Hey Friends! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season spending time with friends and family! I know I did. I also enjoyed way too much food! But I’m already back on a clean eating and daily yoga routine so I’m feeling energized and healthy!! :)
I wanted to share this fun DIY Rustic Headboard project that Brandon and I helped my mom with over the holiday break. My younger sister’s 20th birthday was mid-December, and my mom wanted to give her a “grown” up bedroom so she decided to ask for our help in building her a new rustic headboard.
I love how this project turned out, and I really love how easy it was. We got this headboard knocked out from start (going to buy materials) to finish (sanding and staining) in just one Saturday. It was a fun day!
Here’s the supply list in case you like to build projects and want to give it a shot! *Note, these cut lengths were for a queen bed so if you’re making this for another size you’ll need to measure as you go.
- Piece of plywood cut to 4′ tall by 6′ wide
- 4 – 1 x 4’s cut at 4′ long
- 2 – 1 x 4’s cut at approx. 64.5″ long (Measure first!!)
- 3 – 1 x 3’s cut at approx. 44-1/4″ long (Measure first!!)
- 2 – 8′ long 1 x 3’s cut at varying lengths for the main headboard design*
- 1 – 1 x 6 cut at 7′ long
- 2 – 2 x 4’s cut at 6′ long
- Wood glue – I recommend Gorilla Glue brand
- 2″ screws
- 1″ screws
- Finishing nails
- Wood filler
- Sander or sand paper
- Your favorite stain
First things first, we don’t have a table saw so we had a worker at Lowe’s rip the plywood for us to be the 4 x 6 size.
We cut 2 of the 1 x 4 boards to be 4′ long. These boards are the ones on the left and right side of the plywood. Then, we measured the distance between the two and cut another 1 x 4 board to fit that length (this is one of the boards cut to approximately 64.5″, but I recommend measuring first to be safe). We glued all these boards down then carefully flipped the plywood over and put in the 1″ screws to hold them in place from the back so you wouldn’t see any screw holes.
Then we took 3 of the 1 x 3 boards and cut them to fit the remaining height of the plywood. These are the boards cut at approximately 44-1/4″ tall. We glued these down centering the middle one and just choosing a matching placement for the other two. Then flipped it over and screwed them in from the back with the 1″ screws.
We actually had to have extra hands on this step because it was too hard to just flip it over and place the screws correctly. So my mom and I held the board upright while Brandon screwed in the boards. We were able to help guide him in determining the correct placement a little easier this way.
Then we took the remaining 8′ long 1 x 3 boards and cut them into varying length strips to create the design we wanted. I recommend just determining the location you want these boards then measuring as you go and cutting to the correct length. This is where you can be creative with the design you choose.
We once again glued these boards down and then used finishing nails to attach. We made sure to sink these finishing nails in as deep as possible so you wouldn’t see them.
Then it’s time to flip it over and put the bracing on the back.
We took another 1 x 4 board and cut it to approximately 64.5″. Basically we wanted this board to fit in the center between the 2 x 4’s that we were using for legs. So I just took the 2 x 4’s and laid them down on the left and right side of the headboard and used a pencil to mark their width. Their width should be around 3-3/4″ but if you want to be exact just do what I did. Then we cut the 1 x 4 board to fit that length. Glue in place then use your 2″ screws to attach this board.
See how snug it fits with the 2 x 4’s? DON’T attach these yet!! This was just taken to show you what it will eventually look like.
So, the 2 x 4’s aren’t attached yet!
The next step was to attach some trim just to finish it off. We cut the 2 remaining 1 x 4’s at 4′ tall to attach to the right and left side as shown below. Glue them down then use some finishing nails to attach!
This is what the trim looks like from the front. See how we centered the board to “hang off” a little on the front and back side?
Does anyone else notice the nosy little puppy in basically every single photo? Yeah, she wanted to be involved! Haha
The last step before sanding and staining was to add a trim/shelf piece to the top. We used a 1 x 6 board and cut it to about 7′ long, but you can cut this any length you want really. We wanted it to hang over the edge of the headboard by a few inches on each size so this length worked good for us. We glued and attached with finishing nails.
We did go back and add a little wood filler to all the places where we put finishing nails. Just let that dry then sand it down really good so it blends in well.
We sanded everything down just on any rough edges then started staining. Make sure you stain your 2 x 4’s during this step too. You’re going to need them next!
Once we got the headboard to my mom’s house she attached the 2 x 4’s so they had about 2′ hanging off the bottom of the headboard. These became the “legs”, and she was able to attach the bed frame straight to these 2 x 4’s with the 2″ screws (these work because the 2 x 4’s aren’t quite 2″ thick).
I just LOVE how it turned out and my mom decorated the bed so cute!
Can’t go wrong with pretty mood lighting too!
I hope you all enjoyed this DIY Rustic Headboard. It was definitely a fun project to do, and my little sister LOVED it! To be sure and stay up to date with all of our DIY projects be sure to subscribe for updates below!