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How to Make a Wooden Woven Headboard

Sleep in style with this beautiful woven headboard. You don’t have to be a skilled woodworker to transform plain plywood into a handsome headboard.


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Sandpaper
  • Table saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tape measure
  • T-square or carpenter’s square


  • 1/4-in x 4 x 8 hardwood plywood (Add a 1/4-in x 2 x 4 hardwood plywood for the king)
  • 3 – 1 x 3 x 6 choice pine boards, (2 for full and twin)
  • Titebond wood glue, #86091
  • 1 quart Minwax fast-drying satin polyurethane, clear satin, #45862
  • 1 quart Minwax wood finish, English Chestnut, #74469
  • 2-in wood screws
  • D-ring hangers, #264577

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Customize this affordable headboard for a king, queen, full, or twin bed. The plans include general directions; refer to the Diagram for the exact cutting measurements and part quantities based on your mattress size.

Step 1

Cut three long strips and five (or seven for a king) shorter strips from the plywood with the grain running in the long dimension of the strips (see Project Diagram for part sizes). Cut two long and two shorter frame pieces from the pine boards (see Diagram for correct sizes). Finish-sand the strips and frame members, and then vacuum and wipe clean.

Step 2

Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22-in x 70-in king frame (22-in x 54-in for queen; 22-in x 48-in for full; and 22-in x 33-in for twin). Stain the frame and both sides of each plywood strip.

Step 3

Select the best strip faces for the front of the headboard. Lay out two long strips front-face up on a flat work surface. Lay two short strips, front-face up, on top of the long ones -- one at each end -- to form a rectangle. Check that each corner is square, apply glue, and stack weights on each corner until the glue dries.

Good to Know

If you need to temporarily mark the location of a part while removing it to apply glue, use strips of painter’s tape instead of a pencil line.

Step 4

Wooden Woven Headboard
Wooden Woven Headboard

Center a short strip between the two end strips, add glue, and apply weight until the glue dries. Apply glue to the overlapping parts and leave weights on the strips overnight.

Step 5

Wooden Woven Headboard
Wooden Woven Headboard

Weave the two remaining short strips through the long strips. (This will require some bending and sliding to accomplish.) Glue each at the ends and apply weight overnight.

Step 6

Wooden Woven Headboard
Wooden Woven Headboard

Flip headboard face down. Cut two shorter and four longer (see Diagram) plywood spacer strips to provide a flat surface for gluing the frame to the headboard. Dry-fit the spacers between the upper strips along the outside long and short strips to help level the surface in a rectangle where you’ll attach the frame. Center each spacer on the width of the strip, apply glue, and add weights to hold them in place.

Step 7

Wooden Woven Headboard
Wooden Woven Headboard

Apply glue to the back edge of the headboard frame, center it on the headboard and spacers, and add weight or use clamps to hold it in place while the glue dries.

Step 8

Apply satin polyurethane to the finished headboard, sanding lightly between coats. Attach D-ring hangers to the top of the frame approximately one-third the frame length in from each end. Hang using drywall anchors where needed.