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Leather Headboard

These tactile squares are surprisingly versatile. The rich, buttery one-eighth-inch-thick sealed cowhide tiles we mounted in this master bedroom could also cover a tray, a desktop, or (now we're talking) a walk-in closet's floor.

leather headboard

Photography: Pernille Loof

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017


Note: Apply them to a substrate (like plywood) first, then to the surface you want to cover. 


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of DIY Headboards and Leather Projects.


  • 4-by-8 foot birch plywood sheet

  • Leather tiles

  • Two French cleat brackets (Pictured: Ook 200-pound French cleats, $19 each,

  • Quarter-round molding


  1. Adhere tiles to plywood sheet using contact cement.

  2. Hang the plywood with two French cleat brackets.

  3. Line it up 18 inches from the floor or with the bottom of your mattress, then frame it with whitewashed quarter round molding.

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