How to Hang a Headboard

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We usually think of a headboard as part of a bed frame. But a fun design trick is to create a "floating headboard'' and hang it on the wall above the bed. This opens up a range of possibilities as to what you can use as your headboard -- a fireplace mantle, a picket fence, even an old door turned sideways -- because you don't have to worry about attaching it to the bed structure. You do, however, need to make sure it doesn't fall off the wall while you're sleeping. When hanging a wood headboard on the wall, it's helpful to have an assistant.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden headboard material
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Level
  • Piece of chalk
  • Sawhorses
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Large screwdriver bit
  • Handful of 3-inch No. 14 wood screws
  • Wood putty to match the headboard color
  • Putty knife
  • Position the bed next to the wall. Hold the headboard, with your assistant's help, where you want it to go on the wall. Place the level on top of the headboard. Adjust the position of the headboard until it's level. Mark the wall at each corner of the headboard as you hold it in place.

  • Take down the headboard. Locate the studs in the wall behind the bed, using the stud finder. Locate the studs closest to each end of the headboard and one near the middle. Mark the stud locations on the wall with chalk, just above and below the area where your headboard will be installed.

  • Return the headboard to the wall. Position your level vertically at each stud mark. Make chalk marks on the headboard along the level, with one mark three inches from the top of the headboard and the other mark three inches from the bottom.

  • Lay the headboard down on sawhorses. Load your drill with a 1/4-inch bit. Drill all the way through the headboard at each mark you made.

  • Set the headboard in position against the wall. Drive your 3-inch wood screws through the holes and into the wall and studs behind it, using your drill and the large screwdriver bit. Sink the screws to just below the surface of the wood.

  • Press a little tinted wood putty over each of the screw heads with a putty knife. Smooth the surface of the putty. Wipe the chalk marks off the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear eye protection when using your drill.

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