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A velvety headboard how-to

Want to revive a MALM bed frame? Give the headboard some cushy velvet padding for a boutique hotel look. Get a closer look at how it’s done.

IKEA has tips for an upholstered headboard how to like this one made from dark blue cotton velvet curtains, foam padding and a MALM bed frame.
IKEA has tips for an upholstered headboard how to like this one made from dark blue cotton velvet curtains, foam padding and a MALM bed frame.

What you’ll need:
MALM bed frame (this one’s 160 cm x 200 cm)
SANELA curtain
Measuring tape
Scissors
Sewing machine/sewing supplies
Double-sided tape

Foam
Thread/ribbon
Staple gun

Want an upholstered headboard how to? IKEA can help with this step-by-step guide to makeover a MALM bed frame with foam and a velvet curtain. This illustrated step shows folding and cutting the curtain.

Step 1 Measure the headboard. Lay out the curtain. Fold it in half. Cut it to the headboard’s size, adding about 5 cm extra to each side.

Want an upholstered headboard how to? IKEA can help with this step-by-step guide to makeover a MALM bed frame with foam and a velvet curtain. This illustrated step shows a sleeve-type cover being made by sewing three sides of the curtain.

Step 2 Sew three sides of the curtain, leaving the ‘bottom’ unsewn. This creates a sleeve that will cover the headboard.

Want an upholstered headboard how to? IKEA can help with this guide to makeover a MALM bed frame with foam and a velvet curtain. This illustrated step shows foam being cut into 7 panels to fit. We cut one bigger panel for the middle.

Step 3 Cut the foam panels. We cut six same-sized panels and one wider panel for the middle. Messy edges? They’re ok. We’ll cover the foam anyway!

Want to upgrade a MALM bed frame from IKEA? Give it a velvet headboard using double-stick tape, foam padding and a curtain. This illustrated step shows foam panels being taped to the headboard.

Step 4 Use double-stick tape to attach the foam panels to the headboard. Line them up with the top and sides.

Want an upholstered headboard how to? IKEA can help with this guide to makeover a MALM bed frame with foam and a velvet curtain. This illustrated step shows the  curtain sleeve being placed over the headboard.

Step 5 Open up the curtain sleeve and slide it onto the foamed headboard.

Want an upholstered headboard how to? IKEA can help with this guide to makeover a MALM bed frame with foam and a velvet curtain. This illustrated step shows a thread being stapled into each groove and onto the front bottom of the headboard.

Step 6 Staple a thread into each groove. Start on the front at the bottom. Repeat for each panel. Pull each thread up and over the headboard and staple to the back. This helps give the panels a rounded, more defined shape. Repeat for each panel/thread until you’re done.

Want more refresh and reuse ideas? Check out our 5 ideas for DIY upgrades.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Emma Parkinson
Photographer: Henrik Petersson
Writer: Marissa Frayer