April 15, 2016

DIY: Tapestry Headboard

Twin fabric panels in a colorful botanical pattern feel like tapestries when placed at the head of the bed. They give the soft look of an upholstered headboard without the fuss and are a great way to try out pattern without making the commitment to wallpaper.

What you’ll need: a curtain rod, fabric and dowels.

Step 1: Choose your fabric and curtain rod. For the fabric, we used 2 yards in an extra-wide statement-making print. For the curtain rod, you’ll want something substantial and weighty.

Step 2: Cut the fabric in half vertically, so you have two pieces that are 2 yards high and about 28″ wide. These will be the two fabric panels. Sew a 1″ hem on the two long sides of each piece.

Step 3: Sew two rod pockets on each piece of fabric: one at the top edge for the curtain rod, and one at the bottom edge for a slim wooden dowel.

Step 4: Measure the height of your finished fabric panels, subtract 2 or 3 inches, and hang the curtain rod that distance above the top of your mattress.

Step 5: Thread the panels onto the curtain rod, leaving a space between them so the outer edges of the fabric hang flush with the edges of the mattress. Insert a wooden dowel into each panel’s bottom pocket to keep it hanging taut.

Author: Kristen Koch

Angus Fergusson


Fabric, Designer Fabrics; curtain rob, RH Restoration Hardware.


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