27 October 2020

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

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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.

Materials
– 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

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

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.

STEP 4

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

STEP 5

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.

STEP 6

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

STEP 7

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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