Build your own planked wood headboard with just a saw and nails! This simple to build headboard is made of off the shelf lumber, and is just glued and nailed together. Our step by step plans are perfect for the beginner.
We love it paired with our matching Hailey Platform Bed Frame.
- 2 sticks 7 feet long, 3 ¼” wide casing or other moulding
- 3 – 1x6 @ 10 feet long
- 1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 3 – 1x3 @ 6 feet long
- 1 – 2x4 @ 4 feet long
- 2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
- ¾” brad nails (For nailing moulding on)
- 1 ¼” brad nails
- 2” brad nails
- 1 – 1x4 @ 57 ½”
- 6 – 1x6 @ 57 ½”
- 2 – 1x4 @ 54”
- 1 – 2x2 @ 57 ½”
- 2 – 2x4 @ 16”
- 2 – 1x3 @ 54”
- 1 – 1x3 @ 59”
- Cut moulding to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Nail the panel boards to 1x4 boards on back. Nail holes will be covered by trim. Also, if you have a pocket hole jig, attach panel boards to each other down the center. If your boards are not lining up well in centers without a pocket hole jig, you can add a scrap board to back down the center.
TIP: For a painted finish, consider painting planked boards first, then distressing joints before assembly. You can also run a flat bladed screw driver down joints to enhance.
Now add the bottom board. Nail from back for the biggest bite or you can use screws and glue. Kreg Jig users - consider attaching with 3/4" pocket holes from bottom planked board as well.
Now we'll beef up the legs a little, giving you something to bolt a bed frame too if you are doing that. Nails or screws from back to hide.
Cut your moulding to fit, mitering corners at 45 degrees off square. Nail on with short finish nails and glue.
TIP: You can just glue and clamp to hide all nail holes, but make sure you glue and let dry for a good bond.
Finally, add top, with outsides flush with legs.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.