How To Reupholster A Leather Headboard: Steps And Items Needed


Steps And Items Needed To Reupholster A Leather Headboard

The upholstered leather headboard delivers as welcome and cushy backrest as you sit or read on your bed. Even if you've used your same leather headboard for many years or found one with a shape suited according to your style then the fabric on that headboard may not be thoroughly what you have in your mind for the current decor in the room. Preferably than sending your headboard off to an upholstery shop to have someone else to recover it, rehabilitate it yourself with your favorite leather upholstery fabric, and fresh batting. If you want to reupholster a leather headboard then collect all the given items and start your work without wasting your precious time:

Things You Will Need

  1. Vacuum Cleaner
  2. Soft Brush
  3. Upholstery Fabric At Least A Foot Longer And Wider Than The Headboard
  4. Fabric Batting To Match The Fabric
  5. Stickpins
  6. Staple Gun
  7. Scissors

Steps For This Project

  • First of all, you need to remove dust from your existing leather headboard fabric by simply vacuuming it or brushing it with the help of a soft-bristled brush.
  • The next thing is to remove your pillows and then you need to pull bedding away from your leather headboard, if your headboard is attached to your bed. Now you need to slide your mattress and also your box spring away from your headboard if indispensable to reach completely around your headboard. Next you need to pull your bed out a few feet from your wall. You can skip this procedure if your leather headboard is not attached to your bed.
  • Next you need to set the leather upholstery fabric face-down on your clean floor or on your work surface. Now you have to spread the batting out atop your fabric and then start smoothing it with the help of your hands so the two materials are now accurately aligned.
  • Next, simply secure the batting to your leather fabric every few inches with the help of stick pins along the top edge of your leather fabric for accessible manipulation. Either wide end of your leather fabric can become the top unless the pattern has a specific top and bottom.
  • Now you need to drape your fabric and your batting set over your existing leather headboard so the batting touches your existing headboard upholstery. Center the materials over your headboard in all directions. Next, insert stickpins moderately through with the new materials and into the extant upholstery to hold them in place along with the top edge of your headboard if indispensable to keep them in place.
  • Now you need to staple your batting and fabric to the back of your headboard along the top every few inches while standing behind your headboard. Pull your new batting & fabric taut as you staple to remove the ripples.
  • Grab the bottom edges of your batting & fabric from behind your headboard by pulling them up over the bottom of your headboard. Staple your materials near 1 bottom corner of the back of your headboard, staple every few inches as you keep your materials pulled tight with your hand.
  • Now its time to pull your loose fabric and batting from one side of your leather headboard around to the back, tucking in the bottom and top edges as if wrapping a gift. Now you need to staple your materials all the way along the back vertical edge, adding a few extra staples along with folded corners on the back of your leather headboard. Repeat this process with the remaining side.
  • Finally you need to trim any extra leather fabric from the back of your leather headboard by using your scissors to create a neat and uniform appearance.

Tips For This Process

  1. Your upholstery fabric is thicker and more suited to use on the headboard than the thin fabrics such as silk or linen especially designed for clothing.
  2. The batting is not indispensable when reupholstering your headboard, but this will add an extra amount of cushioning.
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