27 October 2020

DIY headboard: This easy and affordable hack only looks like a million bucks


Illustrations by Brendan Fisher | Wood and paint, homedepot.ca | Bedside tables, mattress, duvet, duvet cover and grey cushions, ikea.ca | Canadian Living bed skirt, bedbathandbeyond.ca | Art, jensennagle.com | Flowers, fiorioakville.com Image by: Angus Fergusson

Want to transform the look of your bedroom? Inspired by board-and-batten siding, this headboard looks like a million bucks—on a way smaller budget. It’s super simple to build and you can easily customize the size to fit your bed.

– Tape measure
– Table saw or handsaw
– 1/2-inch sheet of MDF
– 1- by 5-inch MDF board
– 1- by 3-inch MDF board
– Several 1- by 4-inch MDF boards
– Wood glue
– Clamps for drying (optional)
– Nail gun and nails
– Caulking gun and caulk
– Paint tray
– Paint roller and paintbrush
– Paint (We used Behr Ultra Pure White 1850)
– Level
– Screwdriver and screws
– Wood filler
– Sandpaper


Measure the width of your bed. Using the saw, cut the sheet (A) so it’s 4 inches wider than the bed— this was 57 inches for us—and 66 inches long. (We had ours cut to size at The Home Depot.) Cut the 1- by 5-inch board (B) the same width as the sheet. Cut the 1- by 3-inch board (C) 4 inches longer than the width of the sheet, which was 61 inches for us.


Place the boards horizontally on top of the sheet so they’re flush.


Measure from the bottom of the 1- by 5-inch board (B) to the bottom of the sheet. Cut four 1- by 4-inch boards (D) to the same length. Place them vertically equidistant on the sheet.


Create a grid by cutting remaining 1- by 4-inch boards (E) to fit horizontally between the vertical boards.


Glue each board in place on the sheet; let dry. Using the nail gun, secure each board in place. Caulk any edges (if you see gaps); let dry.


Paint the headboard. To make it easier to paint the sides, elevate the sheet on scrap pieces of wood.


To hang the headboard on the wall just above the baseboard, use the level, then screw it in place. Cover screw and nail holes with wood filler; let dry. Sand; touch up with paint.



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