I’m thrilled to showcase the wooden headboard I made for our king-size bed. Our new DIY Headboard is made from three square, wood, decorative wall panels. This headboard DIY project is easy-to-complete, can be installed in less than an hour, and it’s budget-friendly!
UPDATE: This headboard was originally created almost three years ago and it still looks as good as the day it was installed. It’s held up over these years and there is no intention of changing it. If you’re looking for a DIY headboard update, I highly recommend giving this idea a whirl. I’ve updated this post with additional options for hanging and ideas on where to find wall panels like the ones I used.
A little backstory:
A few years ago we updated our boring metal bed platform to a beautiful Pottery Barn storage bed. We decided not to purchase the coordinating PB headboard because we didn’t like the look, especially for the price. So we lived without a headboard in our master bedroom for quite a while. After recently updating our nightstands and matching dresser (both from Wayfair here and here), I had a strong desire to complete the look of our master bedroom with a stylish headboard.
The hunt for the perfect headboard to pair with our bed and style began. After passing on hundreds of headboards and feeling like I was running out of options. During a routine Target run, I stumbled on some square lattice wall hangings. The instant ah-ha moment ended with three panels in my cart.
How to Make this DIY Headboard. It’s Easy!
You can make yourself a DIY Headboard out of just about any decorative wall panels. Take a few measurements and attach the panels to the wall at the head of the bed. Here are the steps taken to create our king size DIY Headboard.
Measuring for a DIY Headboard
Take measurements of the width of your bed or bed platform before purchasing panels to ensure you get a fit you like. Don’t feel like measuring, here’s a handy chart of standard bed dimensions. Measure the approximate desired height of your new headboard. Make sure to take into consideration the height of the pillows on the bed. The panels used for this headboard were nearly a perfect width match to the bed.
Where to Find Wood Panels for this DIY Headboard
You can find these just about anywhere in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Some great places to look are Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, or Target. I’ve also seen them at Home Good, Michaels, JoAnn, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s, and World Market. A quick google search for “lattice wall panel“, “wood screen insert”, or “decorative wall panel” will give you millions of results. While I used three square panels, there are many decorative wall panels that could work for this DIY headboard project.
Materials & Tools
- decorative wall panels (amount depends on the measurements to fit the width of the bed and desired height of the headboard. I used three 25″ square panels)
- screws * (may come with the panels)
- sheetrock screw anchors (if needed, these may come with the panels)
- painter’s tape
- measuring tape
- drill/drill bit
*Optionally, you could use Command Hanging Strips. In hindsight, I would have preferred to use these as it would be easier to get the panels level. Go with the heavy-duty version and use several strips. I used hanging strips to hang my son’s giant ruler.
DIY Giant Ruler Growth Chart
Kids love getting measured! And parents love documenting how much kids grow. Make this easy growth chart ruler with just a piece of wood.
Hanging the Wall Panels for the Headboard
On the back of one of the wall panels place a piece of painter’s tape horizontally to align with the hangers. Make marks on the tape to indicate the center of the hangers where the screws will hang. Make another mark in the center between the two screws. Set aside.
Find where the center of the headboard should be centered at the head of the bed on the wall. Place a vertical piece of painter’s tape at the center to use as a guide.
Carefully, remove the previously marked taped from the back of the wall panel and place it onto the wall where the panel should hang. Take into consideration the height of the panel. Use a level to ensure the tape is level. This is the guide for the center panel.
Drill holes into the wall where you marked on the tape. If your panels are not hanging on studs, add drywall anchors first, then install the screws. If you’re drilling into studs you do not need to use anchors.
Hang your first panel on the screws. Make any adjustments if needed.
Repeat the same steps as above with the remaining panels, making sure to take into consideration the space (or lack of) between each of the panels. I lined these panels right next to each other.
I was able to slightly nudge my panels to get each of them perfectly level to one another.
DIY Hanging Light
See how you can turn pendant light globes into a gorgeous hanging triple pendant light.
The way this DIY headboard turned out is very satisfying. Having the headboard gives our master bedroom a more mature look, and brought the island vibes of the room together.
Would you make your own DIY headboard? Leave a comment below.