Beds without headboards look naked. They just do. But if you are on a limited budget, and just want to have your room look finished, you can easily create your own with a few simple materials. It will be functional, attractive, and make your room look finished.
You will only need a few materials.
Scrap wood (luan, plywood, or even paneling)
Cut your wood to the desired measurement. For this example, we’re making a twin. To get an exact measurement for other size mattresses, simple measure the width of your bead frame. In this instance, we’re using a piece of rough plywood that is ¼” thick that has been cut into a 24″ x 39 1/2″ rectangle. (Mine is not fancy wood, just a scrap from the garage, and there was enough for two twin headboards.)
If you are making a queen or a king size headboard, the only measurements that will vary are the width measurements.
Cut two 4″ X 48″ pieces for the legs. This height does not have to change whether you are making a twin, queen or a king. However you may want to adjust the width for visual proportion.
Glue the legs on either side of the rectangle, using the 39 ½’ length as the width. That will mean that your headboard will be 24″ tall, but that the legs will give it another 24″, making the total height 48″. Clamp them until dry.
Cut another piece of wood measuring 3″ x 31 ½”. This piece will fit on the top of your headboard, but horizontally in between the legs. (This measurement will be longer/wider for queen or kings.) Double-check your measurements by measuring the space in between the legs while they are drying before cutting. Glue this piece in between the legs.
Cut a piece of corner trim (or trim of your choice, such as crown molding) to the same width measurement of your headboard. In this instance, it should be 39 ½” long. (I chose wood corner trim that you would use on paneling because that’s what I had. This measurement will be longer/wider for queen or kings. )
Glue and nail the trim piece to the top of the headboard. Secure with small nails.
Allow all of your assembled pieces to dry.
Caulk all of the joints.
Paint with several coats of the paint of your choice. (I chose white interior semi-gloss because that’s what I had!)
Align the headboard with the bedrail, and mark the holes. Drill the holes into the headboard to match the holes on the bedrail.
Attach your new headboard with long screws, and bolts. If you choose, you can use rubber washers in between the bolt and headboard.
Throw the mattresses and bed linens on your new completed bed and be very proud of yourself! Wasn’t that simple and fun?