Hey everyone! So excited to share my first DIY with all of you.

I've shared some of my apartment with you guys already and am so thrilled/relieved to finally be showing you the other half of my bedroom. Of all of the spaces within our apartment, this is the one that received the least amount of attention--until now!


(yes, it is pathetic)

In looking for a headboard, I wanted one that made a statement. I stumbled upon this one from Studio Ashby, one of my favorite interior designers, and fell in love.

Image via Studio Ashby

After spending a significant amount of time looking for one that compared, I found that 1. there are very few options out there 2. those options were WAY out of my budget 3. Studio Ashby actually made this custom for their client (so a replica is simply not buyable). Good news though, in looking for the perfect one, I found that I, too, could make the custom headboard of my dreams. Instead of hiring someone to do it for me, I became sort of obsessed with the idea of making my first DIY project a significantly challenging one.

Thanks to Brady Tolbert via Emily Henderson's blog, I found a tutorial for a Channel Tufted Headboard:

Image via Emily Henderson blog

Brady proclaims this project "easy once you break it down" and I agree; the toughest part of this project was finding all of the materials.

There were a few things I did differently, so I'm including both the materials and process below.


All materials listed are for a vertically channel tufted headboard with dimensions 60'' W x 54'' H

Fabric: This definitely took me the longest to find. Any sort of deep green tone is a color that I always gravitate towards, and I am 100% on the velvet train. Although velvet is "trending" right now, it has been around for centuries so I was not worried about it feeling dated. A high-quality velvet is also a lovely fabric to have above your head/to lean on. My one concern was that it would feel hot during the summer, but it did not!

I searched high and low both in the NYC fabric district and online (and found a few options), but ended up getting 4 yards (the perfect amount!) from my boss (who is a savior). I will say to be wary of buying online since 1. you don't know what the quality of the fabric will be like 2. tones look different online.

Scissors: I used my everyday ones and they were just fine.

*Wood: I also used 1in x 6in planks. I went to Home Depot and had them custom cut each plank so that it fit my 54''H criteria. I also found that in doing so, I saved money/material by adjoining the leftovers onto one another (see steps below). I used the same strap ties listed below in order to join the planks together.

Staple Gun: I used a fabric staple gun but would recommend a heavier duty one since it did not go as deep into the fabric/wood as I would have liked.

Screws: 3/4'' wood screws are ideal!

Drill: Brady says you can do this by hand, but I can not imagine how much longer that would take. I used the Dewalt Drill and it was great!

Strap Tie: I used 36'' strap ties to adjoin all of my planks together. They do not make ones that are longer than 36'' so I simply overlapped 2 to span the length of the 60'' planks.

Batting: I made sure to buy 100% cotton, this size was perfect for my headboard dimensions.

Half Round Foam: Like Brady, I custom-ordered foam from The Foam Factory. I got 6'' bolsters in 36'' lengths (you do not need the full height of your headboard since you only see about 60% of it) and them cut them in half at the factory.

*If you plan to make your own, you can customize the dimensions. I have a queen mattress so 60'' W (10, 6'' planks) worked perfectly. I chose to go 54'' H because I liked the height (it's totally up to you!).


1. Lay fabric down.

2. Lay batting down on fabric (I cut mine down a bit smaller than the width of the fabric).

3. Place foam in the middle of batting/fabric.

4. Balance wood on top of batting.

5. One side at a time, staple gun batting/fabric to the backside (make sure to pull the fabric tightly across each side).

6. Work from one end of the plank to the other.

7. For the ends, tightly pull fabric (almost like you're wrapping a gift) to create either a tufted or clean top line.

8. Lay all planks out on the ground in order to even out and connect.

More information via my Instagram Stories (under DIY)!


I am so thrilled with the end result and finally settled on the perfect bedding from Brooklinen.