Beachy Bliss: How To Build a Simple DIY Rattan Headboard

Marcia Socas
by Marcia Socas
2 Materials
1 Hour

If you're seeking a way to infuse that beachy vibe into a plain space, then you are going to love this DIY headboard. In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you exactly how to craft a stunning DIY rattan headboard that adds a touch of coastal aesthetics to your sanctuary.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Tools and Materials:

  • Tape measure
  • Saw (circular saw or hand saw)
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Staple gun
  • Staples (compatible with staple gun)
  • Scissors
  • 2x2's (quantity will depend on headboard dimensions)
  • 3/4 inch plywood sheet
  • Screws (appropriate size for securing plywood to frame)
  • Jute rug ( size depends on the frame size)

With these tools and materials at your disposal, you'll be well-equipped to embark on your creative headboard solution and transform your space into a serene coastal haven.

Easy DIY headboard using plywood and jute rug

1. Cut Your Boards

To kickstart your DIY coastal decor adventure, head to the hardware store and buy some two-by-twos and three-quarter-inch plywood. These will form the foundation of your DIY headboard.

Measure and cut your wood for the headboard frame

Carefully measure and cut the two by twos to match your desired headboard height. I aimed for a height of 57 inches.

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2. Constructing the Frame

With your frame in mind, assemble the two by twos to craft a sturdy foundation.

Add plywood boards to the frame

Crown your frame with the plywood pieces, firmly securing them using screws.

Step-by-step guide for creating a coastal-inspired rattan headboard

The thick plywood serves a dual purpose—it not only forms a robust structure but also provides the perfect surface to lean against while lounging in bed.

5x7 Foot jute rug

3. Crafting the Coastal Vibe

Now comes the fun part!

For this DIY headboard, I craved that beachy bedroom vibe but needed a pocket-friendly twist. Weaving or tanning an entire headboard wasn't in the budget, so I opted for a brilliant alternative: a 5 x 7 foot jute rug, conveniently ordered online for just $62.

Staple the rug to the headboard

Gently drape the jute rug around your headboard canvas, securing it in place by meticulously stapling along the edges.

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Be sure to save the corners for last. Fold them tightly and secure them with staples, completing the headboard project.

Transforming a plain room with a jute rug headboard

Slide your newly crafted jute rug headboard into its designated spot, connecting it to your bed frame or, attaching it to the wall itself.

More Headboard Projects

For another great DIY headboard idea, check out this slat wall headboard with a twist tutorial.

DIY rattan headboard

DIY Rattan Headboard Tutorial

Now, it's your chance to try this DIY rattan headboard project and add a bit of coastal charm to your world. I'd love to hear what you think and see your creations—please share your thoughts and journey in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Jute rug
  • Staple gun
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  • Tam Tam on Aug 16, 2023

    Love it! Looks so professional at a fraction of the cost...BRAVO!