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.
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!!