How to Attach a Homemade Headboard

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How to Attach a Homemade Headboard
Headboard mounted to wall. (bedroom image by Rido from

A bed headboard, homemade or purchased, can be easily mounted to the wall in a fixed position so that it is the correct height and placement for your bed. Often a homemade headboard design doesn't include the legs necessary to connect such a headboard to existing bed frames, this makes mounting the headboard to the wall the best choice. With a few simple tools you can hang your headboard in a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Flush mounts
  • Power screw driver

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  1. 1

    Mark the wall with a light pencil mark at the sides of your bed and at the top of your mattress. Move your bed away so that you can install your headboard.

  2. 2

    Lift your headboard to the correct height so that the headboard is above your mattress and centred between your wall marks. Use a level to make sure your headboard is perfectly level. Lightly mark guide lines on your wall in pencil to indicate the top, corners and sides of your headboard.

  3. 3

    Locate studs in your wall that fall between the sides of your headboard. Wall studs should be every 16 inches on centre so you should have at least three available. Mark stud locations. Use your level to draw a light vertical line at each of these locations. Draw a horizontal line across all of your vertical lines. This will allow you to line up your flush mounts and install them level.

  4. 4

    Mount the bottom of your flush mounts to the wall, screwing into studs with a power screw driver. If one of your screw doesn't go into a stud, use a wall anchor. It is best if all of your flush mount screws go into studs.

  5. 5

    Mark the location of your flush mounts on the back of your headboard by placing the headboard at your side guide marks and tilting it away from the wall, exposing the flush mounts you installed on the wall. Mark the back of your headboard at each flush mount location.

  6. 6

    Measure the location of your flush mounts from the upper pencil guide line on your wall to the mounts. Transfer this measurement to the back of your headboard and draw a level horizontal line. Use your marks to screw the top of the flush mounts into the back of the headboard.

  7. 7

    Slide headboard down the wall using your side marks as a guide. The flush mounts will join together and hold the headboard tight against the wall.

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