Using a Footboard as a Headboard

I am in need of suggestions for raising a wood footboard in height so it can be used as a headboard. Through a series of events, the actual headboard was lost, but I have the footboard that matches my bedroom furniture and would like to use it as a headboard now.


The bed and footboard are queen sized but in order to have all the furniture in the bedroom, the bed must be placed in front of a set of double windows so the footboard can not be hung on the wall itself. The posts at each end measure roughly 4in by 4in and are carved at the top (like big dowel posts) and extend about 14in above the middle section. That section has supports that brace the posts to it and could have something fastened to it for the height and not be visible from the front, but I am not sure what to use there or below the squared bottoms on the posts. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Pat from AL

March 25, 20070 found this helpful

Could you possibly just use the bed risers that they sell to lift your bed for storage under it? They are very-VERY, hard plastic and available in 4 inch and 6 inch height. And your bed post nest inside the top of them? Hope this helps :) good luck.


Arrowsmith, Il.

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

To raise the height of the footboard 4-6 inches, you could get those rubber storage blocks which are meant to raise the bed so you can put storage containers under it. The legs of the bed frame fit into them. These can be bought where you buy closet and storage items at Home Depot/Lowe's.

Could you use whatever held the footboard on the bed by reversing the bed frame?

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March 27, 20070 found this helpful

Have you thought of just bolting the footboard to a couple of 2x4"? The footboard could be brought to the correct height by insetting the boards so they don't show from the sides and just bolt them in, or you might want to build a 2x4 frame to attach it .

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March 28, 20070 found this helpful

How about a porch post bought from the home improvement center? They look a little decorative; one post, cut in half, and then stained to match your footboard, then attach to the bottom legs of the footboard. You could drill out holes into the porch post sections to slip the footboard legs into the porch post.

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May 19, 20140 found this helpful

You can buy "L" brackets from the home improvement store, or triangular-shaped brackets to screw into the wall below the windows, on which to set the foot-board, just like you would if making a shelf. You might be able to screw them onto the foot-board itself or just rest the foot-board onto them.

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