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Use basic tools and skills to create a stylish hardwood headboard to fit any bed width.
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Dimensions for the six long boards (A) are for a king-size headboard. To adapt the instructions for a queen-size headboard, shorten the length by 16 inches. To adapt them for a full-size headboard, shorten them by 22 inches. For a twin mattress, cut five boards 43 inches long and two 38-inch pieces to make the curved top as shown. (There’s no shortened board between the long boards and the curved top for the twin-size headboard.)
From 1 x 4 boards, cut the two outside vertical supports (D), the two inside vertical supports (E), and the two upper vertical supports (F) attaching the rounded boards to the rest of the headboard. Save what’s left of the boards for later.
On a large, flat work surface, lay the six long boards edge to edge with their ends flush. Center the shorter board on the top long board. Then center the two boards you’ll cut with the rounded profile. Glue and screw the two outside vertical supports where shown. (For narrower headboards, move them in the same distance from the ends or eliminate them entirely for the full-size headboard.)
Glue and screw the two inside vertical supports followed by the two supports holding the curved top in place. Measure between the two inside vertical supports, and then cut a 1 x 4 board that length (G) to attach the two 18-inch Hangman cleats. Glue and screw the mounting board in place.
For twin-size headboards, cut five pieces 43 inches long and two 38-inch pieces for the curved top. Then glue and screw two 1 x 4 x 33 supports in place to hold the pieces together.
Using a beam compass set for 22-5/16 inches or a nail and string, draw an arc on the top two boards. Mount a fine-tooth blade in a jigsaw and cut the arc on the waste side of the line. Then sand the curve to the line.
Sand the front face, edges, and ends of the headboard from 120-grit up to 180 grit. Wipe the surfaces clean between grits and after the final sanding. Then apply three coats of clear finish, sanding lightly between coats.
Attach the two Hangman mounting cleats to the horizontal mounting board. (The twin-size headboard uses a single centered cleat.) Then attach the mating pieces of the wall cleats to your bedroom wall the same distance apart as they’re mounted on the headboard. Screw into wall studs where possible; otherwise, use wall anchors. Gently slide the headboard cleats into the wall cleats.