Reclaimed Wood Headboard, Queen Size

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:20
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These beautiful photos are from the amazing Cynthia and Nicole. Simplicity and the beauty of soild wood come together in this headboard to transform a room. This project can be completed in just a few hours. Available in all standard bed sizes.

Easy to build, all you need is a saw and nails - you can even use a hammer and nails!  

Most builders are spending about $50 making this beauty.  Be sure to check out brag posts.  Thanks to our site users for sharing their photos.

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57 1/4" x 65 1/2" - suitable for most queen sized mattresses


Shopping List

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

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

6 - 1×3 @ 55″ (Fronts and backs of Legs)

2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Inside of Legs)

5 – 1×4 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)

3 – 1×6 @ 60″ (Panel Pieces)

4 – 1×4 @ 58″ (Panel Trim, Front and Back)

1 – 1×3 @ 64 1/2″ (Top Trim)

1 – 2×4 @ 65 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Use necessary safety precautions. Measure and cut your boards to fit your piece – measurements given are for a perfect build, and you may find your headboard off a tiny bit. So on the trim and top pieces, measure to fit, using the given cut list as a approximate measurement. Use glue and check for square after each step.


Step 1

Legs. Begin building the legs by fastening the 1×2 middle piece to the 1×3 front leg piece, as shown above. To hide your nail holes, fasten for the 1×2 board into the back side of the 1×3 board. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 2

Panel Pieces. Starting on the top, fasten the panel pieces as shown above. The red pieces are 1×4 boards, the blue are 1×6 boards. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Check for square. Hide your nail holes as you did in step 1.

Step 3

Back of Legs. Use 2″ nails and glue to fasten the back of the legs in place. Fasten to the panel pieces and the middle leg piece. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 4

Trim Pieces. Start by fastening the front trim pieces by using 1 1/4″ nails and nailing through the back into the back edge of the front trim. This will hide your nail holes. Then fasten the back trim in place using 2″ nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top Trim. As shown above, measure and cut your top trim piece. The distance will be the overall width of the headboard at this step. Keeping the top trim flush with the outer leg and the front of the headboard, use 2″ nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 7

Top of Headboard. Cut the top of the headboard piece 1″ longer than the trim piece from step 6. Mark 1/2″ in from all sides. Center on top of the headboard and fasten in place with glue and 2″ nails.

Step 8

Finishing. Fill any visible nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. A bed frame can be attached by drilling holes in the fronts of the legs, and using bolts and nuts inserted in the slots open in the insides of the legs.


Serena (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 21:47

I love this! I think I am going to build it for our guest bedroom. Thank you so much for the plans!

Cassidy (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 09:24

I've got this all put together and it looks NOTHING like the gorgeous finished product! It seriously must ALL be in the finishing. {pushing up sleeves and diving in!}

Rebecca (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 15:31

I love this headboard! I am a little confused(it doesn't take much :)). With this:
6 - 1x3 @ 55" (Fronts and backs of Legs
I only count needing 4 what are the other 2 for or am I just missing something?

Christine (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 14:10

Great plans Ana! I have never built anything before, but this was definitely doable for me by myself. My husband taught me how to use the circular saw and then took a nap. By the time he woke up, I was nailing in the last board! Can't wait to finish it.

Natty (not verified)

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 07:03

I am building this now and the only power tool I am using is a sander! I decided that I don't have to wait until I can afford a mitre saw and pneumatic nailer to get building :)

Will email pics once I'm finished!

Da (not verified)

Sun, 06/27/2010 - 05:49

How would you make this into a bed with side rails and a footboard? I was also looking at how you attached the bedrails on other beds and will a couple of screws hold up well for some... bedroom activity?

Nick Talkers (not verified)

Sun, 07/18/2010 - 16:17

To get the pottery barn look, I used a mahogany gel stain. This was easy because you can apply it as light/dark as you want and wipe off. If you go darker in the cracks, creases, etc, it makes it very easy to achieve the same look. A few coats of a semi-gloss polycrylic and it looks great!

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