DIY Headboard from Reclaimed Wood

wood headboard

Hey Phoenix!

A great way to give your bedroom a shabby chic style is to use reclaimed wood. An inexpensive, but beautiful way to use the reclaimed wood is to make your own headboard with it. This way, your headboard is as unique and interesting as you are! And with a couple tips, you’ll be on your way to personalizing your bedroom to exactly what you want!

What you’ll need:

Wood – Old barn wood, reclaimed wood, wood pallets; use whatever kind you want!

Wood screws (make sure to measure the thickness of your wood so you get the right size screw)

(2) 1” x 4” x 64” boards for legs

Scrap wood

Fine grit sanding sponge

Stiff-bristle scrub brush

2-3 cans of clear, flat finish spray


First and foremost, you need to design your headboard. To do this, measure how big your headboard will be (without legs). Then chalk out those dimensions on the ground. This will give you a space to move the wood around and decide which design you like best. Don’t cut your wood just yet, though. Lay the wood on top of each other to figure out a design and mark the places you want to cut with a pencil. Then cut the wood with your saw.

After you finish cutting, flip over the pieces of wood so the back is facing up. Cut your (2) 1” x 4” x 64” to the desired length for the legs and attach them along the two vertical edges (2-4” from the top) with your wood screws. Then, attach your scrap wood to every seam to hold the wood pieces together. For extra support, you may want to attach another 1” x 4” to the middle section of your headboard. To make sure the surface is free of splinters, sand the entire piece with the sanding sponge and then with the scrub brush.

If you want to personalize your headboard even more, now is the time to do it. You can write a message in chalk or paint before you put the finishing spray over top.

Finally, spray your headboard with 3-5 coats of a flat, clear finish. The flat spray will keep the wood looking natural and weathered. You might want to consider adding a couple extra coats at the bottom, where the sheets will rub against the headboard. Let dry for 24-48 hours, and you’re done!

Even if you don’t like the shabby chic look, you can use wood pallets and either stain or paint them any hue you like for a more polished look. We hope you enjoy this great, personalized headboard!

For more unique tips like this, check out our Pinterest page!

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