DIY Wood Headboard (under $35)

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35It's a good thing my husband was on board with my desire for the majority of the furniture in our home to be upcycled or created by us because when we decided to move our full size guest room mattress into our son's bedroom and replace the guest room mattress with a queen size mattress, he was able to quickly build a simple headboard for under $35.

We've happily had more guests here in Minnesota than we thought we would so upsizing the mattress was a comfort we wanted to provide. I didn't want this to be a huge expense though so I was all for the simplicity of this headboard when I was told it would cost under $35. 

Here is how this very affordable queen size headboard was constructed in just a few short hours (it was maybe even less time!):

Materials used:

(1) 4x4x8'
(5) 1x8x8'
(1) 1x6x8'
Nails (on hand)
Minwax Interior Wood Stain in Ebony (on hand)
Minxwax Polycrylic (on hand)

The 4x4's that we used were Douglas fir because that is what Menards had in stock. The 1x8's and 1x6 were standard quality pine.  The standard quality pine boards are cheaper and tend to have more knots and other imperfections which gives it more character.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35He started off by taking the 4x4's and used a table saw to cut a 1½"x1½" notch in it down the length of the board.  Then he cut it into two equal pieces 4' long.  After that he trimmed the 1x8 boards down to the proper length for the width of the queen sized bed.  He cut (5) boards which was enough to fill the space from the top of the headboard to below the top of the mattress.

He then placed the 1x8 boards in the notches of the 4x4 so they had a nice recessed place to be fastened to.  After the boards were mounted to the 4x4's he used a scrap piece of wood on the backside of the 1x8's in the vertical position and nailed it to the 1x8's.  This was just to keep the boards from shifting or warping over time.  He also used a staple gun on the backside of the 1x8's to help hold them together at the joints.

Once that was done he took the 1x6 board and cut it to 2" wider than the overall width of the headboard and attached it to the top with the nail gun.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35After it was all assembled he gave it a once over with a heavy grit sand paper to knock down any rough edges that fabric could catch on and then gave it a coat of dark stain and then a few coats of Minwax Satin Polycrylic to seal it and make it smooth.

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35He then mounted it to the bedframe with some screws and washers.  It could also be mounted directly to the wall with the bed frame just pushed up to it. Mounting it to the wall with the unattached bed frame would definitely make it easier to move the bed around to clean under it. ;) 

For details on how to make the wall art above the bed, go here.
(Sorry, the giveaway has ended)

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35Because I have a lot of neutral colors going on in our guest bedroom, I felt the dark ebony stain would break things up a bit and also coordinate well with the curtains and flooring. Lately I've been painting everything white but for this headboard, I wanted a darker stain. Plus, we had the ebony stain leftover from my farmhouse style kitchen table & chairs makeover so that saved on cost as well. 

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35

The 4x4's give the headboard a sturdy and substantial look without it being too heavy for the space. 

DIY queen size wood headboard for under $35


Gingham chair: IKEA (the only furniture piece in the room that we purchased new)
Lamp: Home Goods / TJ Maxx or here
Sign on nightstand: Gordman's or here
Glass tray: Home Goods / TJ Maxx
Area rug: Hobby Lobby or similar one here
Bedding: Kohl's
Curtains: Walmart

I wanted to make sure our guest room was an inviting space that felt more like a retreat. Whenever I walk in this room, it feels like one to me. :)
This room doubles as my office so I try and keep my desk as neat and tidy as possible. That can certainly be challenging at times so thank goodness our guests always give us advance notice. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


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1.0   Ashley
8/9/2016 7:16:22 AM
I absolutely love this head board and the overall design of your room. Beautiful!
2.0   Becky
8/10/2016 8:23:49 AM
Very cute and a great tutorial! Thanks for linking up to the Talk of the Town Link Party.
3.0   Kate
8/10/2016 8:47:31 AM
This headboard came out great! It's amazing what $35 can do! The decor is awesome as well! Thanks for joining us this week at the Wake Up Wednesday link party! Hope to see you again next week! Kate |
4.0   Erlene
8/11/2016 9:53:41 PM
Your headboard came out great! Thank you so much for sharing it on Merry Monday. Pinned. You are one of our features for the next party on Sunday.
5.0   Crystal@w
8/14/2016 4:05:59 PM
I love custom headboards...this looks great! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!
6.0   Lisa B.
8/17/2016 10:09:37 AM
HI!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been chosen as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by today and see your post linked up! Don't forget to grab your Featured Button as well!! :) ~Lisa~
7.0   Kendra @
8/20/2016 6:04:42 PM
Love your headboard, Rose!! So pretty!! Featured you at The Creative Circle last Sunday...hope to see you back again tomorrow!
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4/7/2017 8:39:49 PM
Don't know where you got your supplies, but I just bought all of the above and it was $101.59. Hope mine looks as good as yours!
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2/7/2018 2:58:20 AM
It's very inspirational. I might try it myself when I get some time. .Thanks for the detailed post
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