An upholstered headboard

Years ago, my mother made a padded bed headboard.  I think it was an easy first project when she joined an upholstery class and, since she didn’t actually need another headboard, I ended up with it.

Calico-covered headboard

The naked headboard

It’s beautifully made (like everything she did) with a calico front and some sort of shiny lining fabric on the back, but it’s never had a cover.  This headboard has been in a bag in the attic for longer than I care to remember.  I went in search of it the other day when it occurred to me that it might do for the bed in our spare room.  It’s not really wide enough for a double bed, but needs must.

Mirror plate on headboardI paid a visit to the Shuttle fabric shop and bought a remnant of strong cotton furnishing fabric in a neutral, off-white shade.  I rustled up a slip-over cover which fastens with Velcro along the bottom.

I’ve attached the headboard to the wall with mirror plates.

That meant drilling out a hole behind each one.

Hole in cover for mirror plateI needed to make holes in the rear of the cover for the screwheads protruding from the wall to pass through.

I drew circles, stitched around the circumference of each and then cut away inside the stitching, painting on some PVA to make sure the fabric wouldn’t fray.

But it looks reasonably neat on the back.

The finished result – although it does need the attentions of a steam iron.

Headboard hung on wall

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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