DIY Headboard For Under $55

I’ve had a huge outpour of interest in making my DIY wooden headboard! I think most of you were shocked at how cheap it was to make yourself and trust me when I say I was just as shocked!  I’ve been looking everyone to buy one including big furniture stores and even our local Ross and they all seemed extremely pricey. The cheapest one I found was still running about $145. The crazy part is, I made mine for under $55! 52.31 to exact!!!

So I knew it was going to take about 3 days for this to be completely done from start to finish, so when you make yours don’t be in a rush to put it in your room right away. You are going to want to let the stain dry completely so you’re not bringing in that stinky smell too soon! 


Before I went to our local Home Depot I measured our bed in our master bedroom to try and get some measurements because we did have guests staying in the casita and I didn’t want to wait any longer to make it.  The height I used was 56″ and the width of the boards are 66″. I wanted to leave a little extra on each side of the mattress so I didn’t make them the exact mattress width.

Thankfully Home Depot overs free wood cutting. I’m sure if you had a huge project they wouldn’t cut all of your wood but because I only had a handful of boards he had no problem cutting them for me. 


What you’ll need:

6 | 1×6 shiplap cut to 66″
2 | 1×4 cut to 52″
1 | 1×3 cut to 28″

Small wood nails
Stain (Any color you want)
Sticky velcro strips

I decided to do shiplap wood instead of regular cedar because it was about $3 cheaper per piece. Which saved me about $20 total. Plus I still love the look of the shiplap! 

Once I had everything at home I laid all of my wood out and sanded the wood. You want the wood to be as smooth as possible. You don’t anything to get snagged on stray pieces of wood or get any splinters. Then I stained the wood. Don’t forget you’ll need to do the top, bottom, and sides of the wood also. You just don’t need to do the back.  I did three coats of Golden Oak stain. I did one coat every hour or 2. 

After it was dried I laid the wood face down and got my 1×3 piece of wood. I made sure everything was lined up even on each side and nailed each plank to the 1×3.  This is a great support piece in the middle of the boards and helps with the legs.  After it was all lined up and nailed together I flipped the the board over and got my 2 1×4 legs. I didn’t measure these exactly but if you need a measurement I did about 20″ in on each side. I used about 2-4 nails on each piece of wood on each side. 

Then once everything was put together I left it outside to air our for 2 additional days. I think one whole day would be fine but we had guests that weren’t leaving for 2 more days so it worked out fine for us. When I got the headboard in the room I realized this bed sits quite a bit lower than our bed in our master bedroom and ended going back to Home Depot and getting two more shiplap boards but at 66″. I thought about just cutting off a little bit of the wood at the bottom but I did like the height for the bed so I wanted to keep it at that. That’s why I ended up adding a couple more boards instead. 

Now this is a renter friendly trick if you can’t or don’t want to put holes in your wall. We didn’t want to put big anchors and holes in our walls out there because I do like to move stuff around and didn’t know how long the bed would stay where it’s at so I did velcro. Because the headboard has legs they velcro is not holding the bed off of the group so they weight of the velcro isn’t that big of a deal. I still picked out the velcro that would hold the most weight. I did 2 piece on each side of the legs at the top of the boards. That’s where most of the weight is at and we want it to hold up against the wall.

and voila!
You’ve got your very own DIY headboard!

If you make your own I’d love for you to tag me on insta or send me a photo!! 


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  • Reply Denise

    I plan on doing this for my sons room! I love the look! Now your measurements are for a queen or double correct? I’ll have to figure it out for a twin bed but this is so exciting!!

    May 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Hey Denise!

      It’s measured for a queen bed. I would measure the mattress of the twin and them add about 4-5 inches on each side. I would love for you to share pictures of yours when it’s finished!

      June 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Erika Toscano

    Hey! Im getting ready to make this headboard, and was wondering where the 1×3 boards are used? Are they just used to line up the 1×6 boards?
    Thanks again for sharing, cant wait to make mine! 🙂

    May 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Hey Erika!

      I used the 1×3 in the middle of the 1×6 shiplap boards. It was mainly used to add some support and hold all of the boards together so you can then add the legs on without everything moving. I would love to see a photo of yours once you’re finished! Tag me on IG @ebrooks

      June 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Tyrah

    What was the brand and color stain you used?

    August 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      The brand was varathane and the color was golden oak. : )

      August 21, 2019 at 2:25 am
  • Reply Kelly

    How many coats did you do on the bottom two pieces. They look darker than the rest?

    February 5, 2020 at 2:01 am
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Hey Kelly! I actually did the same amount of coats that I did on the top. They look a lot darker because after I added the six top boards and put it up against my bed I felt that I wanted to add a couple more. So the ones on the bottom were added later and didn’t completely dry when I took these pictures.

      February 6, 2020 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Juana Hernandez

    When you attached the legs to the whole piece . How do you do it so that the screws are not showing. Or are they just well hidden

    April 18, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      I just used nails that weren’t that long. I made sure they didn’t come out of the other end of the wood. And I did extra nails on each slate just to add extra security. Unfortunately I don’t have picture of the back available. We sold our house and the people asked to keep it.

      April 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Juana Hernandez

    Are you able to show photos of the back of the headboard?

    April 18, 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Moksha Essentials

    Thank you for sharing that detail.It was fascinating and insightful.Continue to share useful resources over these blogs…

    June 2, 2020 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Jackie Wallace

    I’m in love with how this turned out! I have been searching everywhere for a headboard like this and yours is my dream! I am doing a mini room makeover this summer. I am having some wood floor refinishing done in my home here in Statesville next week, and making this headboard is going to have to be next on my list! Thanks so much for sharing!

    July 16, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Thank you so much! That is so exciting!!!I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!!

      July 28, 2021 at 11:12 pm

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