Build a King-Size Headboard


Build your own king-size headboard and you'll save yourself some money. Besides that, you'll be able to design this addition to your bedroom so it matches you perfectly. Just think, with a few tools, some materials and your creativity, you'll end up with a one-of-a-kind headboard that no one can match!

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Black marker
  • Safety goggles
  • Jigsaw
  • 2-inch-thick foam
  • All-purpose glue
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun with 1/4-inch staples
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Flush mounts
  • Ruler
  • Level
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Figure out how long and wide your king-size headboard will be, and decide what shape it will be. You can choose an ordinary rectangle, or you can get creative and design your own original look. The headboard needs to be as wide as your existing one, or measure your mattress and add an inch or two. The headboard can be as tall as you choose. Mark the shape on the plywood with a black marker.

  • Put your safety goggles on and use the jigsaw to cut the plywood into the shape you chose.

  • Lay the cut plywood shape on the thick foam. Mark an outline on the foam with the black marker. Cut the foam shape out and glue it onto the plywood. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before you proceed.

  • Lay the fabric out flat. Place the plywood cut out on it, wood side down. Stretch the fabric out again to get rid of wrinkles. Then, use the black marker to trace the shape of the headboard, adding 5 to 6 inches all the way around. Cut the fabric out.

  • Flip the headboard over so the foam is facing the fabric. Pull the fabric gently to smooth it over the foam and plywood. Staple the middle of the top, bottom and sides. Once the fabric is set in place, finish tacking all the fabric down.

  • Attach your king-size headboard to the wall or the bed frame. The wall is a better idea; if you attach it to the bed frame, the headboard may flop back and forth every time the bed is moved.
    To secure your new headboard, use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Mark their locations with the pencil. Determine where the flush mounts will be attached to the wall and the back of the headboard. Use a ruler and level to make markings on the wall and the headboard so they'll be hung straight (and will slide together).
    Drill pilot holes into the wall and the back of the headboard. Screw the bottom of the flush mounts onto the wall. Then attach the headboard to the top mounts with screws. Slide the pieces together, and you're done!

Tips & Warnings

  • Whenever you want to change the look of your headboard, just remove the staples. Carefully remove the existing fabric and cover with a new pattern.
  • Be careful when handling the plywood; it splinters easily.

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