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 really wish someone would answer this question because my wife wants this headboard and no one has answered it yet after many people have can someone please, answer the question on the kreg jig and screws?

The kreg jig is for making a different kind of joint than a nail gun. You'd mostly use them in different situations, where a nail would just pull out the screw will hold.

Not that nails can't be strong. But they're terrible at resisting forces parallel to the nail.

What is the best type of wood to use when building this. Ideally I would have it cut at a store like Home Depot or Lowes and Purchase the wood from there, but what do I need to buy if I intend to stain the finished product.

First, nearly any wood will do, with pine being favorite for price, ease of working and weight.

Second, don't let those hacks at the home improvement store cut your wood. Employees of home stores and lumber yards are not in the furniture making business, and their cuts will only be accurate to within about an inch. Accurate to within about an inch is the same as making scrap wood if you're talking about furniture.

You can make your own cuts quite easily. This headboard uses all solid wood, which means you can make the cuts with a hand saw. Most home stores sell hand saws, which are quieter and safer to use than powered saws, and perfect for a project like this. The Woodwright episode on Sawing Secrets tells you most of what you need to know about making good cuts with hand saws. If you're adventurous you can even try out the Japanese style pulls saws (also sold at home stores), which can be easier to use. The same principals as shown in that video apply.

Just buy a little bit of extra wood to practice on, so you can do your initial learning on wood that doesn't matter.

Also, only buy wood from a home center as a last resort. Their wood is a much lower grade. If you go to a lumber yard and ask for No. 2 pine in 8ft lengths, they'll pick decent wood out of the stack and load it into your truck for you (if you don't have a truck, borrow a truck).


I've searched the community, read all comments, etc. and can't figure out where to use the Kreg Jig and screws that I just went and spent $100+ for.

Can anyone help please? I've got everything spread across the garage and now not sure not to proceed.

Thank you!

The kreg jig will be most useful in fastening the slats of the back into the rails supporting them. It looks like that's shown in step 2 above. Drill the holes on what you intend to be the back side. In fact, wherever possible, attach fasteners via the back side.

The Kreg jig is listed in the tools, but I don't see where it is used. Am I missing something?

Also, I never know which wood to buy. I always end up getting pine, but it always looks so amateurish. Any suggestions for this project?


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Not sure what I did wrong. Bought Pine at the Hardware Store today to the plans for this headboard which I've been DYING to make and the cost came out to $92.00!! Everyone keeps saying their total cost was under $50, and I didn't even buy the hardware yet. What type of pine is everyone getting that's it's so cheap?

Upon reading your response Clay, I wished I had a local lumber yard, but I didn't think I could fine one (I live in New Jersey, where it's mostly all big brand name stores). I returned my wood from one big brand lumber store and purchased new wood from another, somehow saving $40 and later......found a family-owned lumber yard 6 blocks away from home!!! Bummed I didn't find them earlier, but now I know for the future and did buy some hardware from them today. Thanks for your article, spent all day making a work table and cutting my wood! Plan on putting it all together before work tomorrow :)

I was able to find small local lumber dealers near Toronto, a city not known for its smallness. If they can be found there, they can be found anywhere. Your own experience suggests that it's just a matter of hunting.

I think the biggest problem is that when we go to buy things, we're accustomed to looking for advertisements, or looking for somebody selling in the regular retail areas. Lumber dealers of course don't have a presence in those places, because that's not where their customers are.

I have had decent luck using google. That tipped me to some local suppliers I wouldn't have noticed. Also, keep an eye out for small signs by the road. I found a decent hardwood dealer from a sign by the highway.

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Where did you get the cushions in this shot? They match up fantastically with my own colour scheme. Thankyou

The directions show and illustrate using a 2x4 for the top of the headboard. Looking at the picture of the finished headboard it sure doesn't look like a 2x4 on the top. And the trim on the outside edges of legs, the instructions say to keep them flush. The finished picture show the trim pieces extending about a quarter of an inch in the front. Anyone following these directions are not going to end up with what is pictured as the final product. Have you ever compared you just purchased hamburger or sandwich to the advertised picture? Seems to be the trend not to get what you expect.

The picture was not built exactly to the plan. The top looks more like a 1x4. If you follow the plans it will look like the sketch up picture and not the actual picture.

I would love to know what brand and color you painted this with as well as where to get that pretty floral pillow on the right!?!

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Hi Ana,
I would love the king size plans if/when you have a spare moment! This is what I have been looking for and cannot wait to start it!


Thank you for posting this very nice design, but I am a little confused about the shopping list. You suggest buying 11/4 inch, 2 inch 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws and 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws, along with the previously mentioned Kreg Jig, but I don't see any mention of inserting screws in the description. Is there an alternative plan using screws instead of nails? Thanks

First and foremost since this is my first comment on your blog, you've done an amazing job Ana. Very inspiring and educational content.

My question for this piece however is in concern for the strength of the bed. It seems just by looking at your plans that any frame connected to this headboard would only be attached to a 1x3 plank.

Do you (or any of your readers who've built this) feel that this is enough support to last over time? Beds take a lot of abuse, especially with my having two boys that use it as a trampoline when we're not looking.

Anyway, I could also be miscalculating how far down the cross-planks go and that would easily offer about 2.25" inches of support.

Let me know :)

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Ana, I'm a little confused about the width measurement. You list the panel trim as 58 inches and the legs as 3 inches wide each. That's 64 inches across already. But then you said to add the other 1x3x55 pieces as outer trim. Wouldn't that make the total width 66 inches instead of 64.5? That would mean the top trim would have to be 1x3x66 and the top would have to be 2x4x67. I definitely want to make this, but I only want to pay for the wood cuts once and something doesn't seem to be adding up to me?

I love this plan and am going to build it for my wife for christmas. I see in the plans that the kreg jig is listed along with the pocket hole screws, but after reading through all the steps, I dont see the jig or screws even mentioned. It looks like just nails. Am I missing something? I am just wondering because after investing alot in wood I dont want to ruin the project.

Where/when did you use the Kreg jig in the project? Hoping to build this weekend. Thanks

I am confused... why would we purchase 1x2 and 1x3 in 8 ft. lengths if they are being cut down to 55-60"?? shouldn't we purchase 6 ft. boards?


Hey Ana! We recently made the King version of this headboard. It was so easy to do, and I am in LOVE with the finished project! We just put the final coat on to seal it, but I am curious.....How do we attach it? We have the standard metal base that the box springs sit on, no wooden base or footboard. Am I supposed to attach it to the wall? The metal frame? Nothing?! HELP PLEASE!

Just bought my first house and I have been searching and searching for a headboard....I love this!!!! Need King Size bed plans please and THANKS SO MUCH!

Would love a cut list and instructions for full size headboard. I'm sure it's simple math, but I'm a true beginner and not ready to start designing and altering existing plans....yet.

Amy D