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!


Jamie L (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 12:40

Love the plans, my hub and I just finished building the Brookstone bed for our 2-yr old (polu is drying as I type). We modified the plans for fit the existing mattress we had, which is an XL-twin. 80 inches instead of 75".

Plan suggestion: I'd love to see a knock-off of IKEA's Trofast. This can't possibly be hard, right? But I don't own a router. The baskets they sell for it are way cheap and I could afford those, but $90 for the frame, who are they kidding!?
We have another one on the way now and storage in our small rental house is a MUST!
Love all the plans, keep 'em coming. I check the site daily.

AmyLynn (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 16:47

I've been trying to talk one of my friends into building a headboard for her new bed in her newly painted bedroom. I think I might be able to talk her into this one!

Next note: Your website is spreading around the office. Just this week a co-worker said "I convinced [my husband] to buy a Kreg Jig this weekend...I don't know what it does, but Ana says I need one." Quite a few of us have build lists. It's like we have our own little Ana fan club.

Third: I can't believe I won!!!! I set up my twitter account solely for the purpose of your tweet party and thought the best name was what I've decided to use as my blog name...if I ever actually start writing on there. Maybe sometime by the end of the year www.ThisDIYLife.com will be up and running :) I can't wait to start building my next project, the Lydia bed for the guest room in our 1910 Victorian house. Your bright colored furniture has inspired me to paint it a color...just need to decide on which one...blue...green...yellow?

Last, but certainly not least: Thank you for all that you do!

Lindsay (not verified)

Sun, 10/24/2010 - 19:33

I have been drooling over your plans for over a year...but I've never gotten up the courage to actually try to build one. This one looks like the perfect first project. Only problem? I've got a king size bed. Any chance you'll be posting these plans for a king?

Gloria (not verified)

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 19:29

did you ever receive the plans for a king size bed? if so can you email em to me? I've been looking all over and cant seem to find the proper dimensions to build a king size headboard.......thanks

Sheela (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 15:35

This plan is truly fantastic! What do you suggest as the best method for attaching it to the bed frame? Thanks as always Ana!

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