Turn a Wrought Iron Headboard into an Upholstered Headboard

I am so pleased with the upgrades going on in the master bedroom. From the ampersand string art to the no sew curtains, to the grid gallery wall and curtains on the closets, this room is really taking shape.
One of the last big things that I wanted to update was the headboard. This bed is in great shape & has nothing wrong with it, but the headboard is really out of style. It has curvy metal and, while really pretty, is less my style than it was when I originally bought it (in 2008.)
DIY String Art - Charleston Crafted
Of course, everyone with a pinterest account is upholstering their headboards. So, I figured that I could easily modify this one for an upholstered look.
Now, let me just say, almost every “cheap and easy” project that I attempt ends up WAY more expensive, time consuming, and troublesome than I anticipated. Not this one. It was easy, peasy, chicken squeezey. So, if you’re considering it – go for it!
Here’s what you need:
Here’s what we did:
Lay the peg board down on the foam. Cut the foam to the size of your board plus a 1 inch border around the edge.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Lay it on top of your fabric, bad side up. Pull it TIGHT over the edge and staple. We do a center staple & one on each side, then fill in.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Repeat on the opposite side. Trim excess fabric.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Repeat on the two remaining sides.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
I scotch guarded the entire thing after a lady at Joann’s fabric approached me, asked me what I was planning to use the fabric for, and told me what a terrible idea it was to use white. I replied “YOLO!” but really wasn’t too worried. We don’t have too much trouble with dirtiness and I like white and sometimes what you like takes precedence over practicality. But I already owned scotch guard and decided to give it a coat just to help a little.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
To hang it- we stuck zip ties through the holes in the pegboard & tied it to the existing headboard. We should have inserted the ties before stapling, but didn’t think it through. Sean was able to bend the plastic ties and stick them through the holes without too much trouble.
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
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Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Ta-da! A totally updated headboard!
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
Upholster a Wrought Iron Headboard - Charleston Crafted
As for why we used pegboard and not particle board:
1. It was cheaper at Lowes
2. So we could attach it to the existing headboard without any hardware
3. I originally planned on tufting it. However, I thought this fabric looked better untufted! The peg holes make it easy to line up & attach your tufts!
We love this project and it was SO EASY! I can’t get over it!
Have you had any projects turn out super easy lately??
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14 thoughts on “Turn a Wrought Iron Headboard into an Upholstered Headboard

  1. Hi there,

    Wanting to transform my iron bedframe using this method, do the cable ties secure the board properly or would it be slightly loose?

    Many thanks,

    C, UK

    • Hi Claire! The great thing about these ties is you pull them as tight as you want. We used a lot of ties and pulled them as tight as we could (pull as tight as you can then when you’re done a all go back and give each one an extra tug before trimming!) and it is very tight and does not wiggle. Good luck!

  2. Love it! I want to try it. My daughter wants me to cover the posts as well. Any ideas how I can do this??? Thanks.

  3. built mine this past weekend…came out great! I used an old Latex mattress topper that I chopped into the shape of the pegboard and covered with batting and then fabric. We did a King size bed so we had to use 2 pegboards which I held together overlapping with tie wraps as well to get the perfect length.

  4. What a well done up grade and fantastic tutorial. Mr Cheapskate sees no reason to get a new bed,” We’ve only had this one 10 years. We only sleep in there, no one sees it. What’s it matter?” Will very soon schedule a day off work, send him fishing and do some magic, thanks to you!

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