Making a Headboard

November 10, 2011

A cheap (new or used) door can make a good headboard. Laid on it's "side" of course and attached to the wall. Gardening fencing (iron, metal), or garden decorations of metal (2 or 3) look good also. Just attach to the wall.


By Vicki from Dallas, TX

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My daughter and her husband have a huge bed and when the moved they needed a headboard. They decided to make it themselves.

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This is not only decorating, but crafty as well. I had an older style futon for a bed frame, and it was black shiny metal. Not conducive to a nice lilac and mint green bedroom.

fabric wrapped headboard

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I used a wooden drapery rod to make a holder for fabric or a quilt or bedspread to use as a headboard. It is cheap, fast, and can be changed quickly. Just be sure to use lightweight fabrics, or put a support in the center of the pole for heavy items.

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Husband and I just got rid of our waterbed, and have gone to a regular bed. But we can't find a headboard we like. We are thinking of making our own, but need ideas. We live in a new house, but it was built to resemble an old farmhouse. We have antiques all throughout the house, so, we are wanting to keep with this theme.

So far, my ideas have been to make a headboard (king) out of:
old barn doors
old wood panel door turned sideways
2 or 3 wagon wheels side by side

We would like more ideas, and husband is wanting something perhaps with a shelf.

By mom-from-missouri from NW, MO


May 30, 20120 found this helpful
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I love the old barn doors look. That would be amazing. Especially with the farmhouse style you have.

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March 25, 2007

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


By Linda (Guest Post)
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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By jean (Guest Post)
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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I want to make a queen padded headboard using Styrofoam. How would I attach it to the wall? I want to hear from anyone who has made their own headboard.

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