Easy No-Sew Headboard Slipcover Tutorial

Next up for Headboard Week:  the gals from Sypsie Designs (remember the chandelier lamp they shared before?) are here to show you how they made a quick headboard slipcover out of a shower curtain! Perfect when you need a quick update to give a metal headboard a whole new look!

And come share your headboards too — find the link party at the bottom of this post or you can also go here

No-Sew Metal Headboard Slipcover | Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic.com #headboardweek #diy #budget

Hello again Remodelaholic readers! We’re Jodie & Paige, sisters from Michigan, and together we run our blog, Sypsie Designs! We focus on home decor, thrifty projects and making over old furniture pieces. We’re so excited to share our DIY headboard cover with you today and hope you’re inspired!

When putting together my mini-master bedroom update I knew my older metal headboard was on the top of the list to change, but I was very limited in terms of budget. There are so many amazing DIY headboard ideas out there, but instead decided on a simple cover that was much more friendly on my pocketbook.


The full-sized metal frame was a hand-me-down that I’ve used since college, and was showing it’s age. In order to cover it, I picked up a cloth shower curtain (found at Marshalls for $15!), 6 medium Command picture hanging strips and 2 safety pins. Using shower curtains is our favorite tip to get a thicker material on a budget!

use a shower curtain to make a headboard cover, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic

Make a No-Sew Headboard Slipcover
by Jodie and Page of Sypsie Designs

how to make a headboard cover from a shower curtain, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic

1. First things first is to iron your fabric to get all of the fold marks and wrinkles out.

2. Next, cut the fabric so that it’s wide enough to cover the front of your headboard as well as wrap around the back of both of the posts. (Leave the length alone, as you want the fabric to fold over the top of the headboard.) The Command strips will be what holds the fabric to the back of the post, keeping everything hidden. Mark off where they should be on both the posts and the fabric to be sure that they line up. I did one on the top, middle and bottom.

3. Add your Command strips to the marked sides of the fabric.

    • 4 holes were prepunched into the top side of the strip that was going to be attached to the fabric using a small screw and hammer.
    • Each strip got sewn onto the edge of the fabric by looping a needle and thread through the holes a few times, very similar to sewing on a button. Easy peasy. The adhesive on the strip is not strong enough to stick to fabric, so this ensures everything will hold nice and tight.

no-sew headboard cover tutorial, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic

4. Attach the back of the strips to the back of the bed posts where the marks are.

5. Wrap the fabric around the headboard and click the Command strips together.

6. Because our headboard is rounded, our top corners were looking a little floppy at this point. This is where the safety pins came in. We folded the excess fabric around the back similar to wrapping a present, and secured with the pin.

tutorial for a no-sew fabric headboard slipcover, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic.com

how to cover a metal headboard with a fabric slipcover, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic.com

And that’s how easy it was to get the custom headboard look for less!

slipcovered metal headboard tutorial, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic.com

metal headboard makeover with fabric cover, Sypsie Designs on Remodelaholic

This project cost a total of $20 to make – $15 for the shower curtain and $5 for the Command strips (had the safety pins on hand). It took about 30 minutes to put together (15 of which was ironing!), and would be easy to switch out should we change our mind and color scheme for the room!

Note: If your bed is a queen or king, a standard sized shower curtain will not be large enough for this project- but you can definitely find some amazing fabric or extra long curtain and use that instead!

Thanks so much to the fabulous Remodelaholic for having us, we had fun sharing with you!


Thanks, Jodie and Paige! We love having you!

We have so much more coming up for headboard week! If you missed it this morning, check out Corey’s tutorial for building a tall slat headboard with a built-in lantern, and don’t miss our round-up of our favorite built-in beds and bed nooks!

Check back first thing tomorrow morning for more great headboard tutorials, like this gorgeous rustic wood bed!

feature diy rustic wood bed and headboard, The Accent Piece on Remodelaholic

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. Do you think this would work for the metal foot board? I’ve been wanting to refresh my bed as I’ve been having it for over 10years! I live in an apartment, I have nowhere to spray paint it at. Your solution made me so excited until I realized I have a footboard as well. Help! I just realized this post is over 2 yes old. Ughh