You wouldn't believe that this headboard/footboard set was so easy to make by looking at it. Following plans from Ana White, I created this set for our king sized bed and am ecstatic about the results! Check out how I made it here and even more details on my blog.
Framed out the plywood. I cut the plywood to the size I needed, then added a 1x4 of the same width to the top and bottom. I used a nail gun and wood glue to secure them.
Stained plywood backing (very important so no light areas show through between the shims later on) and began adding shims with wood glue and brad nails.
Finished shims, staggered randomly, and next trimmed off the excess on each end - turns out this was the hard way to do it, and I would recommend trimming the edge pieces to size before gluing and nailing, mine all broke when I tried to cut them as they are pictured here and I had to do a lot of repair.
Stained the shims. Paint stain on then wipe off with rag. This takes awhile and you want to be sure you look at the headboard from all different angles so you know that you covered everything.
Do the same process with the footboard, only smaller of course. Then at the end I added legs using Kreg Jig pocket holes on the back of the plywood. All done! Poly if you want, I opted not to.
Looks amazing close-up too!
Materials I used for this project:
- Plywood (Home Depot)
- Wood shims (Home Depot)
- 1x4s (Home Depot)