Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Queen Size

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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.

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


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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
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.


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.


Guest (not verified)

Sun, 11/13/2011 - 14:38

What color and brand paint is the green headboard? It's such a nice color! I want to paint a cabinet the same shade.

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 11:52

Someone commented that they needed to put a board on the back of the head board to help straighten out the warped boards. One way to help avoid this problem is by buying T&G (tongue and groove) boards. This allowes the boards to be locked together, preventing them from warping to badly as they age. T&G doesnt generally cost much more than plain cut lumber and is very helpful in these types of projects.


Sat, 11/19/2011 - 12:46

If you need to build this for a king, the conversion is pretty easy.

A king is 16 inches wider than a queen. On any dimensions that run horizontally, add 16 inches.

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 10:53

Where is everyone finding 1x2 and 1x3 pine? I have looked at 5 different lumber yards in Calgary and none of them carry pine in those dimensions. Fir and Maple, yes, but that's far too pricey. Any suggestions?

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 13:45

I also live in Alberta and have a very difficult time finding pine (in any size). Most lumber yards in our province have relatively inexpensive spruce in 1 x 2" and 1 x 3" sizes. Be sure to measure the actual dimensions of the wood before building, as the dimensions of lumber in the US are sometimes different than the lumber we can get in Canada. I found out the hard way that I must adjust many of the plans on this site because lumber dimensions vary in different geographic regions. For example, the spruce 1 x 2 s available in my community are only 5/8" wide, not 3/4".

BrandFranplou (not verified)

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:38

Great blogpost at least I think so. Thank you for providing that information.

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