Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Queen Size

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:20
Difficulty
Beginner
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Easy DIY planked wood headboard - no special tools required!  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

 

These beautiful photos are from the amazing Cynthia and Nicole. Simplicity and the beauty of soild wood come together in this headboard to transform a room. This project can be completed in just a few hours. Available in all standard bed sizes.

Easy to build, all you need is a saw and nails - you can even use a hammer and nails!  

Most builders are spending about $50 making this beauty.  Be sure to check out brag posts.  Thanks to our site users for sharing their photos.

Free plans follow!

Dimensions
57 1/4" x 65 1/2" - suitable for most queen sized mattresses

Preparation

Shopping List

2 – 1×2 – 8′ Length

7 – 1×3 – 8′ Length

4 - 1×4 – 10′ Length

1 – 1×4 – 6′ Length

1 – 1×6 – 16′ Length

1 – 2×4 – 8′ or Stud Length

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

6 - 1×3 @ 55″ (Fronts and backs of Legs)

2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Inside of Legs)

5 – 1×4 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)

3 – 1×6 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)

4 – 1×4 @ 58″ (Panel Trim, Front and Back)

1 – 1×3 @ 64 1/2″ (Top Trim)

1 – 2×4 @ 65 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Use necessary safety precautions. Measure and cut your boards to fit your piece – measurements given are for a perfect build, and you may find your headboard off a tiny bit. So on the trim and top pieces, measure to fit, using the given cut list as a approximate measurement. Use glue and check for square after each step.

Instructions

Step 1

Legs. Begin building the legs by fastening the 1×2 middle piece to the 1×3 front leg piece, as shown above. To hide your nail holes, fasten for the 1×2 board into the back side of the 1×3 board. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 2

Panel Pieces. Starting on the top, fasten the panel pieces as shown above. The red pieces are 1×4 boards, the blue are 1×6 boards. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Check for square. Hide your nail holes as you did in step 1.

Step 3

Back of Legs. Use 2″ nails and glue to fasten the back of the legs in place. Fasten to the panel pieces and the middle leg piece. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 4

Trim Pieces. Start by fastening the front trim pieces by using 1 1/4″ nails and nailing through the back into the back edge of the front trim. This will hide your nail holes. Then fasten the back trim in place using 2″ nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top Trim. As shown above, measure and cut your top trim piece. The distance will be the overall width of the headboard at this step. Keeping the top trim flush with the outer leg and the front of the headboard, use 2″ nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 7

Top of Headboard. Cut the top of the headboard piece 1″ longer than the trim piece from step 6. Mark 1/2″ in from all sides. Center on top of the headboard and fasten in place with glue and 2″ nails.

Step 8

Finishing. Fill any visible nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. A bed frame can be attached by drilling holes in the fronts of the legs, and using bolts and nuts inserted in the slots open in the insides of the legs.

Comments

Beth in NY (not verified)

Sat, 03/06/2010 - 15:43

My brother in law has a barn on his property that is falling down- he told me to 'have at' the boards, and I think they'll be perfect for this project! (In a King size, if you could!) Thanks!

Blogging with … (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 04:05

My hubby and I want to build this ASAP - love it! Need a king size please - so excited!

Anonymous (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 05:31

we know your super busy but would love the king size directions we just bought a new bed cal king and have been eyeing some of your bed frame plans cant decide what to make but we definately need the king size directions!!!!

Anonymous (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 07:08

I love your site. I'm going to do a full. For King Size, all you need to do is extend the length of the panel boards.

Brenda (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 18:17

Thanks so much for the king size plans. I'm hoping to talk my husband into making this. I'll post pictures if we do. :)