Live.Laugh.DIY. Rustic Headboard

Our wooden headboard is one of my all time favorite DIY projects. It was so simple and immediately improved the appearance of our bedroom! I had everything sketched out and measured before I headed to Home Depot. Then, I had the wood cut at the store. When I got home, all I had to do was assemble the boards on floor of my garage and and use the right length of screw to attach all the panels together. Finally, I lightly sanded it and stained it. So simple!

When you go to to buy your wood, do your best to choose pieces that aren’t warped. It’ll make it easier to assemble. I have a miter saw I use for most of my projects, but if you don’t, have your lengths ready at Home Depot. They will cut the wood for you!

Materials Needed:

  • Six 1×6 boards, 66” long (horizontal boards)
  • Two 1×4 boards, 52” long (vertical supports – “legs”)
  • One 1×3 board, 56” long (horizontal base support)
  • One 1×3 board, 25” long (center vertical support)
  • A box of 1 ¼ inch screws

Basic Steps:

  1. Line the 6 (66” long) boards on the ground. If you want the boards to have a small gap between each, use paint stir sticks to create even gaps.
  2. Place the 25” 1×3 in the center of your 6 boards. Drill into place using two screws per board.
  3. Place the two 52” 1x4s (evenly) on either side of the vertical 1×3. These are the legs of your headboard. Make sure they are level for when you stand your headboard up.
  4. Pace the 56” 1×3 nine inches up from the bottom on the headboard legs (horizontally). Screw the end of the 1×3 into each leg. This board is a support for the legs and will/should be hidden box the box spring and mattress.
  5. The headboard is assembled! Now it’s time to sand and stain. I always use Minwax stains and clear protective finishes. Follow the instructions on the product you choose to finish the headboard!

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