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.


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!

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