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Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications

March 20, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Our popular solid wood headboard is now in a full and twin size! This easy to build headboard is inexpensive, but with the right finish, can look chic and rustic.

This headboard is so popular, it has been featured on HGTV.com.

Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Special thanks to http://createanddelegate.blogspot.com Nicole at Create and Delegate for sharing her photos with us.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications
Dimensions: 
59 1/2" x 57 1/4"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

FULL
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

TWIN
2 – 1×2 – 8′ Length
7 – 1×3 – 8′ Length
3 – 1×4 – 10′ Length
1 – 1×6 – 10′ 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
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

FULL BED
6 - 1×3 @ 55″ (Fronts and backs of Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Inside of Legs)
5 – 1×4 @ 54″ (Panel Pieces)
3 – 1×6 @ 54″ (Panel Pieces)
4 – 1×4 @ 52″ (Panel Trim, Front and Back)
1 – 1×3 @ 58 1/2″ (Top Trim)
1 – 2×4 @ 59 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)

TWIN BED
6 - 1×3 @ 55″ (Fronts and backs of Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Inside of Legs)
5 – 1×4 @ 39″ (Panel Pieces)
3 – 1×6 @ 39″ (Panel Pieces)
4 – 1×4 @ 37″ (Panel Trim, Front and Back)
1 – 1×3 @ 43 1/2″ (Top Trim)
1 – 2×4 @ 44 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)

Step 1

Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications

Since this bed is constructed identical to the queen size, please use the queen instructions.

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Absolutely wonderful bed and

Absolutely wonderful bed and plans!!!

posted by Viola (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 10:03

Beautiful! Does anyone know

Beautiful! Does anyone know what bedding she has?

posted by Christine (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 10:18

Wow.I wasn't really a fan of

Wow.

I wasn't really a fan of this headboard (I prefer the farmhouse) but after seeing this picture I may change my mind. Beautiful!

posted by SaraReno (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 10:41

Christine, the bedding is

Christine, the bedding is Shabby Chic for Target.
Thank you Ana for featuring my bed. I couldn't be more proud of it right now!

posted by Nicole (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 11:46

Your "visit Nicole's post" or

Your "visit Nicole's post" or something like that link doesn't work. Just so you know!

posted by Angela (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 11:47

Thank you so much for these

Thank you so much for these modifications. I was just talking about making this bed last night and wishing there were plans for the full size. Thank you for all your inspiration.

posted by *S* (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 13:18

Ana, is there any chance you

Ana, is there any chance you are going to post the plans for the Mason Bedside Table featured in the PB picture?

posted by Scott (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 20:22

Thank you for your posts and

Thank you for your posts and all the work that goes into them, you inspire me!

posted by Sunshine of Seven (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-21 00:38

THANK YOU!! Nicole your room

THANK YOU!! Nicole your room and headboard are Gorgeous!!

posted by Tracy D (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-21 06:01

Hi Anna I'm from Argentina,

Hi Anna I'm from Argentina, we use the metric system here, I was wondering if you could tell me how thick is a 3/4 MDF Board. Here we have 3, 5.5, 9, 12, 15 and 18 milimeter thick boards. Which one do you think is best for the projects? Thank you so much! I love your blog!

posted by Laura (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-21 18:06

I would guess the 18mm

I would guess the 18mm thickness for the metric.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-21 19:39

what kind of wood and what

what kind of wood and what color stain was used...I LOVE THIS BED!!!

posted by the letter "J" (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-03-21 20:00

Great bed and headboard!

Great bed and headboard!

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This site is awesome! I found it via one pretty thing today and i absolutely love all these amazing ideas! Makes me think I could do it! And I want too....I am going to have a lot of fun browsing your site in the future for more awesome ideas! yay!

posted by Anne @ Floralshowers Craft Blog (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-06 19:40

I'm thinking of building this

I'm thinking of building this for my son's bed. I would like to make a matching footboard. Any chance you could post modifications to the sizes for making a footbaord to match?

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posted by J Alston (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-04 04:12

Hey Ana! You're amazing and

Hey Ana! You're amazing and so creative! I was wondering on the bed head board, do you attach it to the bed frame or to the wall?

posted by Melissa L (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-04 15:45

Melissa, you can do both.

Melissa, you can do both. The bed frame is easy to attach to the headboard - there is a spot in the headboard legs for bolts.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-09-06 08:46

Ana the link to the King cut

Ana the link to the King cut list is not working. Would love to see that list. Thanks!

posted by Debbie D. (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-29 05:28

Debbie, here you go! Thanks

Debbie, here you go! Thanks for your patience with me.

http://ana-white.com/2010/03/plans-reclaimed-wood-look-headboard-king-si...

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-29 08:43

ha, I am going to experiment

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- Murk

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posted by phorner (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-12-31 17:16

do you have instructions on

do you have instructions on how to make that for a queen size bed?

Thanks.

posted by Mary (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-29 17:45

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King Size Bed

how would you modify this for a kind size bed?

posted by crluv22 | on Mon, 2011-06-27 15:47

Help!

I built the King Sized version, and LOVE it. The instructions were great. NOW. I have a very low wooden bed frame and mattress set - the mattress tops out at 20", which leaves a 1" gap between the mattress and the bottom of the headboard. That's not an issue...except that it makes the headboard rather flimsy, as there's nothing to hold it up right now except the bed frame pushed up against the legs. I can certainly drill holes and bolt it to the bed frame...but will that be sturdy enough, without the mattress to brace the rest of the headboard? It's going to mark up my wall, and we don't want that...help?

posted by Aunt LoLo (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-07-14 00:13

Thanks Ana!

Just wanted to say thanks for posting this design. I made two for my girls this weekend, varying the height a bit because I thought the default was a bit high for twin beds. The results are great, and the girls love them.

Here are some pics:

Number One
Number Two

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posted by homesweethome1234 (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-10-29 15:47

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posted by Barbara Cash | on Sat, 2014-02-15 21:01

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