Headboard Foam Cut To Size & Template - DIY Guide

Does Your Headboard Make a Statement!

Your headboard is perhaps the most important focal point in your bedroom, so getting the right look is vital to achieving your dream. In recent years it seems that headboards are getting bigger and bolder. It is such an easy way to add instant colour and individual design to your room. The internet is full of great ideas if you need inspiration!

So why not try a DIY project that will instantly transform your room, without breaking the bank.

This is a basic guide, but there are so many more ideas you can choose, including adding stud detailing.

You Will Need

  • 9mm plywood cut to size
  • ½” – 2” thick upholstery foam to cover one side of the plywood – This is where we can help. See our guide below.
  • Upholstery fibre wadding, 10-15cm larger than your plywood - available by the metre from us or can be wrapped around as an option at checkout by selecting "Fibre" (please note when selecting fibre that we cover all surfaces of the foam with fibre).
  • Enough of your chosen fabric to wrap around your headboard, plus an extra 20cm in width and height
  • Permanent marker
  • Utility knife
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric scissors
  • Spray adhesive – available here
  • Fixings to mount your headboard to the wall


1. Ensure that the foam and plywood are the same size and shape, then  glue the foam to the plywood using spray adhesive (take care to open windows and wear a mask) and let this dry.

2. Spread the wadding out and centre the headboard on top, foam side down. Staple the wadding to the back of the plywood, pulling it taut as you go to avoid ripples.

3. Iron your fabric and then place it on a table or floor, right side down. Ensure it is flat and wrinkle-free. Place the headboard on top with the plywood back facing you. If your fabric has a repeating pattern, such as a stripe, you may want to ensure that it is equally spaced so that it looks even.

4. It is best to start in the middle of the top edge working outwards and pulling tightly as you go, staple the fabric to the back of the wood. Then repeat the process on the bottom, followed by the two sides. When you reach the corners, fold the fabric as neatly as you can. When finished trim any excess fabric.

5. We always recommend you attach your headboard to the wall using some appropriate fixings.


Here at http://www.wecutfoam.co.uk we can provide a foam pad cut to the exact size and shape you need. Nothing is too difficult for our expert team. We have many different types of foam to ensure you can achieve the look you want. Normally we can do this from your dimensions, but in some circumstances we would ask for a template.

Foam Guide:

We know that picking the correct foam can be a daunting process. For headboards we recommend a depth of between ½” and 2”. The thicker foam will look more luxurious and plush and would be better if you are adding any stud detail for example. 

People tend to go with the meidum 33 foam for headboards however you can go softer or firmer depending on the feel you want.

All our foam is British Made and all grades (other than our grey packaging foam) meet British Fire standard BS5852.

If you are unsure about what type of foam to purchase or want any advice please either call us on 01752 204061 or email hello@wecutfoam.co.uk. Our friendly team will be happy to assist you.