DIY Modern Headboard

4 Materials
$45
4 Hours
Easy

Materials:

  • 3-1×2@6′
  • 7-1x4s@6′
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • Paint or stain



Cut List:

  • 3-1×2@61″
  • 5-1×4@61″
  • 3-1×4@22 7/8″

(These measurements are for a full size mattress.)

Cut all the boards as specified in the cut list.

I laid out all the boards on the ground to see the pattern I wanted first.

I attached the two end pieces first to connect the top and bottom horizontal boards. I brought it out flush with the end of the horizontal board then checked for square before attaching with a 1 1/4″ screw. I drilled slowly so I wouldn’t crack the board and stopped when the screw was almost flush with the board. Repeat for all four corners of the headboard.

Next, I just drilled in the rest of the boards in the pattern I arranged earlier. I used an 1/8″ spacer in between the boards as I was attaching them. I also added another 22 7/8″ board in the center for extra support.

Here it is completely assembled. Now it’s time to stain! I used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner first then I used my go-to stain Minwax Early American. Seal with polycrylic if you choose.


FYI-This is a floating headboard so to hang you will need to buy or make a French cleat.

Love all the beautiful wood grain!

So happy with how this headboard turned out!

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3 questions
  • Sireesha
    Sireesha
    on Nov 3, 2020

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Great job. Do you happen to know what kind of wood you used?

  • James McLaughlin
    James McLaughlin
    on Nov 14, 2020

    I would like to do this for a queen bed, just need to know how much⁰ wood I will along with meserment s too cut wood. Thanks for you time.

    • Build It Thrifty
      Build It Thrifty
      4 minutes ago

      The measurements I used may actually fit your queen since they are 60" wide. I used 61" boards because I wanted it to be as wide as the platform bed frame the mattress is on (updated picture above). I would just take a tape measure and see what would work for you. That's the great thing about making your own, it can be as wide as you want! :)

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn
    on Nov 14, 2020

    How was it attached to the wall ??

    • Build It Thrifty
      Build It Thrifty
      on Nov 15, 2020

      Yes what Jeanne said! Lol I made homemade French cleats out of a 1x4 board and secured to the studs.

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