Do-it-yourself French headboard: with the instructions from NOVUS, you can make a creative and unique headboard in hardly any time at all.


We spend almost a third of our lives in the land of Nod, recuperating and recharging our batteries. A cosier atmosphere and lasting relaxation can be achieved in the bedroom with just a few small changes. This is where the bed is at the focus: a home-made bed head can turn a simple divan into a piece of furniture with a look of its own. Designed in elegant French style, it's somewhere to relax on and also adds a touch of colour.

These materials will make the headboard project a complete success.

To make a French bed head, you'll need:

  •  Lightweight wooden board in the width of the bed, approx. 800 mm high, 12 mm or more deep
  •  Foam, cut to the size of the wooden board, approx. 70 mm thick
  •  Covering fabric of your choice (e.g. velvet) (for a bed in a width of 1.60 m, you'll need about 2 m x 1.20m of fabric) as well as the same quantity of non-woven interfacing
  •  12 coverable buttons
  •  An upholstery nail
  •  Thread
  •  Scissors
  •  Tacker (e.g. J-102 DA from Novus) as well as fine wire staples, type A
  •  A drill, screw-on hanger, wall plug, hook

And this is how it's made:

Mark the positions of the 12 buttons and drill two small holes at each button mark.
Step 1: Mark button positions

Step 1: Mark the positions of the 12 buttons on the board in three rows of 4 buttons spaced about 200 mm apart. Now drill two small holes close together at each button mark.

Cut the fabric and the interfacing to the size of the wooden board, adding 15cm all the way round.
Step 2: Cut fabric & interfacing to size

Step 2: Cut the fabric and interfacing to size. Take the dimensions from the size of the wooden board, adding 150 mm all the way round. For a neat finish, cut the corners at a 45-degree slant

To fasten the foam to the board, staple it down with the padding interfacing.
Step 3: Staple foam and interfacing to wooden board

Step 3: The foam is fastened to the board using the interfacing. To do this, lay the interfacing over the foam and staple it down on the back of the board. When covering the board, it is important to pull the material taut and start by stapling down on opposite sides. Now fold the edges of the covering fabric and staple it to the back of the board as well.

Push the upholstery needle with a double strand of thread through the button hole as well as through the upholstery.
Step 4: Attach buttons

Step 4: To attach the buttons, push the upholstery nail with a double strand of thread through a button hole in the board as well as all layers so it comes out at the front.

Attach the buttons by pushing the upholstery needle through the fabric and second button hole. Pull the thread tight and knot it on the back of the board.
Step 5: Thread buttons and knot

Step 5: Thread the button. Now feed the upholstery nail back through all layers of the bed head and push it through the second button hole in the wooden board. For a particularly French look, pull the thread tight and knot it on the back of the board.

Attach an appropriate hanger to the top of the board and fix a hook to the wall.
Step 6: Attach hanger

Step 6: Finally, screw the hanger to the top the board and fix a suitable hook to the wall using the wall plug. You have now finished making the elegant bed head that instantly invites you to relax.



For a secure hold, staple the fabric down with a second row of staples.
Detailed view of covering with fabric


Anyone owing a cable tacker, e.g. the NOVUS J-19 OKY, can use the insulated cable staples for hanging the bed head on the hook.

Once finished, this elegant headboard will add a homely looking accessory to your bedroom.
The finished headboard extends an invitation to relax.

Colour advice:

Don't be afraid of bright colours

Used selectively, a spot of colour can sometimes work wonders in the bedroom, giving a room a completely different feel. When it comes to colour, you can really go to town when choosing your fabric because colour has a positive effect on mood: red arouses energy, love and passion, pale blue instils tranquillity and trust. Green conveys security and harmony, yellow conjures serenity and joy –and this is where anything goes. Combined with curtains, bed linen or other accessories to match, you can create a well-rounded colour concept with a truly personal touch.