How to Make Your Own Bed Headboard

Written by penny porter | 13/05/2017
How to Make Your Own Bed Headboard
Paint a large piece of canvas to serve as a creative headboard. (hotel room image by ann triling from

A headboard creates a centrepiece for your bedroom. Whether it's curved and ornate or simple and plain, meant only to prop up pillows on a bed, a headboard is a focal point. While a designer headboard may cost hundreds of dollars, you can make your own headboard for less, spending money only on supplies. Create a bright, attention-drawing headboard by transforming a simple piece of plywood into a work of art.

Measure the width and height of your bed. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood with a mitre saw to match those measurements. Ensure 90-degree corners with a carpenter's square.

Sand the front and back of the plywood piece with sandpaper to remove roughness and round down the edges of the plywood piece. This will reduce wear on the headboard cover and your bedding.

Cut a piece of canvas material measuring 1 foot wider and longer than the plywood piece. Wrap the canvas over the plywood sheet, and fold the excess material onto the back of the plywood. Staple the canvas to the back of the plywood piece, spacing each staple about 2 inches apart.

Paint the canvas-covered plywood using a paintbrush and your choice of paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Drill 1/4-inch deep, 1/2-inch diameter holes into the back of the plywood piece to use as mounting holes to attach the headboard to the wall. Drill the holes about 3 inches below the top of the plywood panel.

Sit the plywood piece against the wall directly above the bed. Trace the plywood piece onto the wall with the chalk. Measure 3 inches down from the top of the plywood tracing, and draw a straight, level line across the wall.

Measure the distance between the holes in the back of the plywood sheet. Draw corresponding marks on the line with the chalk.

Drill screws into the marks, leaving the screws jutting out 1/4 inch from the wall. Hang the plywood panel onto those screws using the mounting holes drilled into the back.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Plywood
  • Sand paper
  • Canvas
  • Staple gun
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Power screwdriver

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