Make Your Own Weathered Wood Headboard

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A headboard is one of the quickest ways to make a master bedroom feel complete and, dare I say it, more “adult”. It can also add much needed design elements to your room. But… finding the right headboard to match your combined style can be expensive and not to mention time consuming!  We decided that making our own headboard was a great idea for our master bedroom makeover.  You can easily create a  beautiful, rustic headboard for a fraction of what it would cost to purchase. Bonus, this headboard required minimal power tools so if you’re like me, you can do a lot of the work yourself!

I  wanted a weathered wood headboard and stumbled upon a closed down green house that had plenty of scrap wood up for grabs. If you’re looking for the same weathered wood look you can search your local buy and sell ads for reclaimed wood, pallet wood or barn yard wood for sale. If you can’t find reclaimed wood you can use chains and a hammer on 1×6 lumber and a weathered grey stain to create a distressed look


Required tools

  • 4 – 2 x 4s for frame
  • 8 flat metal brackets
  • Dry wall screws
  • Wood for headboard (4 ft length)
  • Polyurethane
  • Wood Stain
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • 2 – Heavy duty nuts and bolts

The first step was to  prep the boards by scrubbing them with soap and water and  sanding down any rough spots to avoid splinters.

Measure (and re-measure) your bed to determine the width of the headboard.

Next hold a couple boards against the wall where the headboard will sit and determine the height you want the head board to be at.

Lay out all the boards and decide on the general shape your want for the headboard. For me, an arched top won over a squared or rounded top which made this project much easier since no Jig saw was required. I staggered each board by an inch and a half with the highest point measuring 63 inches from the bottom of the frame.


Once we figured out the general shape, we used 2 x 4 lumber to create a frame that we would later attach directly to the bed. When creating the frame, measure it so the base of the frame will sit a few inches below your mattress top. If you’re creating an arch, the top of the frame should sit just below your shortest end boards. Attach the frame together using metal brackets on all four corners and both sides.


Using drywall screws we attached each board to the frame with one screw in the top and one in the bottom in a straight line across.


I finished by staining the frame with a mix of blue and brown stains.  The two colors made a grey color close enough to the weather boards, I wasn’t too concerned with the color since the frame is barley seen.

Finally, finish the headboard by sealing with a satin finish Polyurethane.

To attached the headboard, core a hole through each leg of the headboard  and attach to the bed frame using a heavy duty bolt and washer.

There you have it! Total project cost.. around $80 and minimal time and effort for a huge payoff!

Happy DIYing!





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