DIY headboard with wool padding

I think even the simplest of bed (like mine) can look like a designer furniture with a suitable headboard. I’ve chosen a thick wool fabric with matching buttons for mine. It’s quite easy to put together, and it makes such an impact in the bedroom. Also I think the gray fabric helps ease the contrast between the black walls, and the white beddings.

Here follows a step-by-step tutorial on how I made it. Please let me know if you have any questions.


  • — Stapeler
  • — Folding ruler
  • — Pencil
  • — Saw
  • — Power drill
  • — 6 mm drill bit
  • — Big needle
  • — Siccor


  • — Plywood: W140 cm x H110 cm
  • — 2 planks (dim. 4 x 2,5 cm): L100 cm
  • — 1 plank (dim. 4 x 2,5 cm): L140 cm
  • — 11 skrews with flat head
  • — Thick wool fabric: W180 cm x H150cm
  • — Thick wadding: W170 x H140 cm
  • — A bunch of staples
  • — 4 coating buttons: 25 mm
  • — Elastic tread for attaching the buttons

1 – Cut all materials according to the description above, or to fit the measurements for your bed (mine is made for a 140 cm wide bed). Iron the wool fabric so that you don’t get any wrinkles on your finished headbord

2 – Decide where you want the buttons to be, and mark it with a pencil. Mine is placed 32 cm from the top and 20 cm from the side with a 30 cm distance from each button. Drill holes for the elastic thread right trough the plywood

3 – Attach the longest plank flush with the top of the plywood. Attach the two short planks flush with each side of the plywood just below the long plank so that the three planks frames the back of your headboard. This is for making is thicker than the actual thickness of the plywood.

4 – Place the wadding on the floor making sure it is it doesn’t have any creases. Mount the plywood on top of the wadding with the front facing down. Stretch the wadding slightly as you staple it to the planks on the back of the plywood. Make sure that the corners are nice an smooth

5 – Repeat the process with the wool fabric. As this is the visible part of the headboard, make sure to distribute the fabric evenly, and to make smooth corners.

6 – Put the coating on the buttons as described in the packaging. It takes some patiens, but a bit of accuracy is important for the end result

7 – Attach the elastic tread to each button using a big needle. Tread the needle from the front to the back of the headboard. Make a knot on the elastic, pull lightly so that the button is presset towards the fabric, and staple the elastic several times just above the knot. Cut to free the needle.

Sweet dreams!