Brookstone Twin Headboard

A beautiful simple headboard reminiscent of an old barn door. Just needs a beautiful finish.


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I bet you have received your Pottery Barn Kids catalog in the mail, and you have already lusted over the Brookfield Collection. I love the play table, it would double perfectly as a coffee table.  And the cubby console is a must hack.  But it's the bed that I had to take on this morning.

Brookfield Bed, Image Designed By Ana White

Ana vs the bed, what do you think?

Brookfield Bed, Designed and Image By Ana White

I'm saying everyone wins.  Like the Pottery Barn Kids Brookstone Bed, our bed can be built with pine boards and a sheet of plywood (for the bottom of the bed).  But today, we are going to focus on the headboard.

This headboard reminds me of an old barn door with the cross bracing.  It's also economical to build because it's made of 1x4s and a couple 1x3s and 1x2s.  Go for the cull bin and pick up cracked and distressed boards for added character and big discounts - just make sure you check all your boards for square.  And easy way to check a board for square is to pretend it's an arrow on a bow.  Look down the board like it's an arrow and you will be able to easily see if the board is straight.  Rotate the board to check all sides.

Brookfield Headboard, Designed and Image By Ana White

With the right finish, this headboard is going to be so pretty!

Shopping List: 

6 - 1x4 Boards @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 Boards @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x3 Boards @ 8 feet long

1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

See attached PDF for full building instructions.

Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

12 - 1x4 @ 31" (Panel Boards)
2 - 1x2 @ 49 1/2" (Side Legs)
2 - 1x3 @ 49 1/2" (Front Legs)
2 - 1x3 @ 38 1/2" (Back Supports)
2 - 1x4 @ 38 1/2" (Front Trim)
1 - 1x4 @ 26" (Center Trim)
1 - 1x3 @ 44" (Top Trim)
1 - 1x4 @ 45" (Top Trim)
2 - 1x4 @ 30" (Cross Bracing, ends cut 30 Degrees off square, parallel)

Cutting Instructions: 
Please see PDF for full cutting instructions.
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this is it!!! I have been looking and looking and debating and debating, some more. And it all just came to a stop! THIS IS IT! I love it!!!!!! (in a king size...) THANK YOU!!!!

Just when I think there couldn't possibly be any more furniture that I "need" to make, this beautiful piece appears. Love it! Thanks so much.

Ooh!! Cute!! I tried to find a suggestion box on your site...but couldn't find one. :P Maybe on the new site? :) I love all your furniture so much! I am really needing to build a couple of pieces that you do not have plans for unfortunately. :P I need a bench for a vanity seat and I would LOVE to build a hope chest for the foot of my bed. Any suggestions?

You just made my life so much harder ... now I don't know if I want the farmhouse canopy bed (which I had pretty much decided on) or the brookstone storage bed! Could you pretty please make plans for the bed in queen size?

I'm agreeing totally with Stephanie. I don't know which to make, this one or the farmhouse bed (queen size please.) Decisions decisions.....

Ana, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Thank you!! You've got me so inspired. You find time to build *and* be a mom. I'd love to see this plan in a KING size bed! I've lusted after the farmhouse bed, but really want the storage like the Stratton bed. This is perfect. King size please!

Ana, Do you have plans for the lower section of the bed? Our current bed is not long for this world and is not what I really wanted anyway. I would love it if you have plans for the bed and like so many others would love it in a king size!!!

I absolutely LOVE this bed. I would love to try to make it, but the PDF plans aren't loading. anyone else have that problem? Can I find the plans anywhere else?

Ana I really would love to make 2 of these twin size beds for my daughters who will have to start sharing a room soon and love that it has bottom storage as we can use this space for toys. Please let me know how to make it please please!!!!!