DIY Reupholstered Headboard

Upholstering a Headboard with a Drop Cloth

DIY Reupholstered Headboard

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Today, I am sharing how I recovered a king size headboard for our guest room and only spent $36.

I spent $36 using a cotton canvas painters tarp & some padding. That’s right…a canvas drop cloth.

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Here’s the story…

We had an extra king size bed hanging around (doesn’t everyone?) that we recently moved into the quest room (replacing the queen that was in there). And although it’s a perfectly fine bed, the style of it didn’t match the style of the room. I’m sure no one else would notice or care, but it bothered me, so I wanted to change it. Now this bed is all one piece, so you can’t just remove the headboard and replace it  (note to self, don’t ever buy one like this again). I thought about painting it, but the style still wouldn’t be right and that would be permanent. So covering it was my best, low cost solution.

I had seen ideas for using canvas drop clothes as drapes on Pinterest, which gave me the idea to use one for my fabric on this project. So I just went to our local hardware store and picked one up.

This is the original look of the bed:

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And  here is the new look with a Dropcloth Makeover:

DIY Reupholstered Headboard

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These are the 3 items that I used;

A canvas painters tarp that I got at the hardware store for $27

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Some batting that I bought on sale for $9

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And a staple gun

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First,

I stapled the batting to the headboard to thicken it up and give it a padded look. This quilt batting is pretty large so I was able to keep it folded in half, doubling the thickness.

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Then I cut the tarp in half (they are huge) with scissors and ironed it with lots of steam.

The next step is to simply place the ironed canvas over the batting and neatly staple it to the headboard on the back side of the bed.

Easy Peasy.

DIY Reupholstered Headboard

DIY Reupholstered Headboard

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DIY Reupholstered Headboard

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DIY Reupholstered Headboard

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This project was incredibly easy and took me no time at all to complete.

Plain King size fabric headboards run around (at least) $700, so this was certainly a cost saver.

And I still have half a tarp left for another project.

If y’all have a bed that you would like to give a quick update to, maybe this will give you some inspiration. I’m pretty happy with it.

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Reupholster a Headboard Using a Dropcloth!

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30 thoughts on “Upholstering a Headboard with a Drop Cloth

    1. Thanks Sara! That’s what I said that when I saw folks using them as window treatments! I’m so glad thatI remembered seeing those ideas!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  1. Hi Karen! :)
    So simple and so beautiful! I have used drop cloths for a lot of things, because they are so durable and cheap…but have never seen one used for a headboard – it’s beautiful!
    That was funny that you had a ‘spare’ king bed though…we recently had to upgrade to a king bed just so that we could get a good nights sleep since the dog takes up half the bed! 😉
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    1. Thanks Mary! You are exactly right! Painting would have been a bigger comitment than I wanted to make, this was perfect :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      K

    1. Thanks Mary! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come by on Mondays and share your art at our Something to Talk About link party!
      Karen

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I love finding ideas on Pinterest that I can chage up and incorporate into my own home! Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will come back on Mondays and join our Something to Talk About link party!
      Karen

    1. Thanks Christie! That guest room is so dark because it’s on the back of the house, so the light canvas instead of the dark wood headboard really helped lighten it up :)

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