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Round-Top Headboard

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Use basic tools and skills to create a stylish hardwood headboard to fit any bed width.

Round-top headboard in bedroom

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Miter saw or handsaw and miter box
  • Jigsaw with fine-tooth wood-cutting blade
  • Cordless drill and driver bits
  • Tape measure
  • Random-orbit sander and 120-grit sanding discs
  • Beam compass
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Fine-grit sanding sponge
  • Painter’s tape

Materials

  • See Project Diagram for lumber required
  • 6-in Hangman picture hanging system, #56156
  • or 18-in Hangman picture hanging system, #56378 (see Project Diagrams)
  • 1-1/4-in drywall screws
  • Hollow-wall anchors
  • Wood glue
  • Rust-Oleum wood stain, Ebony
  • Rust-Oleum satin polyurethane

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Introduction

Each size bed requires subtle modifications to the plans. The instructions below are for a full-size or queen-size headboard. Print the appropriate size project diagram for your bed and follow those instructions. Where adjustments need to be made, you will find notes listing the different steps required for your bed size.

Assemble the Slats

Step 1

From 1 x 6 poplar boards, cut slats to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram) as follows: For a full, queen, and king-size headboard, cut slats (A), a middle slat (B), and arch slats (C). For the twin-size headboard, omit the middle slat

Step 2

Sand the boards with 120-grit sandpaper. Place the best face of the slats down on a work surface and align the slats according to the diagram (Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Step 3

From 1 x 4 poplar boards, cut the remaining parts to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). For the twin-size bed, cut the spreader (D), cleats (E), and arch cleats (F). For the king-size headboard, cut two end cleats (G).

Step 4

Sand the parts prior to assembly with 120-grit sandpaper; arrange them on the back face of the slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Step 5

Attach the spreader and cleats to the back of the slats.

Glue and screw the cleats to all of the slats -- except the two arch slats on each headboard -- with 1-1/4-in drywall screws. For the arch slats, secure with screws only for easier sanding and shaping later.

Shape and Stain

Step 1

A compass strikes a perfect arch.

Flip the headboard over and mark the center point of the arch that creates the round top (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Set a beam compass to draw a 21-3/4-inch arch across the arch slats. The center point is located 22-inches from the top for all headboard sizes.

Step 2

Jigsaw the curve to create the round top headboard.

Using a fine-tooth blade in the jigsaw, cut the round top from the arch slats..

Step 3

Sand most of the arch using a random-orbit sander. When approaching the area where the curve reaches the slats, stop and remove the arch slats (C). Sand the remainder of the round-top shape (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Good to Know

When sanding a curved shape that crosses multiple parts, keep the parts adjacent to each other while sanding the curved edge. This will ensure a smooth transition from part to part. When you approach a straight edge like where the arch meets the remaining slats, remove the arch slat and complete the sanding of the last few inches of the shape to avoid damaging the adjacent part.

Step 4

Glue and screw the arch slats back in place.

Step 5

Apply the ebony wood stain or a color you prefer. Apply two coats of polyurethane, sanding between coats with a fine-grit sanding sponge.

Install the Headboard

Step 1

Install the Hangman hangers on the back of the headboard. For the twin-size bed, attach two 6-inch-long hangers. For the remaining sizes, switch to the 18-inch-long hangers. Secure one part to the headboard with the screws provided (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). The hangers should be aligned with the outside edge of the cleats (E).

Step 2

Install the remaining hardware on the wall. The exact height will vary based on the height you wish the headboard to extend above the top of the mattress. Scan the wall using an electronic stud finder, and where possible, secure to the wall studs with the screws provided. For the remaining holes use hollow wall anchors.

Good to Know

The headboard can also be bolted to your existing bed frame, depending on the frame’s design and mounting plates. Drill through the headboard and secure with bolts.

Use basic tools and skills to create a stylish hardwood headboard to fit any bed width.