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

Crystal (not verified)

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 03:53

The link for the King bed is no longer available. My Girlfriend and I want to build it together. (one for each of us) Is there another place to find the shopping list and cut list?

I just finished the console table. Thank You!!!

livaward (not verified)

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 12:17

I just finished making this headboard and I am in love! I posted on your facebook also with a picture.....just wanted to say I made a rookie mistake and cut all my boards first so my panel pieces came a bit short and there is a gap.....so I'll remember that for my next project!

Karrie Johnson (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 05:26

Ana-
I love your site! Can you please advise what measurements would be needed to make this headboard in a twin size? My 3 year old daughter is ready for a big girl bed and I would love to make it for her, I didn't see any information for this in twin, only queen and king size. Thank you so much, your site is so inspiring!

-Karrie

Ian (not verified)

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 06:08

This is awsome!
I found out about your site yesterday and buit this headboard after work. I finished assembling it arond 10h30pm and all thats left is the sanding and staining.
I used the ruff lumber since is was WAY cheaper and look alot more like reclaimed wood. It did take me a long time to choose the wood since most of the ruff lumber is crooked or too ruff. The outcome looks nice. I will post picture later.

Are most using ruff lumber or planks?