissa 15 Feb, 2011

    You could probably just attach velcro to the back of the pillows you want and then put it velcro on the wall where you want the "headboard". Should work and you can clean them if you either sew or glue the velcro onto the back of the pillows.

  • minerva 10 Nov, 2007

    I have a friend who made a neat headboard by pinning decorative square throw pillows to the wall, I think by the button in the middle, it was the coolest headboard! How can those pillows be cleaned? Or is there another way to design a "pillow headboard" without putting holes into the wall or ruining the pillows? I will be looking for your tips on the bedroom page!