Accent Wall + Headboard

Amy Wadsworth
by Amy Wadsworth
5 Materials
2 Hours

This slat accent wall + headboard is super affordable and an easy DIY project done in just a few hours. Be sure to subscribe to my blog for more DIY accent walls, projects for the home, and easy crafts/gifts!


  1. Find the studs you’re going to attach the eight-foot vertical boards to. The studs were four feet apart which means there will be a foot of the horizontal board hangover on each side. Our bedroom ceilings are nine feet tall so I had to cut two, one-foot pieces from the third board. Use wood screws to attach the vertical boards that go from floor to ceiling.
  2. Start at the ceiling with the five-inch header board. Attach the header board with the brad nail gun. Make sure to measure a foot of hang-off on each side of the vertical board. All your other boards will line up with this one.
  3. Use a 1.5” board on it’s side as the spacer board between each horizontal board. There is .75” of space in between each board – it’s aesthetically pleasing and easy to do by using a board you already have. I used a ruler to line up the ends of the horizontal boards.
  4. The pattern I followed was: small - small - big - small – big. Once you get going and in a groove, it goes really quick. Before you start, line up your boards in the pattern you choose. Also be sure to look over each board and make sure the best side of the board is the one showing when you install it. Avoid buying bowed boards.
  5. Once I got to the bottom, I decided to use a three-inch board because it covered the end of my vertical boards best and it worked as a cap to finish the accent wall. It overlaps my baseboard a bit, but I like the finished look it creates.
  6. If you don’t want the brad nail marks to show, you can use wood filler. I personally like the look of the nail marks. You can also run a bead of white caulk to finish the connection between the header board and ceiling. I decided not to, but it is an option.


3 – 1.5” x 8’ pine boards (these are the vertical boards)

1 – 5” x 6’ pine board (this is the header board at the ceiling)

1- 3” x 6’ pine board (this is the bottom board that overlaps the baseboard)

22 – 1.5” x 6’ pine boards (referenced as small boards)

15 – 2.5” x 6’ pine boards (referenced as big boards)

brad nail gun and 2” nails

electric screw driver/drill and wood screws

stud finder



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I scooted the bed over just enough to squeeze a ladder in there, but you don't need too much space to work in.

After locating the studs, I pre-drilled through the pine board and into the sheet rock and stud. I also had to adjust the torque on the drill so that I didn't strip the screw. Pre-drilling and adjusting the torque help the wood screw to go in clean and quick.

I'm getting the five inch wide header board in place - measuring the hang-off on each side to make sure the board is centered.

I'm half way done! You can see the spacer board - it's on it's side between the slats. Once I nail in this side, I can just pull out the spacer board and move it down to add space again.

If you layout your boards and make sure the side showing looks good and the boards aren't bowed, you can install them very quickly with the brad nail gun.

I removed the headboard from her current bed and just pushed it up to the new slat accent wall. It doubles as a headboard and looks so grand going from floor to ceiling.

We brightened things up with a new comforter from Target and some white linen curtains from Home Goods. The new light color scheme and softness looks so great with the organic and natural accent wall.

Our teen loves her new $125 headboard! And we love the wall accent - it completely elevates this simple small bedroom.

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  • Sharon Sharon on May 23, 2021

    Looks great, but cleaning, painting that wall space? Alot of hardware drilled into that drywall as well.

  • Linda M Boyer Linda M Boyer on May 30, 2021

    Do you finish it with anything? Like polyurethane or lacquer?

  • Lisa E. Head Lisa E. Head on Sep 30, 2021


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  • Katen Katen on May 11, 2024

    Funny. Looks like blinds to me and I like it. Fresh looking especially for tween. Open to so many possibilities. I might consider is lights behind the slats. I don’t know just feels right to me. Thanks for sharing inspiration

  • Gig69451122 Gig69451122 on May 11, 2024

    I think something much easier could be used. A bamboo screen attached with 2 or 3 nails, @ the top.