DIY: King-Size Headboards


Making a do-it-yourself headboard for a king-sized bed can be a lot cheaper than purchasing a ready-made headboard. Although many headboards attach directly to the bed frame, you don’t have to actually it. A floating headboard is much simpler for the DIYer to construct, and attaches to the wall above the bed like a large picture might.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 lumber planks, 2-by-3-by-84 inches
  • 2 lumber planks, 2-by-3-by-36 inches
  • Miter saw or saw and miter box
  • Wood screws, 2 inch
  • Drill
  • Plywood, 1/2-by-36-by-84 inches
  • Nails, 1 inch
  • Hammer
  • Foam batting
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Bamboo canes, 1/2-by-36 inches
  • Carpenter’s glue
  • 2 lengths molding, 84 inches
  • 2 lengths molding, 36 inches
  • Finishing nails
  • Paint or varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • 1 lumber plank, 1-by-2-by-80 inches
  • Drywall screws, 3 inch

Creating the Frame

  • Miter the ends of the 84 inch and 36 inch planks to 45 degrees. Form the planks into a rectangular frame, with the mitered ends making the frame corners.

  • Drive a wood screw through each side of the corner joint to secure the frame together.

  • Place the plywood on top of the frame, with all the edges flush. Secure the plywood to the frame with nails every 6 to 8 inches around the perimeter.

Upholstered Look

  • Lay the foam batting out flat on the work surface. Place the frame down on top, with the plywood side touching the batting.

  • Stretch the batting over the frame, stapling it to the back of the frame. Alternate sides when you are stapling so that you get an even stretch on the batting. Create neat corners by folding hospital corners (like when you tuck bed sheets) and stapling at the back.

  • Lay the fabric out with the right side facing down. Place the frame batting-side-down onto the upholstery fabric and attach the fabric in the same manner you did the batting.

Asian Inspired

  • Lay the frame down on the work surface, plywood-side-up. Glue bamboo canes close together over the top of the bamboo, parallel with the 36-inch side of the frame. Leave to dry.

  • Miter the ends of the molding to 45-degrees, and form it into a frame like you did with the headboard frame, securing the corners with wood screws.

  • Lay the molding over the top of the bamboo canes and secure it in place with finishing nails every 6 to 8 inches around the perimeter. Paint or varnish the headboard as desired.

Hanging The Headboard

  • Measure up from the height of the bed frame 34 inches and mark a level line on the wall the width of the bed (around 80 inches for most king-size beds).

  • Locate the wall studs on the line with the stud finder and mark their position.

  • Place the 80-inch 1-by-2 plank on the level line and secure it to the wall with two drywall screws through each stud point. This is a wall cleat to hang the headboard from.

  • Position the frame of the headboard over the cleat so that the headboard is flush with the wall. Secure the headboard to the cleat with wood screws every 8 to 10 inches along the back of the headboard frame into the cleat.

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