How to make a DIY headboard for almost free

Published on Author sadhuguet

I needed a DIY headboard for a queen bed.  Now don’t get me wrong, I did buy two beds a few years ago but my daughter moved out and took the guest bedroom suite with her.  And the one thing I hate more than anything is a bed without a head board.  So I decided to build one and as usual I had very little money.  I started by measuring the bed’s width.  Being a queen size bed it is 60 inches wide.  I have slowly been remodeling this house.  One of the interesting designs I have in this house is 16″ striated plywood ceiling panels, which I removed from my main bath and replaced with sheetrock.  Using eight of these panels, I decided to create my headboard.

Here are the striated panels with 2 inch foam pieces glued to the plywood.
Here are the striated panels with 2 inch foam pieces glued to the plywood.

I then spray glued foam squares to the plywood to give a little cushion to the head board.  Now I had to buy some foam and I had about half of what I needed.  So thanks to the Hobby Lobby coupon I spent $20 for the foam.  Now you may not be like me, because I sew, sort of, and I have a professional costumer for a daughter and you don’t have a fabric stash. If you don’t, you will have to buy some fabric, enough to make 8 24″ X 24″ squares.  I then used some quilt batting that I bought at a garage sale for less than a buck and cut that in 24″ squares too.  I then wrapped the striated plywood and foam panels with the batting and fabric.

 

Here is the plywood, batting and fabric before stapling them together.
Here is the plywood, batting and fabric before stapling them together.

The panels created were very easy to make and I just stapled the the batting and fabric to the plywood to create eight pieces.

My eight pillows for my headboard.
My eight pillows for my headboard.

 

After making the eight panels I needed a frame to mount them on.  So I went to the white wood section of my local Lowe’s and found the cheap wood.  I bought 5 pieces and cut them so they made a frame 32″ H X 64″ W with the frame extending another 16″ H making legs and then I screwed through the frame into the back of the panels to make the headboard.

Here is the frame I made for the headboard.
Here is the frame I made for the headboard.

I cut 3 pieces 58″ long and 2 pieces 48″ long and then joined them together with small L brackets and straight brackets to reinforce the frame. The measurements may differ for you depending on the size of the finished headboard and the size of the wood you use.  Mine were 1″ X 3″ and I needed a finished width of 64″ for my headboard.   After the panels were connected, I screwed the head board to the wall, like the ones in a hotel room.

I chose muted colors to match my pecan colored walls and my homespun curtains and comforter.  Not bad for an almost free headboard.  I spent $25 for the total headboard.

Here is the finished headboard with my comforter that I made years ago.
Here is the finished headboard with my comforter that I made years ago.