Hi there, friend! I’m so happy you’re here. Although it’s the ever-dreaded Monday, I’m really excited for the week ahead. I’ve got plans to go to a Detroit Tiger’s game, I get to watch my boyfriend’s band play at Vans Warped Tour (which is really huge), and on top of all that I have a really cool DIY project to share with you! I would say that’s a pretty good week.
This week, I’m sharing my super easy and affordable DIY headboard plans. Made from solid wood, this headboard adds a rustic-yet-modern touch to any bedroom. Even better, it can be easily customized to fit your bed size by following this guide to headboard sizes. To see how I created my full-size DIY headboard, check out the steps below.
- (7) 1 x 6 x 72″ Pine Boards
- (1) 2 x 4 x 104″ Premium Stud
- 2″ Wood Screws
- 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- Wood Stain of Your Choice
- 10″ Compound Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Hand Sander
- 100 Grit and 220 Grit Sand Paper
- Paint Brush and Rag
- Eye Protection
Step 1 – Cut & Sand Boards
Let me be honest, here. I basically built this headboard on a whim with no actual plans in mind so I made my cuts as I went, rather than all at once, for that very reason. I chose to make the bulk of the headboard out of six of these 1 x 6″ pine boards that I cut down to 60″ each. I used the last of the pine boards as a vertical reinforcement for the back of the headboard, so I cut that one to 32″.
In the second picture above, you can see the difference between the boards that were sanded and those that hadn’t yet been. I began by sanding the faces and edges of each board with 100 grit sand paper in order to smooth them out and round the edges some. I followed that with a few passes of 220 grit sand paper for an even finish.
Step 2 – Connect Vertical Reinforcement
To line up the 1 x 6″ boards, I placed two 2×4’s on either side – you could use any kind of scrap wood, levels, etc. to do this. I then attached the 32″ pine board in the center of the longer boards and attached it using 1 1/4″ wood screws through into each board.
Step 3 – Cut and Attach Legs
Previously, my headboard was 40″ tall. I chose to make this new one a bit taller, so I cut two 48″ legs from the 2 x 4″ board. As my headboard is for a full-size bed, I spaced the legs 54″ apart per the sizing guide I referenced above. I left 2″ between the top of the legs and the top of the horizontal boards and attached the legs in the same fashion as the middle support using 2″ wood screws. Not pictured are the holes I drilled in order to attach the headboard to my bed frame. There are two 1/4″ holes on each leg: one 8″ from the bottom and one 2 1/2″ below that.
Step 4 – Stain and Finish
To finish the piece, I used my new favorite stain. Minwax Wood Stain in “Honey” gives this headboard a warm and rustic finish that matches my decor perfectly. I applied two coats of this, wiping the excess each time to minimize stickiness and reduce drying time.
After the stain was completely dry, I replaced my old headboard with my brand-new DIY one. Check out how great it looks:
For the price of this build and the short amount of time that it consumed, there isn’t much of a better value out there. If you’re looking for a quick and affordable headboard option that pleases the eye, this one is the perfect option.
As always, feel free to leave your thoughts, questions, and advice in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by!