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Reupholster Your Mattress Body in One Afternoon (With a No-Sew Possibility Too)!


It’s possible you’ll assume that title sounds too good to be true, but it surely’s not! I had been eyeing an attractive pink velvet mattress for a number of months, but it surely was too costly to ever truly pull the set off on.

We now have a reasonably small bed room, and having giant darkish items of furnishings doesn’t assist the room really feel its largest/brightest. However when a mattress is cloth, you possibly can’t simply repaint it whenever you get bored with the colour.

So what’s a lady to do? Reupholster the mattress body!

Isn’t {that a} loopy distinction in simply at some point?! I’ll present you what I did with mine, and provide you with selections to do issues the simpler no-sew route in case you would somewhat. Or, you are able to do 10 minutes of very fundamental stitching—it’s as much as you!

extensive bolt upholstery or multi-use cloth in your colour of selection (extensive sufficient to cowl your headboard and be wrapped across the again, the blush cloth I selected was 54″ extensive). I used about 5.5 yards for my mattress.
extensive bolt white cloth as an underlayment (optionally available however useful when you have skinny main cloth and are going from a darkish mattress to a light-weight mattress)*
electrical staple gun and 1/2″ staples
cloth scissors and straight pins

*NOW, BEFORE WE BEGIN, I’ll let you realize that my mattress took just a little longer to cowl than yours most likely will due to two issues: the material I preferred finest was on the thinner facet and the mattress I used to be masking was a brilliant darkish colour.

If I didn’t cowl the mattress in white cloth first, then the blush pink would look type of boring since you’d be seeing a few of the darkish gray coming by way of, however by masking it in white first, you bought the complete blush colour.

In case you aren’t going from a really darkish mattress to a really mild coloured mattress OR when you have a thicker backed cloth like an upholstery grade cloth then you definately most likely gained’t want to do that step.

Simply lay your cloth selection over your mattress body and in case you can’t see any of the colour beneath coming by way of, then skip the white cloth step—quicker and cheaper!

OK! So, most cloth lined beds are available 4 items (headboard, two facet rails, and a footer) that join with some kind of {hardware} items such as you see above.

Most beds come aside like that as a result of it’s each simpler for the producer to wrap the items individually, and who has a home with doorways and hallways large enough to maneuver a full-sized mattress into rooms if it doesn’t come aside, proper?

You can even see above that the mattress was initially lined with cloth after which stapled into place, and that’s principally what we’re going to do too!

As soon as we had taken aside every of the rails (and eliminated that picket backbone half within the center that holds the mattress up) we additionally took off the connecting {hardware} on every part, too.

Make certain to label the place each bit goes and what course it faces so you possibly can put it again collectively on the finish.

I additionally counsel jotting down a fast measurement of the place the {hardware} is related on every board so you possibly can simply discover that spot once more if you find yourself masking that space with cloth.

For instance, 8″ in from the skin edge and 1/2″ up from the underside sort of measurements. 

I additionally unscrewed the legs from the header and footer and made a observe of the place these holes have been situated.

Your legs could have a plate they connect to or simply go immediately into the wooden, so take away the plate if there may be one there. 

The Stitching Possibility

I laid the headboard onto a piece of my white cloth (with the correct facet of the material going through the headboard) that was large enough to wrap the headboard, and wrapped and pinned the material across the again. Be sure you get the material clean and tight.

The small part of stitching that I did was on the prime nook of every facet of the headboard. I smoothed out the material and pinned the nook collectively in order that the perimeters got here collectively properly (such as you see within the prime two frames.) Repeat that smoothing and pinning with the other facet.

Subsequent, I eliminated the pins that have been holding the material on the headboard, eliminated the material from the headboard, and sewed down that line the place the nook pins have been and lower the surplus.

Then, I attempted the duvet again on the headboard to see the way it match and pinched and sewed just a little extra cloth if it didn’t match very snugly.

As soon as I had the match proper, I turned the material proper facet out and put it again on in order that I had the great sewn nook that you simply see within the final body.

The No-Sew Possibility

In case you don’t need to be bothered by stitching, you possibly can lay your headboard in your cloth (with the correct facet going through outwards) and wrap your corners such as you would wrap a pleasant current and staple in place!

The above two photographs are how I wrapped the underside of the headboard, so the one distinction is that you simply’ll need to be sure you have sufficient cloth size to have that open facet (within the first image) come all the best way up and over the again. That method, you possibly can staple it on the again the place it gained’t be seen in any respect.

I did the short stitching possibility on the prime two corners of the headboard and the footboard to make them look additional clear, however I wrapped all the opposite edges such as you see above.

Simply be consistently eager about what edges can be seen and which can be hidden below the mattress, and so forth., so you realize which edges ought to be completely lined.

And if you’re utilizing two layers of cloth and doing the new-sew possibility, I might layer the materials on prime of one another along with your major cloth on the underside and the correct facet going through the ground. Then, wrap them across the corners on the identical time somewhat than separately.

Take care to clean them rather well earlier than putting your headboard on prime, however doing them collectively ought to provide you with a much less cumbersome fold than in case you did them individually.

As soon as your sides are wrapped and the material is smoothed and pinned to the again, use your staple gun to safe your cloth in place on the again/backside of your headboard.

You’ll need to staple into one thing arduous somewhat than simply an space of froth or one thing, so really feel round for the picket body below your cloth and staple your cloth safe to that down both sides.

I like to begin in the midst of every part and have one particular person clean and maintain the material tight whereas the opposite staples each 5-6″. When you attain one finish, return to the center and full the opposite facet.

It’s possible you’ll sometimes attain a spot that’s actually arduous wooden the place your staple gun doesn’t fairly go all the best way in and that’s OK.

You possibly can attempt one other spot close by or hammer your staple flat, and so long as most of it went in it can maintain. Trim any extra cloth as wanted.

As soon as I had my headboard wrapped and masking the white cloth, I repeated the method (with the pink cloth) of pinning the corners, stitching, and stapling the material in place.

You’ll solely need to do it as soon as although in case you don’t want the white beneath. 

Right here’s what the underside facet appears to be like like from the again with each layers stapled!

How Do I Put the {Hardware} Again On?

To place the {hardware} again on, we poked across the spots the place we knew the holes have been (based mostly on our measurements we took earlier than taking them off) with a pin or an axe till we discovered the holes. Then, we drilled our screws again in to create holes within the cloth.

It’s just a little more durable to seek out the holes with two layers of cloth, so we discovered the holes by way of one layer and put the screws in and took them out once more.

This made the holes simpler to seek out (and mark on the second layer) so we may put the {hardware} again on excessive of the material. We used the identical methodology for connecting the legs again on.

See? All prepared to hook up with the opposite items!

At this level, I simply repeated the method of laying out cloth that was large enough for my part, wrapping each bit, and stapling it in place.

I discovered it simpler to do the 2 sides with each cloth layers without delay since I used to be merely folding and stapling these corners.

However then, I did the headboard and footboard with the white and pink layers individually since I used to be stitching these prime corners and that saved the material clean. 

Tip: If you’re utilizing two layers of cloth, trim extra cloth off the beneath layer to get a cleaner, much less cumbersome nook fold (like I did with the white cloth) above.

What if the Staples Don’t Go By way of the Cloth?

In case you come to a extremely arduous spot within the wooden the place your staple gun can’t get by way of, you should utilize small nails to tack that part in place.

As soon as all of your items are lined, reattach all of your {hardware} and legs and put your new mattress again collectively!

Because the cloth made the mattress just a little thicker in some spots, it was useful to go away the screws out about 1/4″ when placing the {hardware} again on. That method, you might match the items collectively extra simply after which tighten the screws as soon as the body was again collectively once more.

Reattach the backbone center a part of your mattress and also you’re prepared for the mattress and covers!

I’ve to say, I felt fairly good about this mission, but it surely got here out so a lot better than I ever anticipated! I might be shocked if I noticed this in another person’s home they usually instructed me that they had recovered it.

This easy methodology did take away the tufted look that the headboard had earlier than, however I prefer it higher that method because it appears to be like extra fashionable.

In case your headboard has tufts that you simply need to preserve, use additional cloth to cowl some buttons within the new colour, discover the buttons below the material, and use a curved needle to stitch the buttons onto the highest of the prevailing buttons for extra of a tufted look.

The pink appears to be like so cute under that Palm Springs print over the mattress and with the globe lights on the white nightstands (comparable lights and nightstands right here).

Total, I like this earlier than/after and you might truly seize a staple remover sooner or later in case you ever need to get better once more in one other colour. Hope this DIY helps you give your bed room a funds makeover, too!

P.S. You possibly can see how my bed room lastly got here collectively and the remainder of my dwelling excursions right here! xo. Laura

Reupholster Your Mattress Body in One Afternoon

The right way to get better your mattress in at some point!

Key phrase mattress body, upholstery
  • extensive bolt upholstery or multi-use cloth in your colour of selection extensive sufficient to cowl your headboard and be wrapped across the again (the material I selected was 54″ extensive). I used about 5.5 yards for my mattress
  • extensive bolt white cloth as an underlayment optionally available, however useful when you have skinny main cloth and are going from a darkish mattress to a light-weight mattress



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