How to Build a Headboard Out of Fencing

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You can easily build a headboard out of fencing to match the decor of your room. Fence panels are available in wood, vinyl and metal in a variety of styles from your local home improvement store. Choose a vinyl or wrought iron panel that won't need painting, staining or a coat of polyurethane, or go for a more natural look with a wood picket fence panel.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 wood picket fence panel
  • 2 fence posts
  • 2 post tops
  • Sandpaper, medium and fine grits
  • Stain or primer and paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Sponges or paintbrushes
  • Stud finder
  • 2 wall hangers
  • 2 wood shims
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Choose a fence panel and posts to fit the size of your bed. Fence panels vary in height, but generally are 8 feet wide without posts. This is a good size for a king-sized bed, as you will have 5 inches of fencing that extends beyond each side of the mattress. Fence posts range from 1 1/2 inches to 4 inches wide. Select the style that works best for your decor and that fits your fencing.

  • Sand the fence panel, posts and caps with medium-grit sandpaper to remove any rough spots. Remove the debris with a rag. Sand the pieces again, using fine-grit sandpaper to remove any scratches.

  • Stain, or prime and paint, all the wood components. Let the stain or paint dry thoroughly, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Apply a coat of polyurethane to the fence panel, posts and caps for protection and shine. Let it dry according to the label directions. Apply a second coat of polyurethane for added sheen.

  • Find the studs in the wall behind your bed, using a stud finder. Attach a wall hanger to the base of each fence post, then to the bottom of the wall. Although the posts will stand on the floor, they won't be attached to the bed, so it's safer if you attach them to the wall. Depending on the type of hanger chosen, you may need to attach a wood shim to the wall before securing the hanger. This allows for enough space between the wall and the top of your fence post.

  • Hang one of your fence posts. Attach the fencing to the post according to the manufacturer's instructions. Attach the other fence post to the fencing, then hang it on the wall.

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