Mantel Moulding Headboard

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:43
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Make a headboard with lots of moulding! Inspired by Pottery Barn Addison Headboard, features dentil moulding and crown moulding. Free easy plans from

Hi everyone and Happy Monday!!!

We have been working hard up at the Momplex last weekend.  Did you spend your weekend DIY-ing too?  I hope so - there's nothing like a good dose of Vitamin DIY!

A while back, my dear friend Brook of Being Brook (I'm sure you already know her and follow her and adore her too - you'd be crazy not too) wrote me asking if I could assist with plans for a headboard resembling a mantel, with lots of moulding.  Her inspiration came from the Pottery Barn Addison Headboard.

For about 1/5 of the price of the Pottery Barn version, Brook made this!!!

Are you wowed?  I am!!!

We've put the plans together below, but please, take a second first to stop over and read Brook's post on building this bed.  

And yes, the nightstands are DIY too - plans coming soon!

Thanks Brook!!!

Queen Sized


Shopping List

5 – 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 sheet of ¼” plywood
3 – 7’ sticks of moulding in sizes (see last step)
Optional moulding on center panel (2 8’ sticks)
2 ½” PH screws
2” and 1 ¼” finish nails

Cut List

2 – 2x6 @ 59 ¼”
2 – 2x6 @ 54”
2 – 2x2 @ 8 ½”
1 – 2x2 @ 68”
1 – 2x6 @ 68”
2 – 2x4 @ 3”
1 – 2x4 @ 71”
1 – 1x6 @ 73”
1 – ¼” plywood @ 56” x 22 ¾”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
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

Start by building a basic frame. This headboard is designed for a queen size. You can alter the size by adding to the width for king, or subtracting from the width for twin and full sizes.

Step 2

Now attach cleats to sides.

Step 3

And then to front, attach additional boards. Take your time to make sure the ends match up perfectly.

Step 4

Finish off the end with some blocking ....

Step 5

Step 6

And now the header. You can also use screws here.

Step 7

Fill in the back panel. You could also fill in with an upholstered panel!

Step 8

Now add moulding! There's alot of flexibility in the type of moulding you choose.

Step 9

Here is a close up of the moulding Brook used.

Step 10

And a close up of the finished moulding Brook used. Please stop over and read Brook's post here for more details.


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.


Carrie McCarthy (not verified)

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 16:47

Hi Ana,
Spent the weekend on this headboard. My uncle provided some extra muscle, tools (and most importantly) know-how. I finished it and it looks just as promised. We had a little trouble with mitering the crown so if you have a tutorial on that, that would be helpful. But other than that, it's perfection! I'm now hooked on woodworking and may spend all of my time on redoing the rest of my house! You're the best!

Amy G d (not verified)

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 13:09

I just found your site and love it! This headboard is exactly what I'd like, but I need the plans with measurements for a king sized bed. We're they ever created/posted?

Amy Good (not verified)

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 13:11

I just found your site and love it! This headboard is exactly what I'd like, but I need the plans with measurements for a king sized bed. We're they ever created/posted?

Tucker (not verified)

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 16:47

Do you have the measurements for a king size in the headboard bed? If so I love to be able to make this bed.

Thank you!

Lindsey (Newpo… (not verified)

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 18:29

Love this headboard. We were able to start and finish ours in a three day weekend. However, we did make a few changes. We added about 6 inches in height and created an upholstered tufted headboard in the center. It turned out amazing and looks very luxurious! The tufting was a lot easier than you think! We did paint the bed white as shown and the fabric is a amazing silvery grey velvet.……


Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:34

I see all the requests for King size, but no responses. Are these sent directly to those who request? If so, I would like to have the King size measurements as well. :)


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:48

Thanks for posting these plans. I modified the design with a slightly larger insert area and shortened the overall height to 54". I plan on building the mini-farmhouse bedside tables as nightstands to go with the headboard.

As the headboard is coming together, the weight of the headboard makes me wonder just how am I going to attach this to the bed frame? Should I mount it directly to the wall, or are the 2x6's strong enough to drill through and mount directly to the metal bedframe rails?

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