The Headboard Workshop and Porcupine Rocks

Send us any Porcupine Rocks Fabric for your new headboard or bed.


We have to say that anytime we are sent a vibrant fabric from Porcupine Rocks for making into a bed or a headboard, we are thrilled.

Porcupine Rocks is a design studio celebrating modern African interiors, showcasing imaginative, colourful fabrics and bespoke creations for your home.

Here is a little bit about Paula, Porcupine Rock’s founder followed by a run down of how to send us any of their fabrics to be made up as any of our headboards or beds, including ordering your material from Porcupine Rocks directly, how much you will need to send and where to send it.

About Paula … 

Paula Goodburn’s passion for design, her general curiosity, attention to detail, endless enthusiasm for travel and love for all things ‘home’ formed Paula’s drive to set up an interiors studio in 2013. Paula is a fourth generation South African, with strong roots in entrenched in Kwa-Zulu Natal. A kingdom of natural beauty, raw textures, rich tribal traditions and colourful nature. This is the backdrop for many local talented crafters and textile designers which Paula wished to share on a global agenda.


In 2020 as Corona gripped the planet Paula wrestled her friend Suze Walters into the studio and together they reevaluated the operational side of the business. Not perturbed by global panic the dynamic duo carved a way creatively and charismatically and have blossomed into the new normal with a revived sense of verve bringing the UK and beyond an exclusive collection of colourful fabric designs from South Africa.


These fabrics are not only chosen for their bold colour, eclectic patterns & versatile geometrics, but also for their creative stories. Provenance is the core of Porcupine Rocks and they enjoy nothing more than sharing these stories with clients. With a huge variety of fabrics across their collection there are endless possibilities to layer up, mix and match and be bold and adventurous throughout your interiors space.

See what others have made

Check out the inspiration gallery of workshop snaps of items we have made recently using Porcupine Rocks fabrics …

How To Order

Step 1 - Place your headboard order

Before you purchase or ask Porcupine Rocks to send us any fabric on your behalf, for your new bed or headboard, please place your order with us first. 

Paula and Suze will need to know your six digit unique Headboard Workshop order number.


Step 2 - Order Fabric

Call or email Porcupine Rocks directly to place your fabric order.

Step 3 - Send us your fabric

If you have asked Porcupine Rocks to post us your material on your behalf, they will do that.

If you have asked them to send the material to you first, please forward your fabric to us at:

The Headboard Workshop

Units 10-11 St Davids Industrial Estate


NP12 3SW


Step 4 - We Start Making

We will confirm with you that your fabric has arrived and we will get making!

For full details on how to order, expand the tabs below for advice and specifications.

Ordering your perfect headboard or bed in one of Porcupine Rock’s fabrics is simple.

First choose your bed size and navigate to the product that you would like to buy in the size you need.

Use our website to choose your desired options for your headboard and select ‘Customer’s Own Material’ from the list of fabrics available.

Checkout and pay for your headboard/bed and note down your unique six digit order number.  You will need to include this number on your parcel when you send in your material to us.

ALWAYS ensure your order is placed with The Headboard Workshop before you send us your material.

Use the next tab to understand how to calculate how much fabric you will need to supply.  Give us a call on 01291 628216 if you get stuck.



How much material should I send for my new headboard?

Every size and style of headboard requires a different quantity of material.

We include a model specific fabric requirement on each and every headboard and bed on our website for easy reference.

To find the amount you’ll need, first navigate to the size and style of headboard you’d like to purchase.

You’ll find on that page a banner that looks like this near to the images of the product:

If you click on the + sign of the blue bar entitled Customer’s Own Material, it will open out to give the information for that model, like so:

The text that is visible when you do this will also ask for extra material if:

  • You have a directional fabric (patterned) –  we will need one or more extra ‘pattern repeats’ depending on the model.
  • You wish to have a pillowstop – extra material is needed for this.
  • You wish to supply a different colour material for contrast piping (on piped models only)

So, what do all these things mean?

What is a pattern repeat?

When material is printed, it is printed with a pattern repeat along the length of the roll.  The vertical pattern repeat relates to the distance between where the pattern starts, ends and appears again.

If your chosen material has a pattern repeat of 4 cm, for example, and we ask for 1 extra pattern repeat, we would need an extra 4 cm to be able to join the patterns correctly.

Similarly, if your pattern repeat is 68 cm and 1 extra pattern repeat is needed, we would need an extra 68 cm.

On a bed, we may need up to 5 pattern repeats and therefore, a fabric with a large pattern repeat can work out to be an expensive and wasteful choice.

What is a ‘directional pattern’?

A directional pattern has a clear top and a bottom to it.  A good example of this is a tree pattern – you would normally always want for the tree to be upright on your headboard.  If we were to use the fabric on its side to avoid joins/seams then your trees would be sideways – hardly ideal!

A good example of a non directional pattern may be a dot or spot that has no clear top or bottom and so the fabric could easily be run sideways to avoid joins.

Extra care should be taken when considering stripes.  A striped pattern could be run directionally OR from side to side and you’ll be asked to confirm which way you intend stripe to run.

We will contact you when we receive your material at our workshop to confirm your pattern direction for fabrics which could be run both ways to ask your preference.

My headboard will be wider than my material – how will that work?

It will be expertly pattern matched by our team.  There will be an inconspicuous join roughly a hands width in from each side of your bed head.

Can I have a patterned fabric but run it on it’s side?

You can decide which way you want your pattern to run.

Some patterns do not have a definitive top or bottom to them, so, the choice is yours alone.

We do not recommend using a pattern that has a very definite top and bottom in the wrong orientation.

Where/how should I send my material to you?

Before you send us your material, please help us by putting your order on.  This is important because it generates a unique six digit code for your order which we use as an identifier.  We ask that this number accompanies your material to our workshop either on the material itself (post it note or sticky label) or on the outside of your package.

It helps us enormously if you can also:

  • Attach your name.
  • Attach your order reference number, which you will receive via email after placing your order.
  • Indicate the correct side of the fabric.

And finally, the address you need to send your fabric to is;

The Headboard Workshop Ltd,

Units 10-11 St David’s Industrial Estate,



NP12 3SW.

Will you confirm you have received my fabric?

Yes, we will.  We will also return any usable left over material to you with your headboard delivery if there is any.

Can Paula send my material to you directly on my behalf?

Yes.  This is fine and happens all the time.  Please ask Paula or Suze to label the material package with your surname and order number as above.  All of Porcupine Rock’s fabrics will require an FR interliner for use on a headboard or bed, ottoman or chair (Valances and scatter cushions are exempt).

What do I need to tell you about my material?

If you wish to chat with us about the suitability of your material or have any queries about the quantity needed, we may ask you the following in order to help you:

  • The size and model of headboard that you are considering
  • The pattern name and colourway of the material
  • The material composition (for fire retardancy purposes)
  • The material width
  • The vertical pattern repeat (of patterned)

Better still, if you can provide us with a website link to your chosen fabric, we are very happy to have a look.  We can then tell you exactly how much you will need to send us.

In order to make your fabric comply with fire regulations, all Porcupine Rocks Fabrics will require a fire retardant interliner.

Interliners are charged at the following prices, depending on size.




Single, Small Double and Double Headboards £59
Kingsize, Super King and Emperor Headboards £79
Single, Small Double and Double WINGED Headboards £69
Kingsize, Super King, Emperor WINGED Headboards £89
Single, Small Double and Double Bed Bases £89
Kingsize, Super King and Emperor Bed Bases £99
Single, Small Double and Double Fully Upholstered Bed £149
Kingsize, Super King, Emperor Fully Upholstered Bed £179