Channel Back Headboard

This project adds a one-of-a-kind accent piece to accompany your bed.

Channel Back Headboard

This project adds a one-of-a-kind accent piece to accompany your bed.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
(4) 16" × 68" × ½" plywood sheet
1½" heavy-grade upholstery foam
(3) large bags of batting
(3) 1" × 4" × 60" Douglas fir wood trim pieces
4 yards upholstery fabric
Spray adhesive
Knife
Heavy-duty staple gun
Sharp staples
Scissors
Yardstick
Torpedo level
Measuring tape
Drill
1½" gold screws
1" black screws
Marker
(2) extra-large French cleat mounts

Steps

  1. Place the plywood on top of the foam, lining up one side edge of the plywood to one side edge of the foam. Use the marker to draw a line on the foam along the other side edge of the plywood
  2. Remove the plywood and cut along the line on the foam with a knife. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining three pieces of plywood
  3. Spray the plywood and foam with a generous coat of spray adhesive, and then place the foam on top of the plywood. Press down to ensure they stick together. Repeat for the remaining three pieces
  4. Place the batting on top of the foam. Line up the corners and cut the batting along the edge of the foam with scissors. Repeat for the remaining three pieces
  5. Spray the top of the foam and the back of the batting with a generous amount of spray adhesive. Place the batting on top of the foam
  6. Lay the fabric on top of the batting. Cut the fabric to fit the piece, leaving 4” excess on all four sides. Repeat for the remaining pieces
  7. Lay out the fabric. Spray a generous amount of spray adhesive on both the batting and the wrong side of the fabric. Place the plywood batting-side down on the fabric
  8. Starting from the long side, fold the excess fabric in half, and then fold it over the plywood. Staple the fabric to the plywood, stapling every inch. Repeat this on the opposite long side
  9. Fold the shorter side of the fabric like an envelope. Bring in the two sides so that they are touching the foam. Fold the top inch over, and then fold the entire piece over the plywood. Secure to the plywood, stapling every inch. Repeat on the opposite short edge
  10. Repeat steps 7 through 9 for the remaining pieces
  11. Now that all the headboard pieces are made, lay them horizontally on the workspace next to each other with no space in between
  12. Lay one wood trim piece across the top of the boards horizontally, and one wood trim piece on each side of the boards vertically. The two vertical pieces should fit flush underneath the horizontal piece
  13. Drill 1½" screws through the wood trim pieces and into the plywood every 4"
  14. Now attach the French cleat. Measure 4" from the side and 1" from the bottom of the horizontal wood trim, and place the first part of the French cleat with screws up and open side down
  15. The French cleats have holes to drill in the screws. Drill a screw into the last hole on each side, and drill one in the middle
    Carpenter’s Tip: French cleats are designed to hold a lot of weight. Though it’s not necessary, you may drill more screws into the cleats for added reinforcement.
  16. To hang the headboard, place it on the desired space on the wall. Mark the height with a pencil
  17. Place the other end of the French cleat on the wall (screws down, open side up) where it will match the height of the cleat on the back of the headboard. Secure it to the wall by drilling in the screws as you did in step 17
  18. Hang the headboard so the two open sides of the cleat meet