The Coolest Corner Headboard


For the record, I didn’t call this headboard the coolest.

finished corner headboard


Since I made it, that would be like bragging.


And while I get really excited to share projects (and I am particularly proud of this one), I wouldn’t want to brag about it.


(Too much.)


It was actually my son who called it the coolest, since it’s in his room.  It makes his bed very loungeable.  (He even mentioned it would be totally perfect if he just had a tv in there.  So not happening.)


We recently took down his bunk beds and got him a queen-sized bed to welcome him to his teen years.  Then I showed him this picture of a corner headboard:



He absolutely loved it, so I got to work.


Have I ever made an upholstered headboard before? Absolutely not.  Did that deter me? Well, no.  There are so many great tutorials online my thought was this:  how hard could it be?


And it really wasn’t too bad.  Two aspects proved a little challenging, but the rest went very smoothly.


Challenge #1:  Selecting and finding the fabric.

I really loved the diamond quilted fabric used in the inspiration picture, but the only similar fabric I could find was online, and didn’t have the contrasted stitching like in the photo.

So I found several other options and ran them by the client (aka my 13-year-old), who selected this black, lizard-skin, embossed vinyl.

black vinyl fabric


I’ll spare you the gory details, but finding the yardage I needed took me on a chase all over town (for my local readers think Carmel to Nora to Greenwood to Avon — and I called first!!).  But all’s well that ends well, and I finally got enough, along with some 2″ foam and batting.


I sent the boys out to Lowe’s to get the boards, and before I knew it we were in the garage cutting them to size and sticking on the foam.

making a headboard


wood + foam


For the next step, stapling on the batting and the fabric, I moved up to my office/work room where it was a lot warmer than the garage.  And check this out:


my new staple gun

Someone (the same someone I sent to Lowe’s to purchase the boards) bought me a new staple gun just for this project! (Although a little bird did tell me there might be some other uses for it around here.)


Which brings me to . . .


Challenge #2:  Stapling the corners.

For the record, my fancy staple gun was not the problem.  The staple gun worked like a dream.


It was the vinyl.  Vinyl is thick, a lot thicker than most fabrics.


Also for the record, the inspiration project from the picture was done by a professional upholsterer.


I am not a professional upholsterer.


But after much pulling, stretching, folding, stapling, unstapling and lots of deep breaths, I did it!! And it looks really, really good.  Cool even!


upholstered corner headboard


headboard close-up



corner headboard DIY


I’ve been working on the rest of the room too and will share that with you really soon (there’s a sneak peak of the some of the artwork we came up with in the pictures above).  In the meantime, a very special 13-year-old is enjoying his really cool bed.  Even without the tv.


UPDATE:  I’ve had so many questions about the details of how we made this, that I thought I’d add the project specifications.  Here they are:


1″ plywood for the boards

2″ foam and basic batting

5 yards of vinyl fabric

4 Heavy-duty d-rings for hanging both boards


Table saw to cut boards (or you can have them cut at the store)

Utility knife to cut foam


Staple gun


Headboard – 24″ x 60″; sideboard 24″ x 50″


< $200

Feel free to contact me if you have further questions!


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  • leslie harris February 14, 2013, 12:25 am

    I absolutely think this is the coolest headboard too. Your son is right. And I’m thinking I might do this for my son’s bed at college. You are so creative!

    • Kerry February 14, 2013, 4:01 pm

      Thanks Leslie! My older son now wants one too — just the headboard though, without the corner. Now that I’ve done it once, it should be a little easier next time!

  • Kirsten February 14, 2013, 8:22 pm

    I’m loving so many of your posts lately!! Justin thinks this is a really neat idea too and he’s due for a bed upgrade…I made your sliders the other night. YUM! I think you’ve uncovered Chick-fil-a’s secret recipe because we all thought they tasted a lot like it.

    • Kerry February 16, 2013, 3:37 pm

      Thanks Kirsten! You can totally do this if Justin decides it’s what he wants!

  • Latisha March 17, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I want to do this for my son’s room as well! How did you adhere the headboard to the wall?

    • Kerry March 18, 2013, 9:50 am

      We used two large picture loops screwed into the backs of each of the two boards, so four loops total. You can e-mail me at if you’d like more detailed info!

  • Colin April 28, 2013, 1:32 pm

    What were the costs and dimensions and how did you go about mounting it?

  • Brent November 22, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Hi Kerry,
    This idea is great and I’d like to use it in my spare bedroom. How did you mount the headboards?

    • Kerry November 25, 2013, 11:03 am

      Thanks Brent. We used d-ring picture hangers and anchored screws.

  • Shelika December 11, 2013, 4:35 am

    I love this head road and I am going to make one for my daughter with the
    corner too! Would u mind sharing details of the project?

  • alice January 27, 2014, 7:46 pm

    love the corner headboard…how is is attached? to the bed or the wall? how did you account for the corner..can’t tell from pic

    • Kerry January 28, 2014, 10:43 am

      Alice, we used heavy duty D-rings to hang both boards. The board at the head fits all the way into the corner, while the side board butts right up against the headboard. Hope that helps explain!

  • Vashti jenkins February 1, 2014, 12:47 am

    Hi! You did an awesome job with this head board! I was looking on Google for different options and came across this. I would love to try and make one of my own but I can’t quite understand how the hanging up part is done:( I have read the other remarks you’ve left on other questions about the hanging process but I’m still soo lost lol! If you can “babyfy” this for me that may help. Thanks!

    • Kerry February 6, 2014, 12:58 pm

      No problem — Heavy duty d rings can be found at any hardware store or big box home improvement store. You just screw them onto the boards, then use anchored screws into the wall and hang the boards onto those screws by the rings. I’ll try to take some photos tonight and post them onto my site which should help!

  • sangdoen Ro February 6, 2014, 8:02 pm

    I love this page ..♡♥
    Good idea for my son.

  • Robin July 17, 2014, 3:23 pm

    This looks awesome! I might do this if I can get myself fully motivated. Would you really need to use 1” thick plywood? Couldn’t you use something thinner? I just wondered if you had a reason for using that thick of a plywood.

  • Jenifer September 5, 2014, 10:51 pm

    How did you attach this to the bed frame? I love it and want to do something similar for my daughters bedroom but can’t figure out how you attached it- aside from welding it on which you may have done. Alas, I’m not able to do that I don’t think!