Reclaimed-Wood Headboard, Queen Size

These beautiful photos are from the amazing Cynthia and Nicole.

Simplicity and the beauty of soild wood come together in this headboard to transform a room. This project can be completed in just a few hours. Available in all standard bed sizes.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Shopping List: 

2 – 1×2 – 8′ Length
7 – 1×3 – 8′ Length
4 - 1×4 – 10′ Length
1 – 1×4 – 6′ Length
1 – 1×6 – 16′ Length
1 – 2×4 – 8′ or Stud Length

1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Work on a clean level surface. Use necessary safety precautions. Measure and cut your boards to fit your piece – measurements given are for a perfect build, and you may find your headboard off a tiny bit. So on the trim and top pieces, measure to fit, using the given cut list as a approximate measurement. Use glue and check for square after each step.

57 1/4" x 65 1/2"
Cut List: 

6 - 1×3 @ 55″ (Fronts and backs of Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Inside of Legs)
5 – 1×4 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)
3 – 1×6 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)
4 – 1×4 @ 58″ (Panel Trim, Front and Back)
1 – 1×3 @ 64 1/2″ (Top Trim)
1 – 2×4 @ 65 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)

Step 1: 

Legs. Begin building the legs by fastening the 1×2 middle piece to the 1×3 front leg piece, as shown above. To hide your nail holes, fasten for the 1×2 board into the back side of the 1×3 board. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Panel Pieces. Starting on the top, fasten the panel pieces as shown above. The red pieces are 1×4 boards, the blue are 1×6 boards. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Check for square. Hide your nail holes as you did in step 1.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Back of Legs. Use 2″ nails and glue to fasten the back of the legs in place. Fasten to the panel pieces and the middle leg piece. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Trim Pieces. Start by fastening the front trim pieces by using 1 1/4″ nails and nailing through the back into the back edge of the front trim. This will hide your nail holes. Then fasten the back trim in place using 2″ nails and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Legs Sides. Keeping outside edges flush, fasten the outer leg piece in place. Use 2″ nails and glue.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Top Trim. As shown above, measure and cut your top trim piece. The distance will be the overall width of the headboard at this step. Keeping the top trim flush with the outer leg and the front of the headboard, use 2″ nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Top of Headboard. Cut the top of the headboard piece 1″ longer than the trim piece from step 6. Mark 1/2″ in from all sides. Center on top of the headboard and fasten in place with glue and 2″ nails.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Finishing. Fill any visible nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. A bed frame can be attached by drilling holes in the fronts of the legs, and using bolts and nuts inserted in the slots open in the insides of the legs.

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I think I might have some ideas on how to achieve that finish. Distressing the wood is great, and glaze is a MUST but you might want to look into a product called texture putty. It's a lacquer based product that you can apply any number of ways, but you can get that 150 year old weathered look in about 25 minutes. Just apply it over your stained wood, and manipulate it how you need before it dries. Then apply glaze and a clear coat for the sheen you want, and viola! You have a finished piece just like what they have here.

Oh, I think this maybe my first project. I need to practice with our nail gun (my husband says it jams up with shorter nails, so I'm gonna test it out). We are in desperate need of a headboard.

Could you post a cut list to make this as a King? :)

Wow this is a great project! I just found your site a few days ago, and you are amazing! I have been wanting a headboard for my bed for a while, and this is perfect. Any chance you will be posting plans for a king-size bed?

Did you ever get plans for this headboard in a king size? I would like to build this but haven't heard back. Thanks so much!

I love this one! I'm not quite sure my husband and I are ready for the Farmhouse bed (I love it, but we've never built a THING in our lives!), I think this would be a great first project. I'd love the plans for a king please!

Hi! This is my first comment on your blog, but I have been lurking for at least a month! This will (hopefully) be my first project from here. I just broke down and bought a pneumatic nailer to finish some trim in our bathroom and I am ready to ROCK the Mason headboard. Could you please, please make the adjustments for a king size? (My husband will thank you - he's 6'5" and can't stand footboards!!!

I just found you blog and I am a huge fan! I have been without a headboard for years and would love to give this a shot. I too would love to have the King Plans if possible.
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

My brother in law has a barn on his property that is falling down- he told me to 'have at' the boards, and I think they'll be perfect for this project! (In a King size, if you could!) Thanks!

we know your super busy but would love the king size directions we just bought a new bed cal king and have been eyeing some of your bed frame plans cant decide what to make but we definately need the king size directions!!!!

I've got this all put together and it looks NOTHING like the gorgeous finished product! It seriously must ALL be in the finishing. {pushing up sleeves and diving in!}

I love this headboard! I am a little confused(it doesn't take much :)). With this:
6 - 1x3 @ 55" (Fronts and backs of Legs
I only count needing 4 what are the other 2 for or am I just missing something?

Great plans Ana! I have never built anything before, but this was definitely doable for me by myself. My husband taught me how to use the circular saw and then took a nap. By the time he woke up, I was nailing in the last board! Can't wait to finish it.

I am building this now and the only power tool I am using is a sander! I decided that I don't have to wait until I can afford a mitre saw and pneumatic nailer to get building :)

Will email pics once I'm finished!

How would you make this into a bed with side rails and a footboard? I was also looking at how you attached the bedrails on other beds and will a couple of screws hold up well for some... bedroom activity?

To get the pottery barn look, I used a mahogany gel stain. This was easy because you can apply it as light/dark as you want and wipe off. If you go darker in the cracks, creases, etc, it makes it very easy to achieve the same look. A few coats of a semi-gloss polycrylic and it looks great!

The link for the King bed is no longer available. My Girlfriend and I want to build it together. (one for each of us) Is there another place to find the shopping list and cut list?

I just finished the console table. Thank You!!!

I just finished making this headboard and I am in love! I posted on your facebook also with a picture.....just wanted to say I made a rookie mistake and cut all my boards first so my panel pieces came a bit short and there is a I'll remember that for my next project!

I love your site! Can you please advise what measurements would be needed to make this headboard in a twin size? My 3 year old daughter is ready for a big girl bed and I would love to make it for her, I didn't see any information for this in twin, only queen and king size. Thank you so much, your site is so inspiring!


This is awsome!
I found out about your site yesterday and buit this headboard after work. I finished assembling it arond 10h30pm and all thats left is the sanding and staining.
I used the ruff lumber since is was WAY cheaper and look alot more like reclaimed wood. It did take me a long time to choose the wood since most of the ruff lumber is crooked or too ruff. The outcome looks nice. I will post picture later.

Are most using ruff lumber or planks?

Hello! I'm having so much fun with your site! I'm wondering if you have plans for a twin available? I'd love for my husband to make 2 of these for our daughters since they'll be sharing a room soon. Thanks for your generous spirit!

Just an FYI to everyone here - these measurements are off... which is kind of a big deal when you're using reclaimed wood and you can't just get more.

Anyway, it's got the two top pieces measured at 64.5 inches and 65.5 inches. However, the panel pieces are 60" plus 2" on either side, plus an additional 3/4" if not an inch with the leg "caps". That brings the total width to 65.5" if not 66"... longer than the two top pieces are.

I don't know how to contact the author - but she really needs to know. I'm going to have to do some ripping now (since my leg pieces on the inside are a different type of wood) in order to cover it. Only had one 2x4 in the same wood... so I'm going to have to make it work somehow. Anyway, good luck! Other than that, it looks really good.

The same exact way... just make everything shorter (top to bottom). The widths would all apply as well (although you should look at my other comment because the measurements on this are slightly off.)

Seems that you built it wrong. The horizontal panels pieces are 60" (correct) but the legs are built using a 1x2 sandwiched between 1x3s. The horizontal pieces butt up to the 1x2s on the ends for a total width of approx 63" (60" + 1 1/2" for each 1x2). Then you add the additional 1x3s to the outside for an additional 1 1/2" (3/4" thick each). The brings your total width of the headboard panel to 64 1/2". That is exactly what Ana says in her instructions. Maybe the lumber you were using was actual size and not 'nominal'??

I have been searching for a headboard for our queen bed for a LONG time. This is perfect, I am so happy to find it. We are doing ours in yellow. Thanks so much for sharing!

I wish I had known of this site before I built my own version of this headboard for our King bed. I made mine to just hang on the wall behind our bed, with no legs or attachments to the bed frame itself. I measured the bed and took it from there. I bought wood from a pallet recycler, and so the wood was rough with saw marks, and it was authentically beat up. When it wasn't I hit it with a belt sander, hammer and anything else I had. I sanded it just enough to keep from getting splinters, stained/polyurethane in one step and hung it on the wall. It is identical to the one in the catalog with the trim on top. My wife loves it and I didn't spend $800.

Hi Ana,
My daughter turned me on to your site a few months ago. She talked me into getting her and her a husband a Kreg Jig for Christmas. (never even heard of one) I'm going to attempt this today, got my wood and had it cut last night. I'll upload a picture of it when I'm done. Thanks so much for sharing your plans!!!

Absolutely! Screws are just harder to hide. What you might consider is finish nails and a hammer for the front to hide your screws. Of course, if you are painting, this won't matter, as wood filler takes paint well.

I made this scaled down to fit a full size bed. Awesome, easy to follow plan. I did use screws, Cabinet or trim head. I added a runner to the back to help stabilize and prevent shifting of the planks.

Here is the finished product. Being my first project, I was happy with the results and learned a few things along the way. First, don't buy cheap wood! Unfortunately, I did and ended up having to paint it instead of staining it like I wanted. Also, measure twice, cut once. My boards were a little warped, so I used some of the left over pieces and attached them to the back with screws so it drew in the boards to make them straighter. Thanks Ana!. Now I'm on to the next project.

This may seem like a silly question, but I am having a hard time determining how you would prevent hitting where you have blind nailed when adding the outer pieces and trim, did you mark the places you nailed to avoid this?

Seems I did. I didn't buy 1*2's. I ripped them myself out of old barn wood.

So, while I was wrong, I was also right. Someone who actually builds according to the numbers written in the instructions will have a problem. Someone who buys "1x2"s from Home Depot will be fine since it's not actually 1"x2" inches.

Maybe just some clarification would be helpful. Or, not being an idiot and actually doing the math yourself before you rip down all your barnwood :)

I had such a wonderful time making this headboard! It went together so nicely I built two of your bedside tables to match prior to staining. Thank you so much for making my room look like a bedroom! It seems that our 3 kids have the most beautiful rooms ever. Now, thanks to you, my husband and I can have our dream room too. The best part is I can do it with out spending a fortune!

My husband and put this headboard together without too much trouble. We did put a brace across the back to help with some not so straight boards. It was a fun project to do together. Thanks. Love your site.

Ana, I made one of these headboards and it turned our great!

Now I want to make another and paint it this gorgeous turquoise color seen in the photo above. 
What brand and color of paint is this?

Reading through the instructions, I am not seeing where I need a kreg jig. I don't have one, and would prefer not to buy one if I don't need it. Each step just tells to use nails and glue?...

We've never built anything before. We also haven't had a headboard in years. So we figured it was time to do both! The plans were great. The only problems we had were a couple of our boards weren't straight (a good lesson for next time) Thanks so much for sharing this!

Someone commented that they needed to put a board on the back of the head board to help straighten out the warped boards. One way to help avoid this problem is by buying T&G (tongue and groove) boards. This allowes the boards to be locked together, preventing them from warping to badly as they age. T&G doesnt generally cost much more than plain cut lumber and is very helpful in these types of projects.

If you need to build this for a king, the conversion is pretty easy.

A king is 16 inches wider than a queen. On any dimensions that run horizontally, add 16 inches.

Where is everyone finding 1x2 and 1x3 pine? I have looked at 5 different lumber yards in Calgary and none of them carry pine in those dimensions. Fir and Maple, yes, but that's far too pricey. Any suggestions?

A big percentage of our lumber in the U.S. comes from Canada.

One option, and a pretty good one, is to buy No. 2 1x6 and rip it down to the width you need. Requires having a table saw though, or knowing somebody who has one.

I also live in Alberta and have a very difficult time finding pine (in any size). Most lumber yards in our province have relatively inexpensive spruce in 1 x 2" and 1 x 3" sizes. Be sure to measure the actual dimensions of the wood before building, as the dimensions of lumber in the US are sometimes different than the lumber we can get in Canada. I found out the hard way that I must adjust many of the plans on this site because lumber dimensions vary in different geographic regions. For example, the spruce 1 x 2 s available in my community are only 5/8" wide, not 3/4".

I'm new to all this and hoping to do this as a first project. Like some others, I read thru the plans and didn't see mention of the Kreg/screws. Are they for making it attachable to a bedframe? Thanks in advance for the clarification!