Brookstone Queen Headboard

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A rustic headboard that looks like an old barn door.


A while back I posted plans for the Brookstone Bed in a twin size.

Photo from Devin

So many of you asked for different sized plans, but time just flies by, and before I knew it, months had passed and still, I hadn't found the time to publish more plans in the collection.

But after seeing these stunning photos from The Picky Apple, I knew I HAD to prioritize adding at least the queen size.

We'll start with the headboard.  Isn't it beautiful?  For lots more photos and details about the finish, make sure you visit The Picky Apple. You can also see all the plans in the Brookstone Collection here.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

8 1×4, 8’ Long
2 1x2s, 8’ Length
3 1×3, 8’ Length
1 1/4” Finish Nails
2” Finish Na

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

18- 1×4 @ 31” Panel Boards
2 – 1×2 @ 49 1/2 “ Side Legs
2 – 1×3 @ 49 1/2” Front Legs
2 – 1×3 @ 38 1/2” Back Supports
2 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2” Front Trim
1 – 1×4 @ 26” Center Trim
1 – 1×3 @ 44” Top Trim
1 – 1×4 @ 45” Top Trim
2 – 1×4 @ 30” Ends cut at 30 degrees off square, parallel, see last step

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Headboard Panel

Start by lining all the 1×4 panel boards up, rotating the grain so the bark side is up, then down. Adjust for square. Then if you have a nailer, glue and nail the top and bottom trim in place. Otherwise, screw from the back to hide your screw holes. Shown above back side up, so you would just screw through the trim into the back side of the panel boards.

Step 2


Now screw the legs on with glue and 2″ screws.

Step 3

Leg Fronts

Nailer would be handy here, but if you don’t have one, you can screw the leg fronts to the legs. Use glue and 2″ screws or nails.

Step 4

Front Trim

I highly recommend measuring and cutting these to fit. Nails would hide best, and even if you don’t have a nailer, if you plan to stain, I suggest using a hammer and finish nails to hide any holes. If you plan to paint, go ahead with the screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top Trim

Now add the top trim with screws or nails and glue. Center on the top.

Step 7


Use finish nails and glue to attach the top to the top trim. Center on the top.

Step 8

Cross Supports

Start by cutting 2 1x4s 36 3/4″ long, with both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, parallel to each other. Then on the top end, measure in 2″ and mark a line square with the top edge (see above diagram). Cut this line. Attach the cross supports to the headboard with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue, nailing into all of the panel boards.


Cara (not verified)

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 03:30


Thank you SO MUCH for featuring my son's bed today, and for the blog shout out. As I mentioned in my blog post, this was my husband's first building project, and I'm not quite sure how he managed to convert your twin plan to a queen on his own, but he did. How awesome that you've shared plans for a queen headboard now!! Looking forward to seeing the plans for the queen so we can compare!

Thanks again for the amazing inspiration for this bed in the first place. We never could have built this without you! And now that we've (okay, HE's) started building things, we can't stop! I've already got a list of things I want my hubby to build: bookshelves, toy storage cabinets, media console, and more! :)

Stephanie (not verified)

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 06:56

Yes yes yes!!! Thank you for posting this! I had determined to do the Farmhouse bed for my husband and I, but when you posted the Brookstone bed, I fell in love! I'm so glad you're posting this bed in queen size, it's soooo beautiful.

Nan Tovar (not verified)

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 08:05

Wow, that is gorgeous! Do you think I could make that work with the bed my hubs built for us?
It's a platform bed, with no headboard, might jazz it up a bit. Sorry, Ana, he built it before I found your website :( So that explains the squeaks :)

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 08:34

Thank you thank you for sharing your amazing photo and inspiring todays post. I saw your bed on Facebook and fell in love. The entire room is just so beautiful! Thank you again, and I just can't wait to see more projects from you!

Piera Romeo (not verified)

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 05:46

Hi there. First of all i love your website!! I haven't started any projects yet but i will very soon. I love this bed and want to make the headboard in a queen size. But I noticed that the cut list has all measurements for a twin size!!! PLEASE HELP!!!! Is there somewhere esle on the website that has the shopping list and cutting list I need for a queen size????

Anybody out there know where I can find this?

Thank you and happy building!!!

Judith Ann Edens (not verified)

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 18:53

I am going to make the bed for my 9 year old who is looking over my shoulder saying "Now that's cool!" We will make it together as we homeschool and this will be something we can build form his own for real work bench.
I would need the help though of the size for the base. Only rough if neccessary as I can figure it out once I know how long high and wide it must be..
Next my 2 daughters are wanting to look at all the neat things they can help make.
Thanks for doing all the ground work you do I know how much time you must be putting in for us. Thanks Keep it up. Judy

Judith Ann Edens (not verified)

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 18:55

What more I need to do I do not understand. I am new to using this kind of input. Judy

Debi (not verified)

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 06:58

Any chance you'll make king-size plans available for this or the platform bed? I love your work, and your work ethic!

Kristi Hosterman (not verified)

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 10:06

I loved this bed! Hubby and I have been trying to decide on the right bed for our room. The mattresses sitting on a metal frame is boring us to death. Can you post the storage bed plans in queen size? Thanks!!

Sarah (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 13:21

What a completely awesome bed!! I'm keeping my hopes up that measurements for the storage part of the bed in queen might be posted too. My husband agreed that we could make this bed as a project together, only I was thinking the twin size for our daughter and he was thinking queen size for us!

Leah (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 14:29

This bed looks aweesome, but you only have the headboard plans =(. I looked all over the bed section and could not find plans for a queen sized in this style. Would you mind adding them?

Ric (not verified)

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 00:34

You have great plans. The furniture looks easy to build. I noticed the cut list to be incorrect. The back supports have to be cut to 63" not 38 1/2". The front supports have to be cut to 59 1/2". The 1x3 top trim has be cut to 65" and the 1x4 top trim has be cut to 66". The diagrams show the correct dimensions. Don't mean to be critical, just want to help anyone building this. I purchased 2 - 1x2x6, 5 - 1x3x6,
3 - 1x4x6, and 7 - 1x4x8. I precut the lumber to the diagram dimensions and this went together quickly. My wife loves it. Thank You

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 18:31

Can you please do the queen size plans. Thank you!

NJS Design Company

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 08:09

It looks like it might be a dark "mahogany" type stain, it has some red in there for sure. It could also be a gel stain, it looks to have covered really well especially for pine, and those cover really well. 

Court_neynickel (not verified)

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 14:24

Okay, now I can't find the plans for a twin!! Am I crazy!?

Louisa+3 (not verified)

Sun, 09/23/2012 - 15:07

Any chance of getting a plan for a king?
I love this bed and it would be perfect if only it was a king :(


Fri, 10/16/2015 - 08:44

I'm planning on building this sometime. Would it be alright to use SPF lumber? I know it's not high quality for woodworking but I don't want to sink too much money into this project. My only concern is that it will look ok after staining it.


Ana White Admin

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 11:17

Yes, most of the headboards shown are spruce, pine or fur.  This type of wood actually is preferred for it's rustic beauty, ease of working with, and low cost.


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 20:43

I used the shopping list, then made the cut list. I am trying to figure out how the front trim pieces are coming no where near the right size, along with the cross cut pieces. Says to cut at 30" but then in the steps it says 36" I hope I didn't just waste a bunch of wood :( help!


Thu, 04/07/2016 - 03:52

I know this is probably a simple answer for most of you, but this is my first project and I'm making it for a full-sized bed and not a queen. Could someone help with what the cut list dimensions would be for a full sized bed instead of the queen that this tutorial is for? I just dont want to screw up because I only have 1 chance to make this with my budget ...thanks!


Mon, 04/18/2016 - 05:15

This is a website with hundreds of plans and probably thousands of users. She also seems to have her own tv show, as well as a family to take care of. So its no surprise to me that she doesnt answer each question personally. Measure the dimensions of your bed, and change the length of the plans. A queen bed is typically 60x80, but a full is 54x74. So go over the steps and write out the adjustments. Make little pictures to help you to make sure everything is right.


Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:00

How much did you pay for these plans? And you're mad because you haven't gotten the new plans you wanted personally modified for free? This site has tons of amazing plans FOR FREE, and no, you won't get all of your questions answered instantaneously, but you can get some help, and you're certainly getting a lot more than you're paying for. That said, although these plans are great for novices, they're not appropriate for total beginners who don't know how to calculate dimensions. Even if you have the exact cut list, you may need to make changes on the fly due to things like variations in board widths, and if you don't have the ability to do that then you're going to make a huge mess. If you really want to do this project then find someone to help you in person.


Mon, 04/18/2016 - 09:55

1) Measure the mattress, figure it out. You can also use the Internet to find a multitude of measurements for full-size beds. If you don't have enough experience to figure this out, you should not be building this on your own. You need assistance. You will waste materials and then be angry about it.

2) Get over yourself. I doubt that not replying to your question says so much about her, but your response certainly says a lot about you.


Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:56

If i wanted to make this a floating headboard, what would you reccomend as the best/easiest method of doing so?? Thanks in advance anybody.