Hailey Planked Headboard

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:08
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Build your own planked wood headboard with just a saw and nails!  This simple to build headboard is made of off the shelf lumber, and is just glued and nailed together.  Our step by step plans are perfect for the beginner.

We love it paired with our matching Hailey Platform Bed Frame.

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Reader submitted photo.

This original bed and headboard plan was built by the lovely 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!
easy to build wood headboard
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” brad nails (For nailing moulding on)
  • 1 ¼” brad nails
  • 2” brad 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 moulding 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.


In reply to by Heidi M (not verified)


Wed, 05/03/2017 - 04:55

Several people have asked about attaching the headboard to the bed; on Shanty 2 Chic's post about this bed (which is the site Ana made the plans for) she states she attached her headboard with 3" drywall screws. 

HeatherM (not verified)

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 05:44

Hi, I just love this headboard!!! Can you help me with the dimensions and cut sizes for a standard king size bed? This will be my first DIY project...I am so excited!

Thanks so much!


Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:51

It wouldn't allow me to edit my comment but I wanted to be more specific. It is one 1x4x8 short if you are building a king sized headboard. That is the only board I had to add to the shopping list. :-)


Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:57

I really wish I could edit comments here, then I would have just one. Another update. The headboard is built. What we added to the shopping list for a California King was 3 1x6x8's (bought 6 total instead of 1x6x10's) and 1 1x4x8. To build it in a king or California King just take a measurement of the top or bottom of the bed frame to find the length to all of the horizontal boards. I hope these comments help someone with a King or California King. I saw there were many people wondering. :-)


Mon, 08/03/2015 - 13:24

What would be the cuts for a queen???? Thanks! Love the plan btw

In reply to by crollings

Ana White

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:00

Just above "cut list" it states "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"
Hope this helps


Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:03

I have built about 8 of these from full to king size. The problem I'm having with each headboard is that the 1x6's are separating apart. I am gluing and then using the Kreg pocket hole system and cant figure out why it keeps coming apart. I also have asked a couple other people and they have no clue on why its coming apart. Hopefully, someone has an answer so I could fix this issue.