DIY Headboard

Before Jack and I moved into our house, we lived in an apartment for 9 months. We knew we wouldn’t be there long but didn’t have much furniture so we built a few things that we only intended to use for those months in the apartment. A headboard was one piece and it ended up moving with us to the house (1 year ago this week!) because I liked how it turned out! So I’ll do my best to rewind and go over how we built it.

DIY Headboard

We built the headboard in two main pieces: the frame and the backing (horizontal pieces). For the backing, there are 2 1″x 4″s running vertical along the backside (you can’t see them from the front). Screwed to the 2 vertical pieces on the back are alternating 1″x 6″s and 1″x 4″s running horizontally. Each board is cut to 66 1/2 inches so it fits our queen size bed. The total backing piece is 41 inches tall.

DIY Headboard

The frame started with 1″x 4″s for the legs. At 26 inches high, we screwed a 1″x 4″ onto each leg.

DIY Headboard

The top of the frame is a 1″x 3″ (it ends up sitting on top of the backing), a 1″x 2″ and then a 1″x 4″ laying flat across the top. The 1″x 4″ on the top is 68 1/2 inches long so it hangs off about an inch on each side.

DIY Headboard

We screwed the frame on top of the backing. So it is a total of 67 inches tall and about 66 1/2 inches wide.

DIY Headboard

We stained it with Minwax Ebony wood stain which has gone well with the different bedding we’ve had.

DIY Headboard

Hopefully that was somewhat understandable even though I only have the “after” pictures. I want to make a different one for my bedroom at the cabin so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some good step by step pictures of that one! Thanks for checking out our DIY headboard. Next week’s post may or may not include a new puppy 🙂

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