How to Upholster a Bed Frame

Looking for a fun and rewarding project that will help you bring new life to your bedroom? Upholstering your own bed frame is a great way to get creative with fabric and breathe some new spirit into any room. Not only is the finished product beautiful but also it’s worth bragging about since you completed it yourself!

How to Upholster a Bed Frame

In this blog post, we’ll break down step by step how to upholster a bed frame from start to finish. Whether you are an experienced designer looking for a challenge or an amateur do-it-yourselfer, now is the perfect time to create something amazing in the comfort of your home. Let’s get started!

Tools and Materials You Will Need to Upholster a Bed Frame

  1. A bed frame
  2. Upholstery fabric
  3. Polyester stuffing material
  4. Foam padding
  5. Measuring tape
  6. Scissors & cutting knife
  7. Tacks or staples and a hammer or staple gun 
  8. Glue gun with glue sticks (optional)
  9. Protective gloves (optional)

Step-by-Step Guidelines on How to Upholster a Bed Frame

Step 1: Measure and Cut the Fabric

Start by measuring out the fabric to fit your bed frame. In some cases, you may need to sew pieces together if it’s too large or small for your measurements. Once cut, leave a few extra inches around the edges so that you can attach the fabric to the frame. Measuring and cutting the fabric is the most important step as it will determine how everything else looks. 

Step 2: Attach Polyester Stuffing Material

Cut or tear the polyester stuffing material into small pieces and begin attaching it to the frame. Use a hammer or staple gun to secure the stuffing in place. Make sure to stuff each corner properly and press hard against all surfaces for a secure fit. This will add extra padding and comfort to the bed frame.

Use a Hammer or Staple Gun to Secure

Step 3: Apply Foam Padding

Start by cutting foam padding into pieces that will fit onto each side of the frame. Make sure to cut precisely so that it fits snugly around all edges. Secure the foam padding in place with tacks or staples and a hammer or staple gun, making sure it won’t come loose. Applying foam padding is an important step as it will provide extra cushion for the frame and keep the fabric in place.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric

Now it’s time to attach the fabric you measured and cut in step 1. Begin by stretching out the fabric over the frame carefully and attaching it with tacks or staples, using a hammer or staple gun. Make sure to press hard against all sides for a secure fit. If needed, you can use a glue gun to attach the fabric in certain areas. While attaching the fabric, be sure to leave an extra inch or two around the edges for a finished look.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Once the fabric has been successfully attached and secured, you can get creative with your bed frame by adding decorative items such as trim or buttons. Just make sure everything is securely fastened so that it won’t come loose over time.

Successfully Attached and Secured

And that’s it! You’ve just upholstered your own bed frame! Now you can sit back and admire your work – a unique and beautiful piece of furniture to show off in any room of the house.

Additional Tips and Tricks to Upholster a Bed Frame

  1. Before you begin to upholster your bed frame, it is important to make sure that all of the tools and materials needed for the project are on hand. Double-check that you have a staple gun or nail gun, fabric, batting, scissors, and any additional decorative trims. Having all of these supplies ready will ensure you have a successful project.
  2. It is important to measure the area of your bed frame that you would like to upholster before you begin cutting the fabric. Measure twice, cut once! This will ensure that you have enough fabric and that it fits properly on your bed frame.
  3. After measuring and cutting the fabric, it is important that you lay it out on the floor and make any adjustments necessary. This will help ensure that there are no visible wrinkles in the fabric once it is attached to the bed frame.
  4. Once you have adjusted your fabric, begin stapling or nailing the fabric to your bed frame. Be sure to pay extra attention to the corners and edges of the bed frame to ensure that the fabric is secure.
  5. After your fabric is stapled or nailed to the bed frame, it is time to add batting. If you choose to put batting on your bed frame, be sure that you measure and cut pieces large enough to properly cover all of the surfaces of your bed frame.
  6. Finally, you may choose to add decorative trims such as buttons or piping to the edges of your bed frame for a finished look. Be sure that you attach these securely with staples or nails and enjoy your newly upholstered bed frame!

Following these tips and tricks will help you create a beautiful upholstered bed frame that will last for years to come. With the proper preparation, tools, and materials, you can have a stunning piece of furniture in no time!  Good luck with your project!

Things You Should Consider to Upholster a Bed Frame

1. Choose the Right Fabric: 

Selecting the right fabric for your bed frame is crucial as it will determine how long your upholstered bed frame will last. Upholstery fabric should be strong, durable, and have good resistance to wear and tear. It should also be able to withstand spills and stains; look for fabric with a high rub count if possible.

Selecting the Right Fabric for Your Bed Frame

2. Understand Your Bed Frame: 

Before upholstering, it is important to understand the structure of your bed frame and how its components function together. Knowing this information will help you determine where to place the fabric and how much fabric you will need for each section. Additionally, pay attention to any curves or corners on the bed frame as these will require special attention when upholstering.

3. Gather Your Supplies: 

Before beginning, make sure to have all of the necessary supplies on hand. Depending on what type of bed frame you are upholstering, this may include staples, screwdrivers, fabric scissors, padding, foam, and upholstery tools.

4. Do a Trial Run: 

Before starting on your bed frame, it is helpful to practice the technique you plan to use on an old piece of furniture or a scrap piece of wood or fabric. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the process and make sure you are comfortable with the steps before beginning on your bed frame.

5. Take Your Time: 

Upholstering a bed frame does take some time, so don’t rush through it. Take your time measuring, cutting, and fitting the fabric to ensure that everything fits together properly. It is also important to make sure that you are not pulling the fabric too tight as this could cause damage to the bed frame.

With these considerations in mind, you can begin upholstering your bed frame and create a beautiful piece of furniture that will last for years to come. With the right supplies and technique, you’ll soon have an upholstered bed frame that looks great and gives any bedroom an updated look. Best of luck with your project!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Fabric Do I Need for Upholstering a Bed Frame?

The amount of fabric you need depends on the size of your bed frame. As a general rule, you will need about 7 yards of fabric for a twin-sized bed frame, 10 yards for a full-sized bed frame, 12 yards for a queen-sized bed frame, and 15 yards for a king-sized bed frame.

You Need Depends on the Size of Your Bed Frame

Is Upholstering a Bed Frame Difficult?

Upholstering a bed frame is relatively straightforward but it does require time and patience to do it properly. You may want to enlist the help of an upholstery expert if you are unsure of how to go about the task. It also helps to have someone with experience in sewing and fabric selection guide you through the process.

What Type of Fabric is Best for Upholstering a Bed Frame?

The type of fabric you choose will depend on your personal preferences and budget. Generally, heavier fabrics are preferred as they are more durable and easier to work with. You may also want to consider stain-resistant fabrics if you have children or pets.

Can I Upholster a Bed Frame Without Using Batting?

Yes, you can upholster a bed frame without using batting. However, it is generally recommended that you use some type of padding or filling as this will provide an additional layer of comfort and support for your mattress. Additionally, it will also help to protect the fabric from wear and tear.


Knowing how to upholster a bed frame correctly is a great way to add some unique style or comfort to any room. Before starting the process, it’s important to gather all of the necessary tools and materials that you need. You should also make sure that you have the correct amount of fabric for your bed frame size as well as selecting a suitable type of fabric.

Finally, don’t forget that you can upholster a bed frame without using batting, but it may be beneficial to include some padding or filling for extra comfort and protection. With the right tools and techniques, anyone can successfully upholster their own bed frame. Good luck!

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Jennifer Branett

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