For those who don’t mind working with their hands and want to add some homemade beauty to their bedroom, this woven wooden headboard is not one you will want to miss! Bringing a high dollar design into the home without forcing you to cough up too much money, this project may require a bit more of your time—certainly multiple days due drying glue—but it more than offers a reward you and your partner will cherish for years to come. So, let’s get started!
Materials and Supplies
- Table saw
- Drill and drill bits
- Tape measure
- Painter’s tape
- Carpenter’s square or T-square
- 1/4-in x 4 x 8 hardwood plywood, but for king-sized bed, add 1/4-in x 2 x 4 hardwood plywood
- 3 – 1 x 3 x 6 choice pine boards or 2 for twin and full-sized beds
- Wood glue
- 1 quart English chestnut wood finish
- 1 quart clear satin, fast-drying satin polyurethane
- D-ring hangers
- 2-in wood screws
Directions for a Woven Wooden Headboard
- This headboard can be customized for a twin, full, queen, or king-sized bed. Measurements can be found in the diagram.
- To begin, cut three elongated strips as well as five (seven for king) shorter strips out of the plywood, so that the grain runs in the strips’ long dimension (see Diagram). Then, slice two short and two long frame pieces out of the pine boards (see diagram). Finally, finish-sand the plywood strips and pine board frame members. Vacuum and then wipe everything clean afterward.
- For the frame members, butt-join them and then screw them at the corners for a 22-in x 33-in twin frame; 22-in x 48-in full frame; 22-in x 54-in queen frame; or 22-in x 70-in king frame. Stain both sides of the plywood strips and the frame.
- Choose the best of the strip faces for the headboard’s facade. Lay two longer strips out, front-face upward, on an even work surface. Then, lay two shorter strips, front-face upward, over the longer ones — one per end – so that it forms a rectangle. Verify each corner is squared before applying glue and then piling weights on the corners till the glue fully dries. Use painter’s tape if you must mark where you will apply glue.
- Take one of the remaining short strips and center it between your two other end strips. Then, apply glue and weigh it down, so the glue can dry. Add glue onto overlapping parts, leaving the weights overnight.
- For both last short strips, weave them through your long strips, which requires some sliding and bending. Glue the ends down, applying overnight weight.
- Flip the headboard over. Referring to the diagram, slice four long and two short plywood spacer strips, which will be used to create an even surface to glue the frame onto the headboard.
- Dry-fit spacers between the higher strips along the outer short and long strips, which should help to level the surface into a rectangle where you will connect the frame. Center every spacer on the strip’s width before applying glue and adding weights to keep them set.
- Add glue to the headboard frame’s back edge, center it on the spacers and headboard, and then use clamps or add weight to hold everything in place until the glue is dry.
- Once the headboard is assembled, apply some satin polyurethane and sand gently in between coats. Then, attach the D-ring hangers onto the top of the frame roughly one-third of the frame’s length in from each end. Hang the headboard with drywall anchors if they are needed.
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