Squared2 Headboard, Queen

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 10/22/2010 - 10:31
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A modern touch to a bedroom.

If you couldn't make our first every (but definitely not the last . . . ) Buildaholics Party last night, here's some of the highlights

  • Parson or slipper chair is a priority
  • More beds in adult styles/sizes
  • I'm not the only one who tiptoes around the tablesaw
  • Circular saw isn't much better
  • And we should do it again!

And photos too!

What do you think of @craftconniptions Toddler Farmhouse Beds?

And as promised, one lucky attendee gets to go home with a $50 Lowe's gift card.  Drawn at random (wow, I'm chatty, drew myself three times first!) our winner is . . .

Thanks ThisDIYLife, you have won our door prize!

For everyone else, you can see the complete party conversation here, and stay tuned, we'll be doing that again!

And because you asked for more adult beds, thought I would post one that you can make for about $15 in lumber - or at least under $20, that will make a huge impact in your bedroom.  No fancy bedding required with this headboard!

Especially if you choose a color.  Just throw some white bedding on, and instant chic style without the cost!  See how West Elm styles their overlapping square headboard here.

I love how West Elm choose a dark stain on a bright wall with white bedding.  A blah bedroom can go to chic style with some paint, this headboard, and some white bedding.

Queen, 52" tall x 60" wide x 1 1/2" deep


Shopping List

4 – 1×2, 8′ length
1 – 2×4, 8′ or stud length
4 – 2x2s, 8′ length

Common Materials
Cut List

2 – 2×2 @ 58 3/4″ (Horizontal Frame)
2 – 2×2 @ 52″ (Legs – you can make the legs longer or shorter for the look you are going for)
1 – 2×4 @ 58 3/4″ (Frame Support)
8 – 1×2 @ 12 1/4″ (Overlapping Squares)
4 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Overlapping Squares)
2 – 1×2 @ 20 1/4″ (Overlapping Squares)
8 – 1×2 @ 6 1/2″ (Overlapping Squares)
12 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ (Overlapping Squares)
4 – 1×2 @ 6 1/4″ (Overlapping Squares)

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


Step 1

Build the Headboard Frame

Build the headboard frame as shown above. The bottom 2×4 (frame support) can be adjusted to any height for easily attaching your bed frame to the headboard.

Step 2

Large 90s

Build the large 90s and attach to the headboard frame as shown above. Carefully mark out the placement of the joints to the headboard frame for a nice square fit.

Step 3

Smaller 90s

Now build the smaller 90s seperate and mark and place inside the larger 90s. Screw in place.

Step 4

Fill in the blanks

Now simply fill in the blanks!


Shamaira (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 10:45

Ana, I love this! Are you going to post plans for the daybed? If so, I'll wait for you to post those plans! I was going to build the daybed this weekend, but couldn't quite figure out how to do it all by myself. If you are going to post plans in the next few weeks, I'd be soooo happy! Thank you.

TNSLB (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 14:38

I'm sad I missed the tweet party! It's on during Project Runway, but since that's nearing the finale I'll be good to go soon!

LOVE this plan, but holy moly stop! I had already decided to do the farmhouse bed for the guest room, but now I super want to do this one! The price and style just can't be beat!

Thanks, Ana!!

carie taguchi (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 14:47

is this for a queen size bed? I too hope you can create the plans for the day bed, I tried to figure it out from the message board post about it, but it didn't make complete sense to me. it's such a pretty design!

ThisDIYLife (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 16:26

Oh my goodness!!!! I can't believe I actually won something...I never win anything! I can't wait to get started on my next project! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Totally worth setting up my Twitter account. I so appreciate all that you do. I pass along your website at every chance I get - a common phrase around work is "Did you check Ana's website?" We love everything you do!

Sarah (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 19:54

I love this! I already built the Reclaimed-Wood Look Headboard however, I'm thinking that the top part of this headboard painted a peacock blue would make a beautiful wall hanging against my white rental living room wall.

M (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 08:59

This looks fabulous! I am new to this whole idea of building your own furniture, but the plans look easy to follow. Are you planning on posting this headboard in king size? That would be fantastic.

elizabeth (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 11:12

I love this ! Does anyone know how to convert this to a twin size , my 12 year old would love this

NORMA B (not verified)

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 18:29

i also want to have this in twin for my daughter, for a year i wanted to get this headboard at west elm,i've been receiving the catalogue every month and this week i finally bought the matress and yesterday i was about to order the bed when i found that is discontinued, so this sounds like a good project to do, does anyone know how to adapt it to a twin size?

thank you

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