Brookstone Queen Headboard

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 21:04
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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!!!

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