Transform dowels and vinyl flashing into a DIY headboard for any mattress size.
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Please refer to the Project Diagram for specific measurements for the king, queen, full, and twin headboard sizes.
Cut four 1 x 3 boards to the length specific to your bed size.
On the faces of the two of the boards, make centered marks where shown (Project Diagram). Use a 1-1/2-inch spade bit to drill holes through the boards at the marks.
Cut the dowels to length for your bed size.
Glue and clamp together a drilled board and undrilled board. Repeat with the remaining two boards. Finish-sand rails when glue is dry.
Cut 1-1/2-in dowels to length shown (Project Diagram) and finish-sand them. Place one rail at each end of the dowels. Glue the dowels into the holes in the rails. Square the frame and allow the glue to dry.
Apply satin polycrylic per instructions on the can; let dry.
Measure and cut three pieces of vinyl flashing to the lengths shown (Project Diagram) -- make sure the cuts are square. Cut each piece in half lengthwise, making six strips.
Weave the strips through the dowels. Staple one end of each strip in place on the back side of one end dowel. Pull the other ends tight and staple them to the other end dowel. Trim the excess strip with a utility knife and straightedge.
Attach D-ring hangers to the back of the top rail and hang the headboard on the wall.