How Tall should a 60inch Headboard be?

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Forum topic by JohnMcD348 posted 06-11-2014 01:48 AM 1283 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2014 01:48 AM

I want to build a headboard for my son using Baseball bats similar to designs found online for sale. It’s a Queen size bed and measures out to about 60inches across and I believe it was 29inches high at the top of the mattress. I was initially looking at using 31inch bat blanks for the headboard but then I started thinking about how high the overall headboard would be. Even if I designed the base to sit 2, 3, 4 inches below the mattress.

I’m new to all this woodworking stuff and I’ve read a lot hear and there, watched a lot of Roy Underhill over the years and finally getting to play at something I’ve always wanted to do.

I read something somewhere about dimension and design ratio, dealing with furniture making. The Golden Rule, ratio, measurements, etc. I’ve read a few things on it but nothing that really makes it clear to me yet.

Any advice?


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#1 posted 06-11-2014 02:12 AM

Don’t worry too much about the golden rule. Rules are broken every day, right?

However, there are many fundamentals that come into play when working wood at any discipline level.

One could not even begin to scratch the surface in a forum response.

Just charge the hill with your design, doing is the best teacher out there.

With respect to your tentative project, sounds pretty straight forward with joinery methods being the crucial task at hand.

No hard and fast rule on your prospective headboard height other than the obvious: You don’t want pillows to slide away from you and at the same time you want to display a large enough percentage of bat that they are obvious to the viewer.

Enjoy the journey JB

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 02:16 AM

My headboard height was limited by the mattress thickness I was using and the height of the window the bed sits under. I didn’t want my headboard to cover the window.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 04:00 AM

When building for yourself, you build for yourself. It’s a joy and a privilege to build it how you want it. Make it look like your vision. Styles were made by people who didn’t follow the rules.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 10:07 AM

Do a search on this forum. I recall a similar bed posted a while back. Good luck

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 10:58 AM

Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. My vision began as one thing but then I began to over think it and started worrying about just how tall it would be compared to how wide it will be and if it would look “Off” somehow aesthetically. Then I remembered reading about the ratio used in furniture building but couldn’t really find what I was looking for. I think I know where I’m going to go with it.

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