Build A Headboard

In a previous post, we talked about the quick guest room makeover we completed in anticipation of a friend’s visit. By putting more water on (i.e. completely saturating the wood), the less stain will be able to be absorbed. You will need to choose your shape first and then make sure that you have fabric and some foam on hand to create the headboard. The two protruding grooves fit perfectly in one another, keeping the headboard safely propped up. Then you could close the door without a problem, and leave the outside of the door as is.

One of my favorite parts of woodworking and projects like this is setting all of the wood up, looking at it in its somewhat raw form, and knowing that in a couple of days it will be something totally different. Alternate option: consider eliminating the construction of the posts altogether (steps 7-9) so that the headboard is comprised of the door and crown detail alone.

If everything has gone smoothly you should be able to place the headboard in your room about 24 hours after applying your second coat of paint. Cut two long and two shorter frame pieces from the pine boards (see Diagram for correct sizes). Note: It was at this point that we realized the headboard was going to be too tall. Create a headboard that is bold and artistic with the following headboard ideas. Saw a piece of chair-rail molding so it’s the same length; attach it with wood glue.

This process is going to depend on your bed frame, but essentially, you’ll probably need to drill holes that line up with the holes on your bed frame and attach with appropriately sized nuts and bolts. I have a twin headboard that’s been in my garage for over a year (collecting dust!)….for this purpose. I have been wanting to do a headboard for my daughter for her birthday and I know she would really love the book idea!

I also sealed the frame with three coats of a clear lacquer in a satin finish, to give the wood extra durability. Apply glue to the back edge of the headboard frame, center it on the headboard and spacers, and add weight or use clamps to hold it in place while the glue dries. You just cover and tack or staple into place and you can cut the plywood for any size so it doesn’t matter what size your bed is, you can make this headboard for it. So I borrowed the pegboard off my craft room wall and used it only as a template to mark the wood on my headboard.build a headboard

It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. It only took me about 45 minutes to build the headboard, and that included cutting the wood. We took the door to a fairly dust free portion of our house, applied a coat of primer, and two coats of paint. Here is a very detailed tutorial that will help you get a luxurious upholstered headboard within hours. A headboard for a double bed needs to be 54” wide plus a little extra for the sides.

Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Hit the fabric with a little bit of steam before you drape it over your headboard. But if you are buying a salvaged door for the project, you have a lot of additional flexibility. For less than $100, you can create a beautiful tufted headboard that is soft and shaped however you want.

The headboard was then attached to the wall with two 24” stud mounted French cleats. Next you are going to use scrap wood (any type will do) cut to the length of the headboard frame. A headboard created with storage cubbies makes a place for books, clocks, and the rest of your sleep routine essentials. Less sturdy than headboard hangers, but much less expensive, these flush mount hangers have teeth that fit into their bases on the wall. Using the first needle as a guide, feed the strung needle back into the hole in the headboard.

A padded headboard will be much more comfortable for reading or watching TV in bed. In a more modern room, for example, a metal headboard could add an interesting element, while a wooden headboard is better suited for a more conventional setting. You should expect to have a few mishaps if you are using older pallets so have at least two on hand when you begin. Pull button taut to create tufts; staple the string to the back of the headboard several times, until it is secure. The fabric panels and nailhead trim give the headboard a completely custom look.

The idea is to have the bottom piece mounted to the wall (with a 3-1/2″ screw in a stud) and the top piece mounted to the back of the headboard. Once the door was cut, we could better envision what the headboard would end up looking like. The plans are for a queen size bed, but could easily be adapted to other sizes.  There’s really no wrong way to do it but here’s what I came up with 🂠 This headboard is for a full mattress but very easy to convert to add width or subtract for another size.

Treat the door as if it were a heavy mirror: Screw two D-rings into its back, just below the molding and a few inches in from either side. If you have chosen pieces that are all one length, you don’t have to worry about this step, although I suggest you screw another 1” x 4” along the middle of the headboard for extra support. If you want a headboard that is cheap, easy to make and really unique, this faux tile headboard fits the bill. Anything can turn into a headboard: a picket fence, garden gate, scrap wood, shelves, chair backs, even thick twigs/branches for a country cottage look.

Nothing fancy or pretty, just nail through the boards to the frame to secure it…screws will do if you prefer. Once the headboard frame was covered in fabric I used extra batting and fabric to wrap the legs for a finished look. This is a very innovative and unconventional type of headboard that will change the way you see your master bedroom, for real! Cut the batting so that it’s slightly bigger than the outline of your headboard.build a headboard