My sister and brother-in-law have created the cutest room for their little boy. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you. It all started with a gray and orange comforter set that she found at Shopko. From there, she envisioned a gray room with a gray stripe accent wall. My brother-in-law is very creative and previously worked in a sign shop. He designed a vinyl airplane inspired by the racing legend Dusty Crophopper (or Strut Jetstream:-)) I think that he did a pretty awesome job! My sister created a favorites thing sign of her little boy, which is just darling. To finish off the bed, they needed a headboard. They came up with this simple headboard, it is easy to build, cheap and will add that finishing touch.
How to Build a Simple Headboard
- 2 – 1″ x 6″ x 96″ board
- 1 – 1″ x 3″ x 96″ board
- 12 – 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue
- stain/top coat
- remnant carpet or felt
- approx cost of wood is $12.50
|4||3/4"||5 1/2"||37 1/2"||1x6|
Cut the 1×6’s into 4 pieces that are 37 1/2″ long. Cut the 1×3 into 2 pieces that are 30″ long and 2 that are 12″ long. On the 30″ pieces drill pilot holes for screws to attach each of the 37 1/2″ boards. Apply a little wood glue and attach the 30″ pieces with 1 1/4″ screws to the 1×6’s about 4″ in from each side. Leave a small gap between planks for a more defined plank look.
Drill pilot holes about 3/8″ from the ends of the 12″ pieces. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws to attach the 12″ pieces to the ends of the 30″ pieces. The 12″ pieces (feet) slide between the mattress and box spring to stand the headboard up.
Attach a small remnant of carpet or felt with glue/staples near the top of the 30″ pieces to avoid marring the wall.
Lightly sand the headboard and finish with 120 grit or higher sandpaper. Apply stain or paint as desired (Minwax Espresso was used for this headboard). Once the stain is dry, apply polyurethane topcoat.
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