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.


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!

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