DIY How to Create a Diamond Tufted Upholstered Headboard

Our bedroom makeover is slowly taking shape and I am happy to report that the headboard is finally done.  If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my stories as I was making it! I had no idea what I was doing as it was my first ever diamond tufted upholstered headboard. It may look scary and unachievable, but with a little patience and hard work you can make your own too!

We started by designing our headboard, after looking at various options and what we could re-create we decided on diamond tufted upholstered headboard (click tp see rough plans) with a frame around it. It was ambitious but we decided we can do it. We cut out the base of the headboard out of plywood and the frame was made out of 2×4 timber (I marked in pencil where the timber will go).

Then it was time to calculate how many buttons will go on the headboard. I marked the board halway and used the button cases and placed them roughly around to see what they would look like, then marked the board (I chose 13 cm spaces as I had purchased larger buttons that the standard size). Once marked, I drilled the holes in plywood for each button.

I used a button making kit to create these buttons.

I decided to use 3″ foam for the headboard as I thought it would give nice cushioning and little contrast with the frame.  I cut out the foam to the size and glued it to the board (remembering to leave the frame).  I  used a bright  coloured marker where the buttons would go (easiest way was putting a needle from the back and marking it that way). I found that the buttons “sat” nicer if I cut out holes in the foam.  I covered the foam with cotton batting and the fabric of our choice.

Make sure you iron the fabric so it is not creased (less is not more when it comes to upholstery so always give yourself a few inches more than you need). I started from the top.  Using the upholstery needle and waxed thread (even though I found that blind cord worked really well too) tie a washer to the end of the thread, this will help you fasten the button.  Push the needle and thread through the board and foam and attach the button, pulling it and fastening at the back with the washer.

Remember to fold the fabric as you go along as it will make it easier for you with the next button (and will look nicer too). Follow to the next button one row after another.

I did iron as I went along to make sure the fabric remained nice and crease free.  When you finish all buttons, stretch and staple the fabric to the board and cut off the excess fabric.

I decided to cover the timber with some foam, but as I didn’t have any thin foam left so I used the underlay we had left over from when the carpets were installed.  I then covered and stapled them with fabric individually.  Then all three pieces were attached to the board with some screws.

The last touch was to add the brass beading, which pulled the fabric together and added the last finishing touch!!

 Affiliate Links to all the supplies (or equivalent):-

Button Making KitUK & USA, 3″ Upholstery FoamUK & USA, Waxed Upholstery ThreadUK & USA, Cotton Batting – UK & USA, Upholstery Needles –  UK & USA, WashersUK & USA, Brass Upholstery StripsUK & USA, Wall paint – Farrow and Ball in Hague Blue

So what do you think? Would you attempt to make your own?

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10 thoughts on “DIY How to Create a Diamond Tufted Upholstered Headboard

  1. That looks so impressive. Not sure I’d ever have the skills or patience! Love the paint colour on your bedroom walls, btw. Very dark and dramatic. I have F&B London Clay on mine. #HomeEtc

  2. Evija I can’t believe you made this!! That sounds so rude I’m sorry but it HONESTLY looks shop-bought it’s amazing. I would never have the first clue how to even begin a project like this X #HomeEtc

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