A DIY Tufted Headboard | An IKEA Hack for a Toddler Bed

A DIY Tufted Headboard – IKEA toddler bed hack

I knew I wanted to have a tufted headboard for Reese’s bedroom, but I wasn’t going to go and buy a huge new bed. I also wanted her to stay in a toddler bed, cause she’s so little and I hope she never grows out of it!!

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First off, I am a big fan of IKEA hacks. I think it’s silly to spend so much money on kid furniture that will be upgraded in just a few years, and yet, I really wanted her bed to look a little more put together than a plain little bed, now that she’s growing and will be a big sister soon!

We started with the SNIGLAR Bed from from IKEA, for $69. I couldn’t even find a used one locally for better than that! I sprayed the whole thing in an off white and then found a fabric for the headboard that was slightly off white to match.

SNIGLAR IKEA toddler bed hack DIY headboard


I searched pinterest for the shape of headboard that I liked, because there are so many options and I love this shape for a toddler bed. I had my handy former drafting husband to help with the wood part and he used his nerdy engineering skills to draw a completely symmetrical design and then cut it with a jigsaw. The wood is exactly the same width of the bed frame, and sits about 6 inches above the existing frame.

DIY Tufted Headboard IKEA Hack wood

I had him draw me dots in perfect squares, as shown, and then pre-drill them with a tiny bit.

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The fabric I used is just a white thin canvas material, so it felt kind of like upholstery but would be easy to manipulate. I just covered some batting and stapled the fabric to the back. {For the deeper, more dramatic tufted look, you need to use foam and cut holes in the foam before adding the buttons.} Because we pre-drilled the holes, it was easy to attach the buttons. I basically sewed them on at all of the holes, using a wider/flat button on the back and the covered pearl button on the front {Use upholstery thread for this and attach both buttons via one hole}. If you were attaching this headboard to a frame, you could cover the back with a thin piece of plywood in the same shape to cover the staple/fabric mess in the back.

I think the change adds the perfect amount of whimsy and takes the “kid-look” out of the cheap furniture. With the table and mini shelves {also from IKEA}, we were really proud of our quick projects.

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To see more of Reese’s Ice Cream bedroom, check out these posts too!

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DIY tufted headboard for a toddler bed. IKEA hack!


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About Meg

I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at [email protected] to work with me!

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