Hailey Planked Headboard

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 01:08
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How to build a planked headboard with moulding inspired by Pottery Barn Teen Hampton planked platform bed headboard. Free easy DIY plans including shopping list, cut list and step by step diagrams.


Yes, we did!
Every year, after a month of no sunshine, no vitamin D, and when I can't remember the last time I was outside, we find a house sitter to keep adding wood to the fire round the clock (yes, it's supposed to be 50 below this week!) and we take off (pun not intended) to Hawaii. For us up in Alaska, saving up for a vacation is very important to our health, happiness, not to mention my personal sanity.
No photos today (still settling in) but I promise, I'll post some this week, and of course, photos of things that inspire me here. Travel is so important for keeping inspired and seeing new ideas of how others live.  
I've also worked really hard to make sure we continue to post more plans and kitchen cabinets even while I'm on vacation. I feel like a day a plan isn't posted, is maybe a day that someone out there, wanting to build something, doesn't get an opportunity. And I love designing, building, helping others build, and then seeing furniture made - it's a true joy, and I'm very appreciative just to be able to do what I love and share it.
Today's amazing, amazing amazing furniture plan was built by the lovely Miss Whitney over at Shanty2Chic.

Whitney also built the bed (plans here), which was equally amazing ...
This bed has such a beautiful rustic look to it.  Of course you can paint it, but I love the wood tones against those white pillows and wall too!
Well, I've got two little girls standing by the door in swimsuits holding beach pails.  Two little girls who have endured darkness and weeks of temperatures colder than 30 degrees below zero before wind chill.
And of course, you can make this headboard with the plans that follow.
For full size bed. To convert to twin, subtract 15" from width. To convert to queen add 6". For king, depending on the type of king, add to width.


Shopping List

2 sticks 7 feet long, 3 ¼” wide casing or other moulding
3 – 1x6 @ 10 feet long
1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 1x3 @ 6 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 4 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
¾” finish nails (For nailing moulding on)
1 ¼” finish nails
2” finish nails

Cut List

1 – 1x4 @ 57 ½”
6 – 1x6 @ 57 ½”
2 – 1x4 @ 54”
1 – 2x2 @ 57 ½”
2 – 2x4 @ 16”
2 – 1x3 @ 54”
1 – 1x3 @ 59”
Cut casing to fit

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Nail the panel boards to 1x4 boards on back. Nail holes will be covered by trim. Also, if you have a pocket hole jig, attach panel boards to each other down the center. If your boards are not lining up well in centers without a pocket hole jig, you can add a scrap board to back down the center.

TIP: For a painted finish, consider painting planked boards first, then distressing joints before assembly. You can also run a flat bladed screw driver down joints to enhance.

Step 2

Now add the bottom board. Nail from back for the biggest bite or you can use screws and glue. Kreg Jig users - consider attaching with 3/4" pocket holes from bottom planked board as well.

Step 3

Now we'll beef up the legs a little, giving you something to bolt a bed frame too if you are doing that. Nails or screws from back to hide.

Step 4

Cut your moulding to fit, mitering corners at 45 degrees off square. Nail on with short finish nails and glue.

TIP: You can just glue and clamp to hide all nail holes, but make sure you glue and let dry for a good bond.

Step 5

Step 6

Finally, add top, with outsides flush with legs.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Thu, 01/26/2012 - 03:54

I don't have enough beds for all the fabulous headboards I see on this site. Whitney, you did an amazing job. I love the stain and how it makes the grains pop. Love, LOVE!

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Sun, 01/29/2012 - 15:07

Thanks for another inspiring plan. This is the one my wife picked for our bedroom, so I built it this weekend as my first project. It was very simple to follow and a very forgiving plan, since most of the screws are concealed by the trim. My total cost was about $70, including a quart of stain.
FYI, the plan should read 3 1x4x8's to have enough for a queen (and probably a full, too, if my math is correct).

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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:01

I made this headboard this weekend in the full size for my son. Super easy! Thanks for the plans!
I'll post brag pics as soon as I get it in his room.

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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 21:01

I am so in love with this bed that I am going to make it for my son! I would like to make the entire bed so could you post how to build the frame and parts list please? Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

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Tue, 02/07/2012 - 12:19

I love this headboard so much that I am going to get all the supplies right away! I have been searching forever for the perfect head board for our king size bed! I am not a math wiz so I was curious if you could help me out on the dimensions for a King! Thank you so much for your help!!! Beautiful work!!

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Tue, 02/07/2012 - 12:21

I love this headboard so much that I am going to get all the supplies right away! I have been searching forever for the perfect head board for our king size bed! I am not a math wiz so I was curious if you could help me out on the dimensions for a King! Thank you so much for your help!!! Beautiful work!!

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Sun, 02/19/2012 - 13:19

This is such a beautiful head board and I am going to make it my first project. I love the color of the stain you use...do you know what color it is? Also did you do any distressing for a more rustic look? Love it!!!

Heidi M (not verified)

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 20:15

How would you suggest attaching the head board to the platform bed?