How to Make a No-Sew Upholstered Headboard

Who doesn't love plush upholstered headboards? I go completely gaga over anything tufted and tall. This is why I have plans for a really grand headboard in my small house. However, other projects are ahead on the to-do list.

I thought I would share with you the headboard I made in my last house. This is super easy to make and it is perfect if you rent! It is easy to mount and then take down again to move.

Three euro-sized pillow shams are the perfect length across to do a king-sized headboard. However, you can do the same thing for a full-sized or queen-sized bed. You will just make your squares a tad smaller. This is how I did it.

Shopping List

  • Paint
  • 3 Euro Shams or Fabric
  • Poly Shield Styrofoam Insulation
  • Batting
  • Shipping Tape
  • Spray Glue
  • Drywall Screws
  • 2 1/2" Finishing Nails 
  • 2 - 1 x 4 Pine Boards
  • 1 - 1 x 6 Pine Board
  • Double Sticky Tape
  • 3 - Fabric Kit Buttons



1. Paint the wall the same color as the pillow shams in the area where the headboard will be.

2. Cut the boards the length you will need them to outline the pillow shams after they are covered. Use the 1 x 4's on the sides and the 1 x 6 on the top. Paint them the same color as the pillow shams. This is what we will call the "frame".

3. Measure the distance between the inner edges of the headboard frame and divide by three. This will be the length you cut the foam insulation. Cut them into squares.

4. Cover each square with batting. You can do it as cushy as you want. I attached it with spray glue.

5. Cover each square with one euro sham, making sure it is centered and secure on the back using shipping tape.

6. Install the center panel first. Secure it to the wall with one drywall screw right through the middle of the shame, batting, and insulation. You may want to pre-drill a hole if you find your batting is twisting too much in the drywall screw. I just took my time and went slow.

7. Attach your trim, making the frame around your headboard with the finishing nails.

8. Make three buttons using a cover button kit. I used these. I cut some of the sham fabric from the edge of the sham that would be folded over and taped to the back of a square.

9. Hand sew to the center of each panel to cover up the drywall screw.

Just because you live in a small house, or have a small bedroom, it doesn't mean you can't have a headboard with big design!