I’ve always wanted a headboard. I’ve had one in the past when I was about 12 or 13. It was metal and red and a little cheesy but it fit my room decor at the time. Since then I’ve only had faux headboard I made out of some fabric covered canvas strips.
I saw some inspiration on Pinterest and it looked so easy that this past weekend I decided to totally make it. We have a queen size bed that lies on a metal frame that had slots in the back that look like they were designed to hold a headboard. I took photos of these with a measuring tape next to them to take with me to Home Depot as a reference. I also measured how far apart they were (60 inches). My current faux headboard went up about 45 inches from where the bed would be screwed into the headboard post. Unfortunately, my car can’t hold something that big so we compromised and got a 36 inch by 60 inch board.
I wasn’t sure which board to get and didn’t want to spend a lot on this project so we ended up with a sheet of plywood. We had to get a large piece because every smaller piece was cut at 4 feet, definitely not enough for the width I needed.
They cut your board for you in store. I never knew for sure if they did or not or if you had to pay them so that’s pretty cool! We told the employee the measurements we needed and he got the board cut. I wish I had pre-planned what to do with the remaining board as I could have had him cut that, too.
It’s pretty fun to watch if you’re into projects and creating pieces and parts for your project. The next thing we did was buy the stain, a brush and some gloves.
I had N hold up the board while I traced the slots where the bed frame would be screwed in. Getting to use our power tools (insert Tim The Toolman Taylor grunts here with power tool noises). I used a drill bit at 1/4th inch (the same size as the screws we bought) and drilled through the center of the areas I drew circles (or long ovals) in. It went right through, no problem.
Next up was staining. This stuff was awesome. It hardly had any smell at all and had the poly already added. How perfect! (Not going to lie, I don’t have patience for this kind of stuff). Not to mention it has a soap and water cleanup (even better!). Look at that wood after one good coat? So pretty. I added two full coats and it only took about an hour to dry. I let it dry a little longer before putting it on our bed frame.
I bought two larger sized washers for each screw used. We bought extra wing nuts so we could hand tighten the screws (and this was such a good idea! Wrenches are so much work).
The larger sized washers seemed to give it extra stability as this was the only part of the headboard that was screwed into the bed frame.
So, there it is! It was the easiest weekend project I’ve tackled in a long while. Here is a list of what you need
- Wood! There is several different kinds and different price points.
- Bolts. The size and amount will be based off of what your bed frame has in terms of slots of openings to screw a headboard into.
- Washers. I liked the ones that were a bit larger.
- Wing nuts. Seriously, so much better than nuts.
- Stain – I recommend the stuff in the photo above, but you can decide which is best for you.
- A 3-4 inch wide brush. I bought the cheap value one for a couple of dollars and had some bristles fall off. You can always splurge.
- A tarp or floor covering. (I actually used a scrap of the wood that was longer than the headboard piece).
- Gloves. Sure, it washes off with soap and water but who wants to do that when you can just wear gloves :-)
- A hand drill with a drill bit in a size coordinating with the bolts you purchase.
That’s about all I used!
Hope you enjoyed my simple headboard tutorial. If you have any questions or tried one out yourself let me know in the comments!