We needed a headboard for our bed so I decided to design and build a Modern DIY King Size Headboard. I wanted to make it from two different colors and to have a good contrast. After looking thru so many bed design I decided to go with the white and dark stain. It gives a good contrast between the two colors. Here are the steps to make this headboard for your bedroom.
- Cut and Assemble Stained Boards
- Attach the Middle Section of the Headboard
- Cut Holes for the Light Fixtures
- Assemble the Upper and Lower Sections
- Attach the Top Piece to Headboard
- Make the Shelves
- Install 4×4 Supports for the Shelves
- Attach the Shelves to the Headboard
Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Cut and Assemble Stained Boards
There are several pieces of this project that are stained but most wood pieces are painted white. Start with pieces that would need to be stained. Take 1×10 and cut two 23 1/4″ pieces and two 5 1/2″ long pieces. Also, take two full 1×6 board (96″ long) and stain all of these boards separately before assembling them together. This makes the job cleaner instead of painting and staining after everything is assembled. Attach the two boards together making the L shape as shown on the picture.
Step 2 – Attach the Middle Section of the Headboard
Take one of the 1×6 stained boards the 1 last update 2020/06/03 and place L shaped boards on each side. Attach them using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Also, attach the middle piece of plywood. Make sure it’s painted white before attaching.Take one of the 1×6 stained boards and place L shaped boards on each side. Attach them using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Also, attach the middle piece of plywood. Make sure it’s painted white before attaching.
Step 3 – Cut Holes for the Light Fixtures
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Then place the other stained full size 1×6 board on top and attach it using wood screws from the top. If you prefer to put LED lights, you would need to cut the holes before attaching the upper board. Also, keep in mind where to place on/off switch for the lights. This might require an additional opening on the board.
Step 4 – Assemble the Upper and Lower Sections
Now since the middle section is complete, attach the upper and lower section using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws as shown on the picture
Step 5 – Attach the Top Piece to Headboard
For the piece on top of the headboard, use Nail Gun with brad nails.
Step 6 – Make the Shelves
Take 2×10 and cut to provided dimensions in the cut list. Using pocket holes attach the two boards together making an L shape shelf. You might want to rip the two edges with a table saw so that two boards connect evenly. You will need to make 2 exactly the same shelves and 2 mirrored shelves.
Step 7 – Install 4×4 Supports for the Shelves
Before attaching the shelves add a 4×4 in the back of the headboard so that the shelves would have a solid wood to attach to.
Step 8 – Attach the Shelves to the Headboard
And finally, attach the shelves at your desired height using the 2 1/2″ wood screws. You’re all done with this DIY King Size Headboard.