I'm trying to build a wing headboard bed.

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Forum topic by 7even posted 11-02-2016 03:06 PM 599 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2016 03:06 PM

Hello guys I’m trying to build a wing bed with the headboard and footboard with wings. Can anyone help me with some sketches or photos on how this things are build. I’m new in the industry.

Thank you in advance for your help !

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 02:44 AM


I have no sketches nor have I built a winged upholstered head board or foot board. But since it is upholstered, I seems a simple matter, although perhaps tedious, to draw up your own unique interpretation of the bed shown in the photo. A CAD program or pencil, paper and an architect’s rule could produce scale drawings. Contouring the wings could be drawn full scale or developed on the fly in the shop as the templates are made.

Since the project is upholstered, I presume plywood or perhaps MDF (although I would probably opt for plywood since it would be lighter and would hold staples better) would be the materials of choice. The outward flare of the wings could be achieved by a bevel cut (5 or 10 degrees – just a guess) on the edge that meets with the head board and foot board, beveled before any curved contours are cut into the wings. The joint could be a simple glued butt joint reinforced with screws. The edges of the head board, foot board, and the wings should be rounded to reduce wear and tear on the fabric and its foundation. Some thought would have to be given to the manner of connecting the rails to the foot board and head board, but mortise or no-mortise bed rail fasteners may work best for this design.

While have not responded to your specific question, I hope my reply has been of some value.

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#2 posted 11-19-2016 01:40 PM

For the headboard, I would first figure out the necessary length and width. Take a full sized 4’ x 8’ sheet of 3/4” plywood and cut to those specs. Then you could cut a smaller piece that is the same width but perhaps only 7” to 10” tall and cut it on the bandsaw for the arch in the top of the headboard. Since it will be covered in fabric you could attach this arched piece with pocket hole screws and wood glue. Then for the wings of the headboard you could start by cutting two pieces of ply wood the same height as the main section, maybe about 12” deep. Take and use a templet to draw lines on them that you can follow and cut the curves on your band saw. If you could do one side on the bandsaw, when you finish that side you could use it to draw the lines on the second side. Then cut it on the bandsaw too. Attach those arched winged pieces (using basically but joints) with pocket screws (for simplicity) and lots of wood glue. Repeat the process for the foot boards.

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