Bedroom Decorating & DIY Condo Guest Bedroom

A Seven-Foot-Tall Queen Size Headboard (For $25)

It’s not finished yet (it still needs lots and lots of sanding, and then stain and polyurethane), but I started on the headboard for the white room yesterday. I wanted a big, dramatic statement on that long, white wall, and I think this seven-foot-tall headboard will do the trick. 🙂

Very tall wood headboard made from cedar fence pickets for $25

I made a similar headboard three years ago for John & Alice’s master bedroom, and while I try my best not to repeat projects, the fact is that I needed a really inexpensive headboard for this room, and this seemed like the best way to achieve that.

For this headboard, I purchased eleven cedar fence pickets which were $2.25 each.  And that’s it.  Everything else I needed (screws, construction adhesive, extra wood), I already had on hand.  So this really did cost me about $25 out of pocket.  Not too bad for a seven-foot-tall headboard!!

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Seven foot tall wood headboard made for about $25

I hope to stain it kind of a medium brown, somewhere between the shade on the window (which you can see in the pic above) and the countertop and shower mat in the adjoining bathroom.

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So we’ll see how it turns out tomorrow Thursday. Cedar can be kind of unpredictable when it comes to stain, so fingers crossed that it doesn’t turn orange! 🙂

This headboard was incredibly simple to make. Here’s how I did it…

First, I lined up my cedar fence boards side-by-side on the ground, with the good sides facing down. A queen size requires eleven fence boards. When I got them all arranged so that they fit together tightly, I dropped the two outer boards down 14 inches to create the legs. Then I used some scrap pieces of 1 x 2 and 1 x 3 cedar, along with LocTite construction adhesive and 1.25-inch screws to secure the boards together.

$25 wood headboard made of cedar fence pickets

I tried to kind of plan ahead so that the boards on back wouldn’t interfere with the shape that I wanted to cut out.

At this point, I carefully turned the headboard over. It was still very flimsy at this point since it had so little bracing on the back, but I wanted to get the shape cut out before adding more bracing.

Just like on the other headboard, and on the mirror I made for the bathroom, I used heavy paper (I used watercolor paper since it’s what I had, but you can also use cardstock paper, newspaper, cardboard, etc.) to draw half of my design for the top of the headboard.

After cutting out the design, I traced the design onto half of the headboard.

wood headboard 2

Then I flipped the pattern over and traced the design on the other side for a perfectly symmetrical shape.

wood headboard 3

This headboard was so huge that in order to cut out the shape, I had to stand it upright, and use a ladder to reach the top. (I am, after all, only five feet tall!) 😀 I used my jigsaw with the same blade made for cutting curves that I used on the scalloped frame for the bathroom mirror. But I’ll admit, I didn’t take near the time or care in cutting out this headboard that I did with the frame since imperfections on projects like this aren’t nearly as obvious as they are on things like a mirror frame.

wood headboard 4

After the shape was cut out, I placed the headboard face down again, and added more bracing to the back. Once these strips of wood were in place, the headboard was very sturdy.

wood headboard 5

So today, I’ve got a ton of sanding to do. These fence boards are so incredibly rough, but I know that they can be sanded (almost) perfectly smoothly because these fence pickets are what I used to make the wood countertop in the teal and yellow bathroom.

I’ll show you the finished headboard tomorrow Thursday!



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