Head's up: how to build a headboard

August 10, 2014

Are you tired of the same old dull bedroom decor? Revamp the style of your room using a custom-made headboard that you can actually build yourself.

Before you begin

Before you get to the constructions part of the project, you need to have a clear idea of the style and size of the room in question. It’s recommended to draw up a scale floor plan of the room and calculate the dimensions of the base of the bed and headboard.

This is also a good time to plan the overall style of the room. Depending on the mood you’d like to create, the basic materials you choose to construct the headboard with will be important. In a more modern room, for example, a metal headboard could add an interesting element, while a wooden headboard is better suited for a more conventional setting.


A simple wooden headboard is quite straightforward to build. A rectangular shape requires only basic carpentry skills.

First, set up your table saw at an angle of 45 degrees. Then cut the wood into the pieces to be used to form the frame of the headboard. Then, attach the decorative panel that you chose to its wooden frame. Once the headboard is built, you will need to secure it to the wall where the bed is by attaching it to screws and beams.

Personalize your headboard

Tailoring a headboard adds a touch of personality and charm to your room. Depending on the mood you want to create, there are many materials and styles of headboards for you to choose from.

  • Upholstered headboard: Using a staple gun, you can apply padding underneath the fabric you selected for the headboard to enhance your entire room and give it a rich, luxurious look. A padded headboard will be much more comfortable for reading or watching TV in bed.
  • Headboard using recycled material: To lend an eclectic style to your room, you can use wooden planks re-purposed from damaged antique furniture or gather driftwood from the beach to build a rustic but eccentric piece.
  • Headboard with storage: Ideal for rooms of a modest size, a headboard with storage will allow you to make the most out of the space you have.

Finally, when it comes time to build your own headboard, the possibilities are practically limitless. Rely on your creativity to make a model that suits your needs and expresses your personality.

Head's up: how to build a headboard
The material on this website is provided for entertainment, informational and educational purposes only and should never act as a substitute to the advice of an applicable professional. Use of this website is subject to our terms of use and privacy policy.
Close menu