Build a headboard out of 2x4s and baseboard moulding - step by step king size plans from Ana-White.com
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
3 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
1 - 3/4" or 1/2" plywood or other sheet goods (can use MDF for paint grade) full sheet
4 - 8' sticks of 5-1/4" base moulding
8' of crown moulding, no taller than 3-1/2" and no wider than 2" installed
1-1/4" and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
1" finish nails
1-1/4" screws (can use pocket hole screws here)
L bracket or other hardware for attaching headboard to wall to prevent forward tipping
2 - 2x4 @ 72-1/2" (legs)
1 - 2x4 @ 70" (header)
1 - 2x4 @ 81" (top)
2 - 1x4 @ 70" (panel trim)
1 - 1x4 @ 41" (panel trim)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 48" x 70" (panel)
5-1/4" base moulding cut to fit
crown moulding cut to fit
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!
Attach the header to the two legs, flush on all outsides.
NOTE: Drill 1-1/4" pocket holes facing upward on the top of legs and the header for attaching top in next step.
Attach top to the top and top of legs.
Attach the two longer 1x4 panel trim boards to the legs. Use 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
Add the center stile 1x4 down the middle, centered on the longer 1x4s. Use 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
Cut your baseboard moulding to fit - longest pieces first, and attach with 1" finish nails and glue to insides of 1x4 frames.
Attach crown moulding with finish nails and glue around top, mitering corners.
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.