Add style to a bedroom with a fabric headboard.

How to Make a Fabric Headboard With a Curtain Rod

by L. Christine Shepard

Create your own custom bedroom headboard with a curtain rod and fabric. The benefits of this type of headboard include an uncomplicated installation and a wide choice of fabric patterns and colors. Renters who wish to add a punch of color to a room can use the fabric headboard to create a focal point they can take with them if they move. A child’s bedroom can also be enlivened with a fabric headboard -- especially when the fabric is chosen to match bedding, curtains or a wallpaper border.


Measure the area of the wall where you want to place the headboard. The ideal dimensions of your headboard space will be wider than the width of the bed by at least four inches and nearly as high as the length of the wall. Once you have these measurements, select a decorative curtain rod that will extend to the width you need. Using 20-pound anchors, install the rod just below the ceiling. This will ensure your fabric headboard remains securely in place once completed.

Determine the amount of fabric needed for the headboard. If your fabric will be gathered, its width should be 1 1/2 times the width of the curtain rod, and its height should be the length from the top of the rod to the floor, plus 2 inches. Using these dimensions, cut out the fabric with scissors.

Turn the edges of the fabric to the wrong side 1/2 inch twice and pin them in place with straight pins. This creates your hems. Cut excess fabric from the curtain corners and pin them in place. Stitch through the hems with a sewing machine, using a straight stitch.

Attach clip-on curtain rings every 6 inches across the top edge of the fabric headboard and 1/2 inch from each top corner. Slide the curtain rings onto the curtain rod.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Decorative curtain rod
  • 20-pound anchors
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Clip-on curtain rings


  • A flat length of fabric can also be used as a headboard, substituting a gathered fabric effect.


  • Make sure the curtain rod is securely attached to the wall.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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