Headboards can be expensive and it’s hard to find one you love for the right size of bed you have. Making your own is so much easier than you think and you can make it exactly how you want it. One great idea for a head board is to use wine crates. They make a beautiful, unique headboard and they can be found cheap or even free.
For this DIY, my sister wanted a headboard for her king size bed. She works at a high end restaurant where they get new wine every Thursday. She took home a bunch of crates from there for free. You can go around to different restaurants and ask for their wine crates when they are done using them and get some for free too.
- Wine crates (we used around 15)
- Wood Glue
- 1 piece of plywood
- Crown Molding
- Satin Finish
- 3 2x4s
First you need to break apart the sides of the wine crates. This can easily be done by using a hammer on the inside of the crate and hammering out the sides. Then you need to hammer out all of the nails in the crates sides.
Next you lay out the pieces like a puzzle and mix and match to see how you want them to be on the headboard. Once you come up with a pattern you like, cut the sides of the boards with a saw to make them really fit like a puzzle and so that you have no overlap or gaps.
Then with the piece of plywood (cut to the width of the size of bed you have and height of your choice) you are going to attach the crown molding. We found the crown molding at Home Depot and it’s in the color Espresso. We put two pieces of crown molding on the top of the headboard to give it a ledge. Use the wood glue to make the crown molding stick to the plywood. Then use something heavy to push the crown molding to the plywood while it dries.
After the crown molding dries, glue the wine crate pieces down onto the plywood. Put something heavy over them while they dry.
*Home Depot will cut wood for free for you at the store, this makes the process a lot simpler.
After everything is dry, it’s time to put a coat of clear satin finish on. This just makes the colors of the wood pop and give it a bit of shine. You can use a cheap foam brush found at any craft store or Home Depot/Lowe’s. My sister and I put two coats of Minwax Clear Satin on the headboard. Let it dry.
Then you attach one 2×4 to the middle of the back of the headboard so it doesn’t sway and it gives it more support. Then attach two more 2x4s on as posts so that your headboard can stand on the ground.
Put it behind your bed and you’re done! It looks great and expensive but was done for only around $60! You are left with something original and beautiful. An easy and cheap project done in one weekend.
What are your ideas for a DIY headboard?