I don’t normally do a lot of woodwork, but my daughter wanted a rustic-looking headboard for a guest bedroom, so I decided to take up the challenge. Even if you’re not planning a renovation, you’ll still love and be able to use many of the ideas I’m sharing. I have a twin headboard that’s been in my garage for over a year (collecting dust!)….for this purpose. Many people who find me through Google, do so by looking for headboard benches It’s pretty much what I’m known for. I covered them up with wood putty and will go over the putty with stain before I clearcoat.
When I first saw the headboard idea on Beth’s blog I tucked that idea in my head (I loved it!), I might have saved the picture too. Another non-traditional way to create a cool, modern headboard is by using the panels unconventionally. That way you only have a few small holes to cover, and you could easily fill them with wood filler if the crown detail didn’t reach them. I don’t have the skill to build a headboard myself, but I think I could figure out how to hang a headboard from the wall and attach a strip of LED lights. The headboard turned out great and is wide enough that you could use it if you went to a queen bed in the future.
A wooden base, some material left over from other projects and a little creativity will allow you to build this gorgeous monogrammed headboard. The headboard is now the seat back and I cut foot-board in half, and shortened it, for the two side pieces/bench arms. Here is a very detailed tutorial that will help you get a luxurious upholstered headboard within hours. You can see what the headboard and foot-board looked like before with this angle.
While visiting a friend of mine who was undergoing some renovations at her house, I dumpster dived (well not really, the door was leaning against the dumpster but saying I dived makes it sound more fun) and found myself a solid wood old door. Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22-in x 70-in king frame (22-in x 54-in for queen; 22-in x 48-in for full; and 22-in x 33-in for twin).
If you want a headboard that is cheap, easy to make and really unique, this faux tile headboard fits the bill. And though you may not need it as a barrier for drafts, a headboard can indeed be practical. Not only is reclaimed wood very cheap, but it is also friendly with the surrounding environment, so you might want to give it a try! Here is a great DIY fence board headboard that you can make within less than two hours – just make sure you are fueled up with patience and inspiration for it! Using the first needle as a guide, feed the strung needle back into the hole in the headboard.
STEP 2: Fill any holes in the door with wood putty, then sand with medium-grade sandpaper and wipe down with a damp cloth. I am so very excited to get this done…I’ve been admiring your headboard for a while….now I will have one of my own! Once the headboard frame was covered in fabric I used extra batting and fabric to wrap the legs for a finished look. Headboard with storage: Ideal for rooms of a modest size, a headboard with storage will allow you to make the most out of the space you have.
To further support the board, measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the door. This particular headboard frame was a bit lower than I wanted, so I nailed the wood to the frame higher up (so it overlapped), and simply framed out the added height with scrap 2×2’s. Hi. If you want to build it yourself just google for ‘woodprix’ I know you’ll find good solutions for your idea. I knew I would be able to see a small amount of plywood between the wood slats of the faux shiplap, so I needed to make sure the color of the plywood matched the pre-finished slats. Then cut the wood into the pieces to be used to form the frame of the headboard.
Instead of drilling holes all the way through the door, and threading the buttons…use wood screws that won’t go all the way through the door do do the tufting. 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. STEP 1: Choose a solid wood door, preferably with a design element like paneling, that’s a few inches taller than your bed is wide. So I borrowed the pegboard off my craft room wall and used it only as a template to mark the wood on my headboard. Measure the actual thickness of your own bed to find out the quantity of pallets you’ll need.
Comprised of fiberboard (MDF) strips with iron cylinder bracing, this graphic headboard extends all the way to the ceiling and serves as a striking focal point in the space. Move the planks of wood around until you find a pattern you like, Greyson layed his out in a staggered formation. I set back the plywood/planks on the head/foot board so that the finished look has equal indent (not the right word) between the two, even though the headboard obviously has no planks on the back that faces the wall. I personally have no need for a headboard right now but if my dream of owning and running a B&B comes true I will!
If you are really feeling daring today and you want to make your own headboard from scratch, then here is a tutorial that will guide you through that process. This is a really beautiful headboard that is customized to make it extra-special. Use clamps or vices to get the pattern of the fabric lined up with the center of the headboard. Be careful to avoid the drywall around the headboard – tape it off with frog tape or slide a heavy piece of paper between headboard and wall as you stain. This project was designed for a rather small bedroom, where the headboard takes up the entire wall.
Visit The Home Depot’s Lumber and Composites Department for supplies to build your own faux shiplap DIY headboard, or for any DIY project. Once you’re done, lay your fabric face down on the floor and place your batted headboard on top of it, batting-side down. Tufted headboards add marvelous texture and look, especially if the fabric you’re using on the headboard is monochrome.
Remove a panel from your excessive pallet portion and then use it to cover the stage where the 2 pallets match up. Build wood nails throughout the panel to connect the actual portions. Use scrap wood to raise the panel until the back of the plywood is flush with the back of the frame. I dropped the panel into place and secured it with 7/8 in. wood screws, spaced about every 6 in. apart, along the perimeter of the panel.
Center your three 21 in. metal straps along the seams and drive 5/8 in. screws, securing the frame and plywood panel together. This is a slightly more complicated headboard project, but it is definitely worth all your time and effort! 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. I had two MDF doors from an old broken wardrobe that I cut to length and nailed onto the frame.
If you already have a plain wooden headboard and you just want to dress it up a little, painting it is an excellent idea. Pallets are often given away at home improvement stores, lumber yards or even flea markets and you can use those free pallets to create a beautiful rustic looking headboard. For less than $100, you can create a beautiful tufted headboard that is soft and shaped however you want. I got a one panel door and have painted it grey…getting ready to glaze tomorrow.
Now one thought I had while looking at this project was to actually flip the door so that the door nob hole was facing up, then use a nice wide piece of crown molding as a decorative edge over the hole and then top it with the shelf you would cover the hole and add a little more detail. Cabinets are similar to bookshelves, and can also be used as headboards for LOTS of extra storage space!
Slight miscalculations from time to time, and would rather have an extra piece to return after we’re finished, instead of making another trip for more wood mid-project if a mistake happens. Directly after dismantling I recommend washing down the wood since the wood will be used as a headboard. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.
We have a designing dilemma, in that we have a king size bed (width 80 inches) but only have 73 inches wide higher up between two windows where the headboard would be – so it would be ideal to build our own headboard, 73″ wide, and attach it to our own platform, which is 80 inches, if that makes sense. Breaking down wood pallets gives a stock of re-cycled raw lumber, which may then be utilized to create durable home furniture which will stand the check of the time for example book shelves, baby cribs, tables and desks. 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.