A plush tufted headboard adds a distinctive air of special and elegance to any bedroom. A bed purchased with this type of tufted wingback headboard can be quite expensive, so making one yourself is an attractive alternative. You can cover the headboard with any type of fabric, although the material chosen should not be high maintenance as you will need to clean it frequently. Soft fabrics like chenille or wool are good choices, while fabrics like slippery satin will make the process more difficult.
A DIY padded headboard and upholstery require a set of mounting holes to attach to the back of the bed. This type of diy tufted wingback headboard also often has holes drilled for the insertion of padding buttons. This is an instance where to measure twice and once drilling is the best course of action, to avoid drilling unnecessary holes in the headboard, or having the headboard look off centered. Cut a piece of cardboard into a perfect square with the sides of the distance you want between tufts. This template can be used to place the holes for cushioning straight, square or rectangular patterns or turned at the end of a diamond pattern.
Measure three inches in each direction from a corner. Measure three inches down each of these marks and mark the point where the lines meet. Place the upper right corner of the template against this mark. Mark the other three corners of the tufted wingback headboard style grid template. Lower the template so that the top and bottom right corners are on the left side marks you just made. Mark the corners on the left and continue up to three inches from the other side of the headboard. Line up the top two corners of the template with the two marks first the bottom and mark the bottom corners. They follow the third row of tufts. For a diamond pattern, mark the upper left corner.
Align the upper right corner with this mark. Tilt the template so it is a diamond tufted wingback headboard pattern and mark the other three corners. Move the template so that the right corner aligned with the left side Mark and mark the other three corners. They follow 3 inches from the other side. Move the template down for the top lines with the first side mark and the right corner is aligned with the first bottom mark and mark the bottom to make the third row. They follow the third row of tufts. Drill through marked holes. These are the guide holes for once your headboard is padded upholstery.