DIY: Mudcloth Headboard

A fun and simple makeover to any headboard starts with your perfect fabric. I’ve thought of painting my dark brown bedframe numerous times to give it a fresh look. And although paint is always a good option, I fell in love with the beauty of mudcloth as soon as I laid eyes on it. I purchased my very first mudcloth from D+K Renewal, the cutest online boutique for the world traveler or those who desire to be. I had so many ideas; one mudcloth blanket wasn’t enough for me. I wanted it draped over my couch, made into pillows, hung as a tapestry, and that was only the beginning. More mudcloth, please!

Fabric and a heavy duty stapler were all I needed to create my makeshift upholstered headboard. I opted not to use form, however you will need batting and/or foam to cover the headboard if you’d rather have a traditional upholstered frame. I stapled the mudcloth into place after positioning it where I wanted it. To prevent bunching or ripping from daily use, draw the cloth taut and bind the top, sides, and bottom of the fabric. The entire process was so easy to do! No need to remove the headboard or dissemble the bedframe. If you can staple, then this project is the one for you.


  • Mudcloth fabric (used 66″ x 45″ fabric for queen size headboard)
  • Heavy duty staplers

What’s not to love about a good before and after?

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5 Quick and Easy Steps to Upholster Your Headboard the Lazy Way

I went to a local thrift shop and scored a great price on a Casaluna duvet and a crocheted blanket from Threshold. The ideal duo to give my bed all the cozy, year round fall vibes.


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