Wednesday, August 8, 2012

diy headboard

As promised in my post yesterday about our bedroom makeover, here are the details for the headboard I made.
I started by drawing up this plan.  We knew we wanted something that you could see over our pillows, but low profile to not cover up too much of the window.

  • (3) 1 x 4 x 10 Boards - $6.21 each
  • (3) 1 x 3 x 8 Boards - $2.34 each
  • (1) 1 x 2 x 8 Boards - $0.95 
  • 1.25" Screws - Already Had
  • Wood Filler - Already Had
  • Stain - I used Minwax in Jacobean (Already Had from the Bed Frame Project)
Total: $26.60!!!

Cut List:
  • Cut (3) 1 x 4 Boards to (6) 60" pieces
  • Cut (2) 1 x 3 Boards to (4) 43" pieces
  • Cut (1) 1 x 3 Board to (1) 68" piece
  • Cut (1) 1 x 2 Board to (2) 43" pieces

As soon as we got home from Home Depot, I stained the boards and let them dry overnight.
First step to assemble was to line up a 1 x 2 and a 1 x 3 (each 43") and screw them together on the 1 x 2 side.  These are the leg pieces.

The gap left open is where you will screw the 1 x 4's in.  MAKE SURE to double check that your corners are square after you screw in the first and second boards!

 {Picture Fail} but it should look like this, and this is probably easier to see, anyway:

Then, to avoid having to fill more holes than needed, place the other 43" 1 x 3's on top of the 1 x 2's and edge of 1 x 4's.  This almost looks like a sandwich.  One side will have the screws, and the other side will be   screw-hole free.

Next, I attached the top piece to the headboard with a few screws.  These will be the only screw holes that you will have to fill.  If you want, you can also get one more 1 x 3 and cut two (2) 43" pieces and attach to the sides. It would look like this:

But, we didn't think that was necessary, so here is our finished product!
We attached the headboard to our bed frame with 2.5 inch screws.
See! I do actually make these things! :)
We love this headboard, and it was so cheap! Holla!


  1. hello, what size bed is this for? full?

  2. I was going to buy a headboard from Ikea until I saw this. Love it and can't wait to get started!
    Thank you

  3. Aany ides on the demensions for this same bed, but for a twin?

    1. I'm not positive. I would google "twin headboard dimensions"


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