I’m thrilled to showcase the headboard I made for our master bedroom. Our new DIY Headboard is made from three square decorative wall panels. This headboard DIY project is easy to complete, can be installed in less than an hour, and it’s affordable!
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 headboard because we didn’t like the look. So we lived without a headboard with our king size bed. After recently updating our nightstands and matching dresser, I had a strong desire to complete the look of our master bedroom with a stylish headboard.
I began the hunt for the perfect headboard to pair with our bed and style. After passing on hundreds of headboards and running out of options, I was doing some routine shopping at Target run I stumbled on these square lattice wall panels. The instant ah-ha moment ended with three panels in my cart.
How to Make a DIY Headboard
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 your bed. Here are the steps I took to make our kingsize DIY Headboard.
Measure for a DIY Headboard
Take measurements of the width of your bed or bed platform. Here’s a 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.
Materials and Tools
- decorative wall panels (amount depends on the measurements to fit the width of the bed and desired height of the headboard. I used 3 25″x25″ 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
Shop around for wall panels.
You can find these just about anywhere in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Some great places to look are Wayfair, Overstock, Target, Hobby Lobby. While I used three wooden wall panels there are many decorative wall panels that could work for this DIY headboard project.
Hanging the wall panels for the headboard
On the back of one of the wall panels place a piece of painter’s tape to align with the hangers. Make marks on the tape to indicate where the screws need to be. 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. Mark with a vertical piece of painter’s tape.
Remove the previously marked taped from the back of the wall panel and place 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.
Drill holes into the wall where you marked on the tape. If your panels are not hanging on studs, add drywall anchors before then screw in the screws. If you’re drilling into studs you do not need to use anchors.
Hang your first panel.
Repeat the same steps with the two remaining panels making sure to take into consideration the space (or lack of) between the panels.
I was able to slightly nudge my panels to get perfectly level.
I am extremely satisfied with the way my DIY Headboard turned out. Having the headboard gave our master bedroom a more mature look and brought the beach vibe of the room together.
Would you make your own DIY headboard? Leave a comment below.