How to Hang an Upholstered Headboard


Headboards are like the centerpiece of a bedroom. There's nothing like having a beautiful headboard to be the center of attraction for your bedroom. Headboards can provide rooms with a touch of elegance, a pop of color, an architectural flair, or just a cozy feeling. Your headboard can be upholstered in just about any fabric style and texture you can think of. But if you can't get it up on the wall, then it's just not doing you any good. Mounting a headboard does not have to be rocket science. Just use a little preparation and a little more elbow grease and you're almost there. Use the tips to help you get the job done.


Step 1

Begin with an upholstered headboard that fits the width of your bed.

Step 2

Measure the distance from the floor to 1 inch above the mattress. Mark this spot to place the bottom of the headboard here. Use the same measurements to mark the placement of the two 1-inch by 4-inch lumber posts.

Step 3

Lay the headboard (wrong side up) on a flat surface. Attach the two 1-inch by 4-inch wood posts to the back of the headboard using wood screws. The length of the wood posts can be adjusted depending on the height of the headboard. Place these two pieces approximately 5 inches inside the edge of the head board.

Step 4

Locate studs in the wall. Drill wall mount brackets into the studs on a level line. Lean the headboard against the wall to mark the corresponding location of the bracket on the headboard. Drill mounting bracket into headboard. *Tip: Place brackets as wide apart as possible to create a secure mount. Use at least two brackets.

Step 5

Lift the headboard onto the wall to interlock the brackets.

Step 6

Secure the two lumber posts to the wall by drilling in wood screws. Use at least 4 screws on each post.

Step 7

Restore the bed to the proper position. Take care to place the mattress as flush against the wall and centered beneath the headboard as possible. Decorate with pillows, accent pillows, comforters, and throws.

Things You'll Need

  • Upholstered headboard
  • 2 pieces of 1 inch by 4 inch lumber (length depends on height of headboard)
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • 2 wall mount brackets
  • Measuring tape


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About this Author

Sherita Smedley is a freelance writer whose work often focuses on women's issues. She teaches English at Central Texas College, and her short story "The Hour" was published in "The GNU Literary Journal." Smedley holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Valdosta State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University.

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