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!


Laura (not verified)

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 19:29

Yet another vote for the King plans, please! I just checked with my brother-in-law and he has a pocket hole jig! We need a headboard badly - I think our bedroom matches the one described above- we just have a mattress and boxspring on a frame... with $7 IKEA tables as bed-side tables! hehe

H. Sabo (not verified)

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 04:17

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! please please please- King bed measurements. This headboard is on my 2011-to-do-list.
Great work Ana!

Nikki (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 07:16

I'd like to add my vote for King-sized plans. I love this headboard and would really like to make it for my king bed. Please, please, please post modified plans>

Arielle (not verified)

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 13:45


I have been forwarding your name to all of my friends, but haven't attempted to build anything yet. This will be my first- loves it! Thanks for all of the time you put into your plans and website.

Sara (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 14:55

what kind of 2x2's do you use. I went to buy some and all I can find are firing strips, which are very poor quality! The only other 2x2 I could find was oak and they were $15 each!!

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