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Create a custom headboard for your room in a weekend. Pick a wood, a finish, and a bed size to match your needs.
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Fashion planks into a headboard using our pattern, attach them to cleats, and hang from the wall. Just use the cutting list and diagram for your bed size.
For your headboard size, cut 1 x 6 boards to length for the planks (Project Diagram, Drawing 1 and Bed Size Cutting Diagram). Number the planks according to their length. Group by number and tape them together with the ends and edges flush.
Print the patterns (Plank Headboard Top Patterns) required for your headboard size (Project Diagram, Drawing 1) and cut them out. Spray adhesive on the backs of the patterns and attach them at the top ends of the planks. Cut the planks to shape with a jigsaw.
Sand the outside curves with a power sander and 120-grit sandpaper. Keep the sander moving around the corner to create a smooth flowing shape.
For the inside curves, wrap sandpaper around a 1-1/2-inch-diameter dowel to shape the curves. Sand the remaining flat surfaces of the planks smooth with a sander.
Cut two back cleats to the length required for your headboard size (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) from 1 x 4 poplar boards, and sand smooth.
Cut a 1/8-inch-diameter dowel into 2-inch-long pieces to use as spacers. Place the planks in sequence on a large, flat work surface (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Align the bottom edges of the planks and position a spacer dowel between each plank.
Position the cleats (Project Diagram, Drawing 3) on the back of the planks and secure. Drill countersunk pilot holes and drive 1-1/4-inch flathead screws into the cleat and planks.
Remove the cleat screws and apply a finish (American Walnut stain shown) to all of the part surfaces following the manufacturer’s instructions. When the finish has dried, reattach the cleats to the planks.
To hang the wall-mounting cleat, place painter’s tape on a wall where you want the headboard approximately 24 inches above the base trim. The length of the tape should match the width of the headboard (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Using a 4-foot level, draw a line on the tape 24 inches above the trim.
Use a stud finder to mark the studs on the tape. Install the Hillman hanging system on the wall, centering the bracket on the stud locations (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). The hangers should be close to the ends of the tape. Drive #8 x 2-in panhead sheet-metal screws into the studs.
Measure from the ends of the tape to the edge of the hangers and mark those distances on the back top cleat of the headboard (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Secure hangers to the headboard with the supplied fasteners and hang the headboard on your wall. For the twin and full headboard, use two hangers. For the queen and king, add a third hanger near the middle of the headboard. Estimated costs without a finish are $144 for a twin-size headboard, $177 for a full-size, $209 for a queen-size, and $249 for a king-size version.
For an alternative to stain, paint the headboard a rich red (Heirloom Red, #1010-3). Then sand off corners and edges for a worn look.
For contrast against colorful walls, choose a natural finish with three coats of satin polyurethane. Sand lightly between coats.
Try a white painted finish (Ultra White, #7006-24) to create a bold profile against dark painted walls.