Chicken Wire Headboard

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Chicken Wire Headboard
Jonathan Fong

There are many types of headboards, but here is an idea that is both stylish and functional. Made of chicken wire, this headboard's metallic surface gives an industrial look to the bedroom while doing double duty as a place to hang photographs and mementos. You can even use it as a bulletin board, as long as all the to-do lists don't keep you up at night. Talk about being wired.

Materials You Will Need
Jonathan Fong

Materials You Will Need

To make this headboard, you will need some 36" width chicken wire, two strips of 1x2 lumber, 5/8" wood screws, 1/8" x 1" fender washers, and 1" or longer drywall anchors and screws. You will also need a screwdriver, wire cutters and a saw. The sizes provided here are only recommendations. You can tailor the project to the materials you already have available.

Cut the Wood Strips to the Width of Your Bed
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Cut the Wood Strips to the Width of Your Bed

Measure the width of your bed and cut the 1x2 strips of lumber to that width. 1x2 lumber is actually 3/4" x 1 1/2", which is the perfect thickness to make a frame for this headboard. The wood frame will set the chicken wire away from the wall, so there is clearance to attach paper and objects.

Cut the Chicken Wire
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Cut the Chicken Wire

Using wire cutters or metal snips, cut the chicken wire to the same length as the 1x2 wood strips. The chicken wire used for this project is actually hardware cloth, which has 1/2" rectangular openings instead of traditional chicken wire's hexagonal ones. The 36" width of the chicken wire is a good height for the headboard.

Line up the Chicken Wire with the Wood Strips
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Line up the Chicken Wire with the Wood Strips

The chicken wire is tightly wound in its coil, so you will need to bend it in the opposite direction to flatten it. Gloves definitely help with this task. Then place the chicken wire on top of the two strips of wood, with the wood at the top and bottom edges of the chicken wire. (Note: If the chicken wire is particularly sharp on the left and right edges, you may want to add two strips of wood there as well.)

Attach Chicken Wire to the Wood
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Attach Chicken Wire to the Wood

Starting in the middle of the first wood strip, drive a screw and fender washer through an opening in the chicken wire and into the wood. The washer keeps the chicken wire from sliding around. Once the middle screw and washer are in, work from the center outward, about every ten inches. Flatten the chicken wire as you go along so it is taut. Repeat with the second wood strip. However, leave the corner screws for the next step.

Drive Longer Screws in the Corners
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Drive Longer Screws in the Corners

Instead of the shorter wood screws used up to this point, use longer screws at the corners, i.e., at the ends of the wood strips. These screws will go into the drywall anchors, so the headboard is secured safely to the wall.

Screw the Headboard onto the Wall
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Screw the Headboard onto the Wall

After placing anchors in the wall, screw in the the headboard at all four corners. Use a level as you insert the anchors to make sure the headboard will go on straight.

Attach Items with Clothespins
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Attach Items with Clothespins

Use clothespins to attach photographs and mementos to the chicken wire.

Use S-Hooks for Heavier Items
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Use S-Hooks for Heavier Items

For items that are too heavy for the clothespins, use S-hooks for hanging.

Keep in Mind Where Your Pillow Will Be
Jonathan Fong

Keep in Mind Where Your Pillow Will Be

Place objects away from where your head will be resting on the pillow. Also, if you tend to sit up and read in bed, avoid hanging items where your back will be leaning.

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