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DIY Nailhead Trim Headboard

My master bedroom has been in the works for some time now and it’s finally coming together. Still a few more pieces to put together before I reveal the whole thing, but the big stuff is done.

My latest project is the nail head trim headboard.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Piece of 3/4 inch plywood (have the store cut it to size for you)
  • 1/2 inch foam (Use a 50% off coupon!  This stuff is not cheap.)
  • Batting
  • Nailhead Trim Kit ( I got mine from
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • D-Ring Picture hanging hooks

Start by laying out your foam on the plywood and cutting it down to fit your board.

Working in small sections, spray the adhesive on the board and press your foam into place.

I then transferred the whole thing from my garage into my bedroom .

Lay out your batting and fabric over the board and cut it to size.  Make sure you have at least 3 inches extra length around each side.

Layer your materials starting with the fabric (right side facing down), batting, and then the board (foam side down).

You’ll want to cut the corners out a bit to make it easier to work with.  I started with cutting out just a small section and then cut more as I went along to minimize the bulk in the back.  If it’s too bulky, it won’t sit flat on the wall.

Secure everything to the back of the board with your staple gun.  Make sure to pull the fabric and batting very tight as you go.  I started by securing all sides with a few staples in the center.  This helps to make sure the fabric is stretched evenly and there are no bunched parts.  Then continue around the board until everything is secure.

Here is a look at the corners.  There is no exact way to do it.  Just pull your fabric tight, cut out what excess bulk you can, and go to town.

Time for the nailhead trim.  This part took me a little practice and I did have to pull out a whole row and start over.  Once I got the hang of it, it went pretty quick.  So don’t get discouraged if you are having a hard time at first.  The hard part was getting it straight.  With a trim kit, you only have to nail in every 5th nail, so it’s much easier to get it straight as opposed to nailing each one in separately.  I found that it works best to nail in about 3 holes and then stand back to make sure it looks straight from a distance.  This is much easier than realizing your row isn’t straight after you’ve finished.  It is not fun to pull these out.

Make sure you use a rubber mallet to hammer in the nails.  A regular hammer will scratch the nails and take off the finish.  My cute little boy helped me hold everything in place so I could take this picture–It’s impossible to take a picture and hammer in a nail at the same time.

I didn’t take a picture of the hooks, but it’s really simple.  Use D-ring picture hanging hooks and attach them to the back of the headboard.  Secure screws into studs in the wall and hang the hooks on the nails.

Here is it is all finished.

My total cost for all supplies and fabric was $100.00 for a King size bed.  The West Elm one would have cost me $509.00 for that size.  I’m so happy with the results.  Our bed finally has some presence and I love the finished look it gives the room.

I’m linking up to some of these parties.


  1. Jaclyn says:

    I would love for you to link this up at my Make it for less Mondays at!

    This is so cute and easy to do! I just love the look of it!

  2. Great job & great tutorial! I’ve been wanting to try this project for my master bedroom. I love your finished headboard and might just give it a try this weekend. Where did you get your fabric?

  3. Anny says:

    WOW This look fabulous and actually do-able. Great job :D

  4. tammy says:

    this is great! i have a party that goes from tues-thurs, i would love it if you shared this.

  5. Ann says:

    You did a fantastic job! I LOVE how it turned out.

  6. It looks JUST LIKE the West Elm one!! Great job! Thanks so much for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

  7. Nice work! It turned out great! I have had fabric and plywood waiting for me to get going on an upholstered headboard for over a year now. (I just have to get a good deal on the foam…) You are inspiring me to finally get going on that! Thanks!

  8. tammy says:

    thanks for sharing this at my party!! i love it.

  9. I just love how this turned out! Looks very professional. I did a headboard for my son’s room and hope to do one for our master. I will have to bookmark this because I love the nail head trim!

  10. Becky says:

    Wow, perfection!! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  11. AllieMakes says:

    That is AWESOME nail head strips! Fantastic job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  12. This turned out great and nice job on your tutorial! I’m planning on making a headboard with my hubby so trying to get lots of ideas for it. I’m featuring you in my flaunt it friday features, stop by and grab an “I was featured” button if you’d like. Thanks for linking up! :)

  13. $100! For real? This headboard looks great!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice! Hope to see you back this week, Heidi…

  14. J says:

    Hi this is great ! How much yardage did you need to cover the headboard – I’d love to do this project next week on my time off ! Thank you ! – J

  15. Nicole says:

    You did such a great job! It looks very professional! What a difference a nice headboard makes in a room! I am going to make one soon and I found your tutorial to be very helpful! If you don’t mind sharing, where did you find your fabric? I am interested in the same type — going for a linen look. Here’s my email,


  16. Terry Mousseau says:

    Did you attach the headboard to the frame? Does it go to the floor? Does if feel secure with just the D-rings?

  17. Heidi says:

    I mounted it directly to the wall using D-ring picture hooks. You just attach the hooks directly to the back of the board and then hook it onto anchored screws in the wall. It is very secure! We haven’t had one one problem after 2 years. It doesn’t go all the way to the floor. It sits just a few inches lower than the top of our bed.


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