Platform Bed with Light up Headboard

Submitted by bjcanada on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:36

I combined the Reclaimed-Wood Headboard with the Hailey Platform Bed patterns, both found here on Ana's website to make my queen-sized bed. Alterations to the general instructions include: A 1x6 was sandwiched into the lower portion of the headboard to create the head of the bed platform (same as the panel pieces of the headboard). Another 1x6 was fastened from the back, the same as the other trim pieces. 4 holes for the light wires were chiseled out of the top trim, then a 2x6 was fastened across the top of the headboard to allow more room for the mounting of the lights. (these last 2 pieces flush to the back of the headboard instead of centered.) So the project was not too top-heavy I added a 2x6 center leg to the headboard. For even more stability I added a 4 x 4 leg to the center support of the bed portion. The lights are LED (Ikea) and the wires are fastened to the back of the headboard to keep them safe from pets, etc. The corners of the platform bed are held together with screwed-in knock-down hardware (Lee-Valley). Dis-assembly was important to me, so the bed could be moved from the garage to the house! I am not an experienced wood worker by any means, nor am I particularly fast. The plans I downloaded from this site were very detailed. The project was both fun and full-filling!

light up headboard

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Cabot Stain + Sealer, Colour: Autumn Glow, Finish: Satin
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:44

The only wood cheaper than hemlock is pine! : ) I bought the wood at Windsor Plywood in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It took the stain very well and I am very pleased with my choice. It is a softer wood than some, sands down very easily.