DIY Lattice Headboard

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DIY Lattice Headboard
Use prefabricated garden lattice to make a pretty headboard. (bleeding heart creeper. image by mdb from

If you want your bedroom to have a sunny garden look, make your own headboard from a prefabricated lattice panel. Lattice is easy to work with, lightweight and simple to accessorise. You can stain it, paint it white for a garden trellis look or paint it to match your room decor. However you decorate it, a lattice headboard will make your bedroom a bright place on even the darkest days.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Garden lattice, 2-foot wide
  • Woodworking goggles
  • Hand or circular saw
  • Lattice cap moulding
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush or paint sprayer (optional)
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge
  • Level
  • 4 #8 (2-1/2-inch) wood screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of your bed with the measuring tape. Then measure a section of lattice the same length as the width of the bed. Lattice is sold in 8-foot panels that are 2 feet or 4 feet wide. For this headboard, you will be using a length of 2-foot wide lattice turned on its side. So, with protective goggles in place, use the saw to cut a length of lattice so that, when turned on its side, it is as long as your bed is wide.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of cap moulding 1 inch longer than the long edge of the lattice panel. Lattice cap moulding is a 1-inch wide strip of wood with a groove cut from it's underside so that it's shaped like a "U." It slips over the exposed edges of the lattice, giving them a finished look. On your headboard, slide the cap moulding over the long edge of your lattice. Adjust it so that the moulding hangs over each edge of the lattice by 1/2 inch. Repeat for other long edge.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance between the top and bottom mouldings where they hang over. Cut a piece of cap moulding to that length and slip it over the short edge of the lattice, so that it fits between the overhanging mouldings. Repeat for other short edge.

  4. 4

    Glue the cap mouldings in place with the hot glue gun. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Stain or paint the headboard at this point, if that's what you've chosen to do. Let it dry thoroughly.

  6. 6

    Use the stud finder to locate two adjacent studs in the wall behind your bed. Make a light pencil mark on the wall 4 feet from the floor along each stud. Use the straightedge and draw a faint line connecting the two marks. Use the level and adjust the line until it is perfectly horizontal.

  7. 7

    Line up the top (long edge) of the headboard with the line you've drawn and centre it over the two studs. Make two pencil marks on the top horizontal moulding strip and two marks on the bottom one, on each end of the strips, over the studs, indicating where the screws will be used. Fasten the headboard to the wall using one screw at each mark, two in the top moulding and two in the bottom.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to cut the lattice or the cap moulding yourself, have it cut when you buy it. Most lumberyards or hardware stores offer this service.
  • Decorate your lattice headboard with artificial vines, flowers or butterflies for a garden feel, or strings of lights for a soft nighttime glow.
  • You can get a nice "framed" look if you mitre the edges of the cap moulding.
  • You may want to hang the headboard higher or lower on your wall; it looks best if at least half of it is visible above your pillows when the bed is made.
  • Exercise care when using power tools and the hot glue gun; keep them out of children's reach.
  • Wear protective goggles when using the saw.
  • If your walls are brick or concrete, use masonry anchors to secure the headboard to the wall.

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