The Best Way to Attach a Headboard to the Wall

Updated November 21, 2016

Upholstered headboards are a fairly simple project and allow you to create a custom headboard for your space. Perhaps the trickiest part of the a homemade headboard project is figuring out how to properly affix the headboard to the wall. The best way to hang a headboard on the wall is to use flush mount brackets, which are commonly used to hang mirrors. Homemade, upholstered headboards are not the only types of headboards where flush mount brackets are appropriate; use them on any headboard not affixed to the bed frame.

Use a stud finder tool to locate the studs behind the bed. Mark each stud with a light X drawn with a pencil. It is important to hang the headboard directly on the studs, because headboards are often heavy and will pull brackets away from drywall.

Push the bed frame against the wall to determine the best place for the headboard to sit. Use a measuring tape to measure how far above the mattress the headboard should sit. Mark this spot with an additional X. Move the bed frame, mattress and box spring away after measuring.

Measure the width of the headboard. Looking at the wall, determine which studs are within the headboard's width. Measure along the right-hand stud, 12 inches from the floorboard. Mark this spot. Repeat on the left-hand spot.

Measure along the right-hand stud, marking a spot 12 inches below where the top of the headboard should sit. Repeat on the left-hand spot. Use a level to ensure that the spots marked in Steps 3 and 4 are level horizontally between the right and left sides. These four spots will be the locations for the brackets.

Hold the back piece of a flush mount bracket against each of the marks you made on the wall. Insert a pencil into the screw holes for the brackets to mark the location of the screws for each bracket.

Attach a 1/16-inch bit to a cordless drill. Drill a pilot hole through each of the screw location marks you made. Flush mount brackets hook into one another. Locate the back pieces of all four brackets. Swap the 1/16-inch bit for the screwdriver bit. Center one bracket over the pilot holes. Screw in place. Repeat with the remaining brackets.

Hold the headboard over the wall. Line up the front brackets with the back pieces so the two sides click together. Mark the holes on the front brackets on the headboard. Remove the headboard and the front brackets.

Place the headboard face down on the work surface. Use the 1/16-inch bit to drill pilot holes into the headboard. Replace the 1/16-inch bit with the screwdriver bit. Screw the front brackets in place on the headboard.

Center the headboard in place on the wall. Manoeuvre it around until the front and back brackets click into place. Erase any pencil marks visible on the wall.


A second set of hands is helpful to execute this project properly. Ask a friend or family member for help lifting the headboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder tool
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • 4 flush mount brackets with hardware
  • Cordless drill
  • 1/16-inch bit
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Eraser
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