Simple DIY Headboard

There’s just something about a headboard that makes the entire space of a master bedroom look cozy. Complete. Put together.

The only problem we had was choosing one that fit our style.

Oh, and that didn’t cost a fortune.

Thankfully, an idea came to mind after seeing some Pinspiration and watching some home renovation shows.

There was hope!

When I showed my husband what I wanted to create, he was on board.

Here are some of my Pinspirations:

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lexingtoncompany.com
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zulily.com
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homedit.com
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lassoabode.com

Easy, he said.

Easy!

I wanted something simple. Something that spanned the width of our bed but wouldn’t need any real upkeep. Something that would fit the space but would also fit changes in decor.

We decided this wooden headboard was the answer. I’ve provided directions in case you’d like to make your own!

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Husband with his creation. He put this thing together in an afternoon! I can’t believe how handy he is, or how simple it really was. Did I mention that he did this on July 4th weekend? Started on the 3rd and hung it up after drying overnight on the 4th before we left for our friends’ house!

Directions: 

1) Measure bed and choose desired size of headboard. It was quite the discussion. This is seriously why I love Pinterest. The fact that I can look at how the finished product could be is huge for me. I’m not exactly a conceptualizing kind of girl.

2) Gather materials and tools:

  • Planks (as many as you need to meet your desired height- we did 4 ft. ). We go to Lowe’s for ours. We’re there so often, our boys say it’s one of their favorite places to go…really!
  • Three 2X4s. These will be used on the back to hold the planks together.
  • Screws
  • Circular saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain of choice We like to test a small piece of the wood we’re going to use and let it dry while we’re building to see if what we’ve chosen is what we want to commit to for the entire project.

3) Lay out and measure your planks. We have a King-sized bed, so we measured its width and decided we would like about two inches on either side of the mattress to have the headboard go past it. Painter’s tape has been our friend in many times like these. We like to map it out on the wall and stand back from it to get a better idea of how it will look in our room. Pinterest is helpful, but every space is different. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case!

4) Cut boards to length with circular saw.

5) Use three 2×4’s to mount the headboards to (these will go vertically so the headboards will be horizontal). Here’s how this should look:

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6) Screw them together – make sure the screws you use are not too long and poke through the front but that they also go in far enough to hold everything together.

7) Sand, stain/paint finished boards.

8) Mount to the wall using Interlocking Flush Mount brackets – enough to hold the weight of about 200-300 lbs. I included the link for a ten pack. You’ll most likely use all ten to evenly distribute the weight.

Our final product! We added this little sign above it for a sweet and simple reminder of the way God calls us to love each other.

This is the link to our duvet. We found the denim pillows at Home Goods and the “love” pillow at Target.

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Every time my husband makes something for our home, I do know that he really does enjoy the craftsmanship in woodworking. However, I also know that a big part of what gets us through is that agape love.

I’m not easy to please with my Pinterest dreams and specific ideas, but he hangs in there with me and listens. He reads directions (sometimes not great ones) and works out the problems we encounter even though it can be frustrating. He gives me grace when I dream a little too big for the space and he loves me when what I want stretches him a little thin.

Thankful for this man and for our cozy little space in this fixer upper of ours.

~Andrea

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