King Sized Headboard

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Project by Marc posted 03-26-2012 03:34 AM 2647 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title suggests, this was a king sized woodworking project. Yet, it didn’t take a year to complete. ;-) My wife has been wanting a headboard for our bed ever since we moved into this house a few years ago. We finally sat down in earnest a couple of weeks ago and came up with a design we both liked. Surprisingly enough it was my design that won out! After completing all major construction last weekend, we were able to put it all together, paint and finish it, and get it installed this weekend. She is very happy with it and thinks our bedroom now looks like an actual adult bedroom so this project was definitely a success.

It is pretty simple construction. I just used lengths of 1×6 aspen from one of the big box stores and fastened them together with pocket screws. We found a nice tweed fabric for the panels and put them together with a little foam batting and some 1/4” plywood. I routed out a small recess for each panel and then we decided to just hold them in place using some scraps I had laying around, as you can see in the pictures. This way we can change the fabric out pretty easily if it gets damaged or if we just want something different. I also built a frame around the outside of the headboard so it would lay flat against the wall. The top piece of the frame was cut at an angle for a french cleat so it would be easy to hang it on the wall. After a little paint and poly it was all ready to go.

Enjoy the pictures…

-- Marc,

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 06:26 AM


Thanks for taking the time to put in a description of techniques used on this project. I like the idea being able to change insets. Little ideas we pick-up from each other, helps to build all our skills. I love the french cleats ever since I put them on garage cabinets a few years ago. Thanks for sharing.


-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 05:18 PM


Your headboard turned out fabulous. I really like it. My wife has been wanting a headboard as well and I will probably use some ideas from you. I have already added it in my favorites.

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 08:29 PM

Thanks guys, glad you liked it. :-)

-- Marc,

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 10:10 PM

Very sharp

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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