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20 Unique DIY Wood Headboards Ideas You Can Make in a Weekend or Less

The bedroom is the most important room in your house since it is where you(and perhaps someone else) will be spending most of your life in it. Yet, sometimes when it comes to decoration, the bedroom often comes last in term priority, kind of unfair for us, don’t you think? I have found several homemade DIY headboards that are easy to make your sleep just a bit sweeter and more romantic. This post will be updated regularly so don’t forget to bookmark and come back later.

20 Easy to Make DIY Wood Headboards

1. $30 DIY headboard – James and Michelle

I stumbled across Michelle’s blog and was impressed with this idea. Michelle was able to make a new headboard just with $30 due to her brilliant idea of using some of easy-to-find and cheap materials:

– cardboard ($0)
– 2 yards of quilt batting ($8)
– tape, packing or duct
– staple gun
– 2 yards of fabric ($12)

Michelle's $30 DIY headboard

Michelle’s $30 DIY headboard

2. Master Bedroom Redo – DIY Fabric Headboard

This was created by Briana and her love for crafting. Briana was inspired by Young House Love’s new book that presented how to decorate your house on a budget, quite an impressive book for DIY if you asked me.













3. Yellow & Gray Styleboard

This DIY Wooden headboard is from Chelsea Rosario’s old blog. The ideas was created based on geometric patterns paired with ruffles and natural textures.

Yellow & Gray Styleboard

Yellow & Gray Styleboard






















For some reasons, Chelsea has moved to on to a new blog and I could not find her post on this Styleboard. So I’m gonna re-post her guide here just in case Chelsea’s old blogpost got deleted. You can find Chelsea’s new blog here.

Yellow & Gray Styleboard 2

Yellow & Gray Styleboard 2


























4. DIY Upholstered Headboard, with Stenciled Fabric

This lovely headboard was Shelli‘s idea. Shelli is an interior designer and you can easily see how professional this headboard looks.

The shape of the headboard was cut at Shelli’s local woodwork shop, but you can easily do it yourself by using some of our woodworking tools like staple gun for upholstery, bandsaws, router tables or brad nailers.

DIY Upholstered Headboard, with Stenciled Fabric


5. Littlebitfunky’s headboard

There is something in this headboard that you just love to look at. Stylist yet simple.

You can choose a brighter colour for your kids’ room or some stronger colour for your boys. And did I say I like how this one look just so peaceful?

littlebitfunky project headboard

littlebitfunky’s project headboard













6. Handmade Wooden Headboard by Cynthia

I just love the colour and how distressed of this craft. It is so simple yet you just smile and feel happy like when a cool breeze caresses your face. You can see that it is made of wood that can easily get from your local lumber yard.
















7. A cosy headboard by thesamanthalife

One of my favourite wooden headboard. This one just gave me a distressed feeling and I just love the look of wood on it. So simple yet so captivating.

You are going to need some materials:

  • 3 – 1x6x10 pine boards {I cut these in half because our queen bed is almost 5 feet wide}
  • Distressing tools
  • Wood stain
  • Polyeurothane
  • 2 separate paintbrushes for each of the above
  • Drill and screws for mounting to wall.
A cosy headboard by thesamanthalife

A cosy headboard by thesamanthalife















8. DIY Headboard by alishavw

One of the more sophisticated looking headboard in our collection. The tufts and the buttons gave a warm and soft touch while the wood trim gives it a special style. Imagine lying on this bed while gazing out to your garden when your husband is cutting tree and kids playing on the ground, a blissful afternoon.

Now, you are going to need more materials for this one and invest more time as well, but it’s a good reward after it is done.

Some of the crucial material included:

  • 1/4″ plywood, cut to 55.5″ x 29.5″
  • 1x4x8, cut to 62.5″ (x2) and 29.5″ (x2)
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper/sander, 180 grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue 
  • Cordless screwdriver, screwdriver drill bits
  • Black gloss paint  >.
  • Paint brushes and clean up
  • Upholstery grade staple gun and staples
  • 1/2″ foam, +12 inches wider than your headboard

For the full guide and materials, check out alishavw blog.

DIY Headboard by alishavw

DIY Headboard by alishavw















9.  Framed Tufted Headboard by makeit-loveit

I just love the look of this one, feel like it’ll be perfect for my daughter. What about you?

Check out the full tutorial on makeit-loveit blog. They are my favourite DIY blogs as some of you might already know.

Framed Tufted Headboard by makeit-loveit

Framed Tufted Headboard by makeit-loveit














10. DIY upholstered headboard with nailhead trim; project inspired by Interior Designer, Rachel Bishop

I like this one for the shape and its formal look, the colour and geometric pattern is also great.

 DIY upholstered headboard

DIY upholstered headboard


11. allthingsthrifty headboard

My top favourite for headboard ideas. In fact, I’m actually making this as a gift for my aunt. I just love the shape and the colour as it looks so easy on the eyes.

allthingsthrifty headboard

allthingsthrifty headboard



















12. DIY Headboard by Kelly Morgan

Check out Kelly’s tips for low budget decorating while you are at it too.

DIY Headboard by Kelly Morgan

DIY Headboard by Kelly Morgan














13. Pallet DIY wood headboard diy by revivalwoods

This one has a more muscular and wild look to it. Somehow I think it fits perfectly to my dad as he is a woodworker too, just like the creator of this headboard. Look into our guide of buying good router tables, router bits , and table saws if you are considering buying woodworking tools for this project.

Pallet Wood Headboard

Pallet Wood Headboard





















14. DIY Rustic Headboard by MARY SPITZER

I especially like this one because of its rustic look, after applying a good waterproof sealant, it still feels polished enough to have a luxury feel to your bed.

I feel that this wooden headboard idea fits perfectly if you have a queen size bed or even a larger king size bed.

 DIY Rustic Headboard by MARY SPITZER

DIY Rustic Headboard by MARY SPITZER



























15. DIY nailhead upholstered headboard by Crawford

I like the look of this headboard, it feels a bit modern than what we have so far and would fit perfectly in our coming winter. Not to mention it is not so difficult to make which is a big plus.
  • 5 – 1 X 4’s
  • 1 – 1/2 birch veneer cut to size from a 4 X 8 board
  • ——————– total for the above
  • 1 – Nailhead trim kit from JoAnn’s 
  • 2 – 3 yards of material 
  • 1 – queen size quilt batting
  • ruler  
  • rubber mallet  
  • staple gun and staples 
DIY nailhead upholstered headboard

DIY nailhead upholstered headboard




















16. DIY Button Tufted Headboard by Meghan

This lovely headboard was made by Meghan, an art conservator. You can easily that this headboard has a professional look with the lining the tufts and perfect combination of various techniques.

DIY Button Tufted Headboard













17. Barn door headboard by littleyellowwheelbarrow





















You are going to need to use a few power tools for this wooden headboard like a mitre saw, a bandsaw but you don’t, that’s ok since it’s just going to take a bit more time with a hammer and a screwdriver.

Tools to make this barn door headboard:

  • Mitre Saw
  • Electric Drill
  • Air Nailer
  • Carpenters Glue.  Gorllia glue all the way.   Don’t skip the glue!
  • 1 1/4 inch screws
  • 1-inch finishing nails for the air nailer.
  • A set square or a straight edge

18. Tufted Headboard DIY by SHANA

The entire project costs around $100, a very good price for this gorgeous headboard. Cutting the foam can be a bit tricky but you can see that Shana did a great job with it.

Tufted Headboard DIY by SHANA











19. Upholstered Headboard With Nail Head Trim from HGTV

This headboard has an extraordinary look with the length extends to the ceiling, quite fascinating.

Upholstered Headboard With Nail Head Trim














20. DIY headboard by Amy

Amy made this beautiful headboard with just under $100, another low-cost headboard in our list!

headboard by Amy