Feb 25, 2013

Upholstered headboard tutorial- diy (how to diamond tuft)

Long post coming up!!!
I've been dying to finish the headboard for my bedroom, and finally, I managed to buy another electric stapler, so I got the job done in three days time... I would never be able to work without being stopped to serve dinner, or make a meal or just serve water to the kids:)). So it took me three days!
I already did a headboard for the girls bedroom here, but, let me just say, this is harder work!! Diamond tufting is a pain, but sooo rewarding!!
I would have loved to use a black velvet, but I couldn't find any in my town, and over the internet it would have taken too long, so I worked with what I had, a black drapery fabric, with a bit of sheen, but not as much as it shows in the pictures.
Sneak peek:

Here are the steps:

1. Cut the particle board to the size and shape desired. For this I used a piece of cartboard to trace the shape, but only half of the shape, and then flipped it and used it to trace the other half. This ensures you have a symmetrical headboard. Then drill holes where you want the buttons to go. I measured 12 cm squares, and drilled holes  in order to create the diamond tufts. This is what I got at this point:

2. Glue the foam to the board. Then, using a cutter, cut  the foam following the shape of the board. I glued the side I measured on, therefore I had to paint the holes  on the back of the particle board to get the overall view better.

3. Using a long needle, pass the needle through the board and foam, marking the foam where the holes are.

4. Using a plastic pipe I cut holes in the foam, be sure to use a slightly bigger diameter than the buttons. Hard work here, my whole body ached after this step!! I also had to sharpen the pipe with a knife as after 15 holes, it didn't cut through the foam anymore. My headboard had 47 buttons!!

5.Now it's time to lay the padding on the foam. I chose a very thick padding, it worked great!!

6. Be sure to iron your fabric and then lay it on top of the padding. Now, use  an upholstery needle and thread, starting from behind and through the hole; pass the thread through the button, then go back through the hole. This is frustrating and time-consuming, as you're going in blind, but suck it up and continue!! Staple after pulling really hard so the button touches the particle board!! Sooo hard!!:(( Staple in different directions and use a hammer to be sure the staples hold the thread good.

Work horizontally and start from the middle. After you finished doing the hirizontal buttons continue with the ones in between, thus creating the diamond tufts. Use your hands to create the diamonds, the fabric helps you a lot, as it wants to sit in a diamond shape!!

7. Then I stapled the padding.

8. In the end I stapled the fabric.

9. Add those beautiful diamond-like nails. I would have liked to add them to the front of the headboard, but , because I chose a very thick foam (10 cm) they didn't work nicely. So I chose to nail them on the width of the particle board. I love them, they are just like a little hidden surprise!! 

Here is the finished diamond tufted headboard:

Told you I was going to post many pictures!!!:)))
This is it!! Now, I just have to wrap it nicely in plastic and transport it to the house and into my bedroom!! Yeeeyy!!
I worked really hard on this project, and I am happy with how it turned out. Do you like it??


All images property of houseatheart.blogspot.ro

Later edit: Here is how the headboard looks in the bedroom:

For more pictures of the bedroom, click here:


  1. where did you buy the nails from? I have a vintage chair that I'd like to upholster with nails (not diamond though) and I have no idea where to buy them from.

    the headboard is very nice, good job (too much black for me though, but then again you already know that).

  2. Ebay is where I got them from, but I think you can find them here too.

  3. Gorgeous Ozana!! Amazing amazing job, I love it!

  4. Superb!!Dupa munca si rasplata!E extraordinar de frumoasa,trebuie sa ai si talent sa poti face asa ceva!!

  5. Daca nu ma lauda familia, atunci cine?!:)))

  6. Superb,draguta! Keep up the good work!

  7. Oh it's beautiful Ozana! I love it, the black is so dramatic and I'm sure it will be the focal point of your new bedroom. The hard work was all worth it!

  8. Thank you, Lisa!! I love it too!:) I can't wait to use it!!

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  10. I love it! You did an awesome job - I'd say it was worth all the aching muscles :-) The diamond studs around the edge of the particle board are a great finishing touch.

    Enjoy your new beautiful headboard :-)

  11. No pain, no gain, right?! Thanks for the nice comment, Kelly!!

  12. Amazing Ozana! I don't know how you have the patience, I would have cried after the first hole!

  13. I almost did the same, Dawna!!:))

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  16. Foarte frumos! Ce fel de spuma ai folosit? Nu ma pricep si nu mi-am dat seama din poze. Multumesc!

  17. Multumesc, Anonymous! Nu este spuma, este un burete normal cu grosimea de 10 cm. Dupa 8 luni de folosinta, inca este ca la inceput!
    Multumesc pt. comentariu. Daca mai ai intrebari, iti voi raspunde cu placere!

  18. your headboard looks great! where did you buy your foam from and how much did you spend on it?

  19. your headboard looks GREAT!!!! where did you buy your foam? And how much did you spend on the foam?

  20. Thank you, Davina! I am from Romania, and I bought the foam directly from the producer, so the price was really low. Here, in Romania, foam is cheap, but I know that in the USA or other countries it is more expensive. I really wanted a diamond tufted headboard, so I know I would have pais more on it if that were the case!

  21. Superba! Ma apuc si eu de treaba :) O sa ma ajute si sotul la gaurit buretele, sau o fac cu masina de gaurit, am vazut pe youtube ca se poate si asa. Ma bucur ca ti-am gasit blogul, imi este foarte folositor mai ales ca ne mutam in casa noua si nu mai avem bani de mobila. Asa ca o sa ne apucam sa facem noi.
    Imi spui te rog de unde iti iei materialele in general? Am vazut ca ai un dulap vopsit cu chalk paint. Ai luat vopseaua de pe net? Cat ai dat pe ea? Eu stiu ca-s destul de scompe culorile astea. Chiar ai dat direct, fara sa mai dai jos lacul, cum spune reclama?

    1. Multumesc, ma bucur ca ti place cum a iesit! Si eu am ales sa mai fac cate ceva prin casa, sa mobilezi atatea camere de la zero e foarte costisitor!:) Multa bafta va urez, poate ne arati rezultatul dupa ce iti termini proiectele!:)
      Vopseaua Annie Sloan am cumparat o din America, cu ajutorul unei prietene. e scumpa si am platit si transportul foarte mult. Exista si pe Amazon, daca ai noroc gasesti culoarea care ti place!
      La intrare am pus comoda vopsita cu Annie Sloan, a rezistat foarte bine, are aproape un an jumatate, nu a sarit vopseaua deloc, o sterg si cu o laveta umeda, fiind la intrare, o lovesc fiicele mele cu varful incaltamintei si lasa urme. Sunt foarte multumita de ea.
      Daca ti cumperi vopsea Annie Sloan, sa iei si ceara, ca ea de fapt intareste vopseaua. Am aplicat exact peste finisajul lucios al comodei. Mai multe detalii poti vedea aici:
      In link exista si poza cu comoda inainte de vopsire.
      Sper sa te ajute informatiile!


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