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West Elm Inspired Headboard

Looking for a great week-end project to spruce up your bedroom? Our West Elm inspired window headboard plans may help!
I loved the look of West Elm's headboard but was having trouble coughing up the almost $400 to buy it. I asked my husband if we could build it. He mistakenly said "sure."
6 hours and ~$60 later we had our headboard. The plans and cut list for the headboard can be found at our blog.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $60 Difficulty: Medium
Gather your supplies and cut your lumber. (Supplies and cuts can be found at http://decorandthedog.net/decorandthedog/2011/01/headboard-how-to.html)
Lay out lumber in shape of the headboard as a dry fit. Put the good sides of the lumber (the sides you want to show) face down. Mark the back sides so you know which side to drill the pocket hole into:
Drill pocket holes using jig.
Screw headboard together. This is where math and a right angle are handy. I, obviously, was not involved in this step. I was doing useful things...like lamp shopping.
Sand. We used our Rockwell Sonicrafter Sander.
Prime. We used FastPrime2. It was in our basement. It works. I applied it with a brush and a mini-roller. It took FOREVER because there are A LOT of corners. It won't look pretty after the prime...don't get discouraged.
Attach to bed frame with bolts.

To see more: http://decorandthedog.net/decorandthedog/2011/01/headboard-how-to.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • 3popps
    on Jul 4, 2012

    That's a beautiful headboard. Your husband did a nice job.

  • Kyle G
    Kyle G Middletown, NJ
    on Jul 4, 2012

    Love the modern headboard! Something like this would go perfect in my bedroom. Great work!

  • Sue A
    Sue A De Forest, WI
    on Jul 5, 2012

    I LOVE the headboard, but am more than a little obsessed with geometric shapes;)

  • Rebecca S
    Rebecca S Salt Lake City, UT
    on Jul 6, 2012

    Nice job! I think I might tweak this concept & go for the lazy woman's way by creating a headbaord out of a product called Overlays I saw on the Nate Berkus show a while ago. If I do I will share pics!

  • Kimberly L
    Kimberly L Clanton, AL
    on Jul 6, 2012

    Your husband said "sure" on the first request???? That's where I started being impressed with this project... It is perfectly lovely. Great work you two!!

    • Jeannie.mcquaid
      Jeannie.mcquaid Canada
      on Apr 20, 2017

      Clearly, he wasn't really paying attention to the conversation. "Sure, dear". i know that's how I got a new ceiling fan installed in the bedroom. ;-)

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