Brookstone Queen Headboard

A rustic headboard that looks like an old barn door.


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A while back I posted plans for the Brookstone Bed in a twin size.

Photo from Devin

So many of you asked for different sized plans, but time just flies by, and before I knew it, months had passed and still, I hadn't found the time to publish more plans in the collection.

But after seeing these stunning photos from The Picky Apple, I knew I HAD to prioritize adding at least the queen size.

We'll start with the headboard.  Isn't it beautiful?  For lots more photos and details about the finish, make sure you visit The Picky Apple. You can also see all the plans in the Brookstone Collection here.

Shopping List: 

8 1×4, 8’ Long
2 1x2s, 8’ Length
3 1×3, 8’ Length
1 1/4” Finish Nails
2” Finish Na

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

18- 1×4 @ 31” Panel Boards
2 – 1×2 @ 49 1/2 “ Side Legs
2 – 1×3 @ 49 1/2” Front Legs
2 – 1×3 @ 38 1/2” Back Supports
2 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2” Front Trim
1 – 1×4 @ 26” Center Trim
1 – 1×3 @ 44” Top Trim
1 – 1×4 @ 45” Top Trim
2 – 1×4 @ 30” Ends cut at 30 degrees off square, parallel, see last step

Step 1: 

Headboard Panel

Start by lining all the 1×4 panel boards up, rotating the grain so the bark side is up, then down. Adjust for square. Then if you have a nailer, glue and nail the top and bottom trim in place. Otherwise, screw from the back to hide your screw holes. Shown above back side up, so you would just screw through the trim into the back side of the panel boards.

Step 2 Instructions: 


Now screw the legs on with glue and 2″ screws.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Leg Fronts

Nailer would be handy here, but if you don’t have one, you can screw the leg fronts to the legs. Use glue and 2″ screws or nails.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Front Trim

I highly recommend measuring and cutting these to fit. Nails would hide best, and even if you don’t have a nailer, if you plan to stain, I suggest using a hammer and finish nails to hide any holes. If you plan to paint, go ahead with the screws and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 


Mark the center and use 1 1/4″ fasteners and glue to attach.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Top Trim

Now add the top trim with screws or nails and glue. Center on the top.

Step 7 Instructions: 


Use finish nails and glue to attach the top to the top trim. Center on the top.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Cross Supports

Start by cutting 2 1x4s 36 3/4″ long, with both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, parallel to each other. Then on the top end, measure in 2″ and mark a line square with the top edge (see above diagram). Cut this line. Attach the cross supports to the headboard with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue, nailing into all of the panel boards.

Estimated Cost: 
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Thank you SO MUCH for featuring my son's bed today, and for the blog shout out. As I mentioned in my blog post, this was my husband's first building project, and I'm not quite sure how he managed to convert your twin plan to a queen on his own, but he did. How awesome that you've shared plans for a queen headboard now!! Looking forward to seeing the plans for the queen so we can compare!

Thanks again for the amazing inspiration for this bed in the first place. We never could have built this without you! And now that we've (okay, HE's) started building things, we can't stop! I've already got a list of things I want my hubby to build: bookshelves, toy storage cabinets, media console, and more! :)

Yes yes yes!!! Thank you for posting this! I had determined to do the Farmhouse bed for my husband and I, but when you posted the Brookstone bed, I fell in love! I'm so glad you're posting this bed in queen size, it's soooo beautiful.

Wow, that is gorgeous! Do you think I could make that work with the bed my hubs built for us?
It's a platform bed, with no headboard, might jazz it up a bit. Sorry, Ana, he built it before I found your website :( So that explains the squeaks :)

Thank you thank you for sharing your amazing photo and inspiring todays post. I saw your bed on Facebook and fell in love. The entire room is just so beautiful! Thank you again, and I just can't wait to see more projects from you!

Hi there. First of all i love your website!! I haven't started any projects yet but i will very soon. I love this bed and want to make the headboard in a queen size. But I noticed that the cut list has all measurements for a twin size!!! PLEASE HELP!!!! Is there somewhere esle on the website that has the shopping list and cutting list I need for a queen size????

Anybody out there know where I can find this?

Thank you and happy building!!!

I am going to make the bed for my 9 year old who is looking over my shoulder saying "Now that's cool!" We will make it together as we homeschool and this will be something we can build form his own for real work bench.
I would need the help though of the size for the base. Only rough if neccessary as I can figure it out once I know how long high and wide it must be..
Next my 2 daughters are wanting to look at all the neat things they can help make.
Thanks for doing all the ground work you do I know how much time you must be putting in for us. Thanks Keep it up. Judy

Any chance you'll make king-size plans available for this or the platform bed? I love your work, and your work ethic!

I loved this bed! Hubby and I have been trying to decide on the right bed for our room. The mattresses sitting on a metal frame is boring us to death. Can you post the storage bed plans in queen size? Thanks!!

What a completely awesome bed!! I'm keeping my hopes up that measurements for the storage part of the bed in queen might be posted too. My husband agreed that we could make this bed as a project together, only I was thinking the twin size for our daughter and he was thinking queen size for us!

This bed looks aweesome, but you only have the headboard plans =(. I looked all over the bed section and could not find plans for a queen sized in this style. Would you mind adding them?

You have great plans. The furniture looks easy to build. I noticed the cut list to be incorrect. The back supports have to be cut to 63" not 38 1/2". The front supports have to be cut to 59 1/2". The 1x3 top trim has be cut to 65" and the 1x4 top trim has be cut to 66". The diagrams show the correct dimensions. Don't mean to be critical, just want to help anyone building this. I purchased 2 - 1x2x6, 5 - 1x3x6,
3 - 1x4x6, and 7 - 1x4x8. I precut the lumber to the diagram dimensions and this went together quickly. My wife loves it. Thank You

Okay, now I can't find the plans for a twin!! Am I crazy!?