Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications

Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications
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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

Special thanks to Nicole at Create and Delegate for sharing her photos with us.

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Build a Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Full and Twin Modifications

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


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

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

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

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SaraReno (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 08:41


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

Nicole (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 09:46

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!

*S* (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 11:18

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.

Scott (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 18:22

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

Laura (not verified)

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 16:06

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!

Anne @ Florals… (not verified)

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 17:40

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!

~amanda~ (not verified)

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 14:01

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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Sat, 09/04/2010 - 02:12


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Melissa L (not verified)

Sat, 09/04/2010 - 13:45

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?

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Aunt LoLo (not verified)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 22:13

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

ChrisHobbs (not verified)

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 11:50

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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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 20:07

I see in the materials list it had screws, nails and pocket hole screws? But I only see where the nails are used. Am I missing something?

Jon in Oregon

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 11:58

Because I used some less expensive wood, I was faced with bowing of the 1x4's and 1x6's on the panel. To resolve this, I ran 2 1x2's down the backside of the panel - placed about one-third of of the way from each side. Then I placed 1 1/4" in screws on the backside down the 1x2's into each 1x4 and 1x6 removing the bowing.

I used the twin bed measurements but when I went to attach the existing metal bed frame to the headboard, the metal frame was narrower than the bedframe legs.

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Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:01

I know this is an old plan but if you are looking for an easy headboard, I would suggest this plan. I built it in an afternoon, but that doesn't include the finish. I used screws for the whole plan except the sides of the legs, much easier than nails, and sturdier also. And on the top 2x4 piece, I used 3" screws that I countersunk, so the holes can be filled and won't show. Also, as someone suggested, I used two 1x2 on the back for bowing because I actually used old garage shelves that were 1x12, and I wanted them flatter. It came out very nice and feels very solid.


Sat, 02/28/2015 - 20:34

I love the plans for the headboard and love the look!! One problem, the board are about two inches too far apart to bolt to the bed frame..tried two different frames and same issue. We fixed it by adding another piece of wood to lay across the legs and just bolted it to that. Make sure you measure your bed frame before building!!