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DIY Headboard from Plywood – A Life Unfolding

Today I am sharing the latest DIY I have been working on. When I was looking for a headboard for our latest renovation, I couldn’t find anything that felt quite right, so I decided to DIY a Headboard from plywood. It turned out to be easy.

How to make a Headboard

I knew I wanted to start with a frame that would be substantial, and I also needed to keep it reasonably inexpensive as this is going into one of our furnished rental homes.

Plywood

The first step was a trip to the local Home Depot, where we picked up a piece of plywood and some 1 x 2’s for the frame.

Shot of material for DIY headboard at Home Depot
Local Home Depot run

This is a queen size bed, so we had Home Depot cut the plywood to 48H x 72L. Once we got the plywood home, we cut the 1 x 2’s to size to make a frame for dimension.

Building the Frame for the DIY Headboard
Frame for the DIY Headboard
Framing the headboard

Framing it out

Pneumatic Nail gun to attach the frame.
Use a pneumatic nailer to attach the frame.

I then added this pretty moulding I found at Home Depot. Which we attached to the 1 x 2

boards.

Pretty detailed moulding.
Finished Frame for Headboard.
Pretty moulding is attached to the frame.

Isn’t that detail on the moulding pretty? Next up, it was time to choose a pattern and color for the inside of the frame. I was thinking something like this accent wall pattern I used last year, and it’s simple yet modern, which is what I was looking for.

Adding frames

While looking at ideas for a pattern, I found a few empty old frames I used in the wedding decor a few years ago when my daughter married. I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw them.

Frames

We needed more frames than we had, so I used some leftover moulding to make a few more frames, and then I made a quick stop at the dollar store to pick up a few more.

Dollar Store Frames

I laid the frames on the plywood to get the pattern I liked.

Process photo of DIY Headboard frame.
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Attaching the frames

I used wood glue to attach the frames by covering the edges generously with an artist’s paintbrush.

Gluing the frames to the plywood.

Next, I weighted the frames down and let them set overnight for the glue to dry.

Letting the frames dry.

Painting the DIY Headboard

Painting the DIY Headboard.
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It took four coats of paint.

I got in all the nooks and crannies using a smaller artist’s brush.

Adding the legs

We needed some support as the frame is pretty heavy. I measured the bed frame height and measured out 1 x 2’s and then attached them to the DIY headboard.

Finally, we attached it to the wall for the safety of our guests.

Bed frame attached to the wall for safety.
DIY Headboard attached to the wall.

Materials I used:

  • Plywood
  • 1 x 2’s
  • Moulding
  • Dollar Store Frames
  • Wood Glue
  • Paint
  • Artist Brushes

That’s it, and it was easier than I thought it would be. It took about four days because of the glue and paint drying time. I LOVE how it turned out.

Styled bedroom with DIY Headboard.
Close up of DIY Headboard painted in SW Tassel

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What do you think? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

-Libbie

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