Build a Tall Slat Headboard
Kicking off Headboard Week, we’ve got Corey from Sawdust2Stitches, one of our newest contributors! Learn to build a tall slat headboard, and come back later today for more great headboard tutorials and inspiration. Hop to the end of the post to join the link party and share your DIY headboard, too!
Have you ever started a project that seemed simple, but the deeper you get into it, the more you realize there was a far simpler approach! ? BUT you are already half way through; and you don’t want to start over? Then 4 hours later you realize, yet again, you could have already started the project over and finished it… twice ? This is one such project.
So, I present an easier version of an amazing headboard! NOTE: There are some slight modifications from the headboard pictured. (There is not a slat running down the center.)
How to Build a Tall Slat Headboard
by Corey of Sawdust2Stitches
- Mitre Saw
- Drill bit
- Nail Gun
- Air Compressor
- Wire Strippers (If installing a lamp)
Supplies Needed: * The dimensions listed are to accommodate a QUEEN size bed.
(They can easily be adjusted to fit a twin or king, just a little bit of math.)
- 1×3 Fir Strip (8′) x 3 $1.71 / each = $5.13
- 1×2 Fir Strip (8′) x 2 $0.95/ each = $1.90
- 1×4″ Fir Strip (8′) x 16 $1.81 / each = $28.96
- Lattice Slats (8′) x 3 $1.07/ each = $3.21
Total = $39.20(Subject to change by region, and does not include lamp or finish.)
- Lantern (if applicable)
- Straight Blade Plug (If installing a lamp)
- Extension cord (If installing a lamp)
- 1″ wood screws
- 1×4 @ 58.5″ x 15
- 1×4 @ 61.5″ x 1
- 1×3 @ 80″ x 2
- 1×3 @ 55 ” x 1 ( I suggest cutting this to fit)
- 1×2 @ 80″ x 2
- lattice @55″ x 1
- lattice @48.5″ x 2
Building the frame
The ( 80″) 1×3 posts will be the vertical and the (58.5″) 1×4 slats will run horizontally connecting the 1×3 posts.
Pre-drill the 1×4’s 2x on each end.
Once pre-drilled, use (2) 1″ wood screws to fasten each 1×4 end to the 1×3 post. The 1×4’s should be 3/4″ from the side. (I used a 1×3 turned on its side as a marker.)
I strongly suggest using a square as you go. You don’t want this thing to end up all wonky.
After all the 1×4’s are secured to the backside flip over and attach the 55″ 1×3. It “should” be a perfect fit, but I might suggest cutting it to fit. You can either secure it from the back using a drill, or tack it in place with a nail gun.
Truth be told, I used the lattice on mine to hide a few mistakes. They are not necessary, but I like them. So if you like em, attach them. I used a nail gun to tack them in place.
Attach the 1×2’s to the back of the posts. They will serve as a form of stability and also hide the ends of the 1×4’s.
I used a nail gun, but you can hand nail, or if cautious, you can pre-drill and then attach via screws.
Last step in the building process is attaching the 1×4 to the top. Just make sure it is centered, then nail in place ( or pre-drill and screw).
At this point whip out your choice of finish, whether it be paint or stain, and go to town!
Installing the light
I purchased a “wall mounted” lantern kit, but I wanted to be able to plug it into a standard outlet. Guess what!? It is super easy!
You just need one of these:They can be found in the electrical section of most hardware stores for less than $2.00.
It will come with clear instructions, but here are pictures in the event you need reassurance.
In most cases, standard wall mount lights come with the mounting kit. Again, they come with instructions, but here are some step -by-step photos to put you at ease. The only additional step required is drilling a hole. You need the hole to be large enough to fit the newly attached plug through.
Once the bracket is mounted, most standard lights only require two screw-on caps to complete installation. (Again, this will vary depending on the lantern.) Once the plug is fed through the drilled hole , an extension cord can be used to accommodate outlet placement.
So pretty !
This is a sturdy headboard and can be bolted to most standard frames. However, this is a ” top heavy” frame, so I chose to take extra precautions with mine, I secured mine to the wall. I used a technique that I demonstrated on a Nightstand Lamp tutorial.
There you have it, an inexpensive, easy to build, beautiful headboard! Another bonus feature: You don’t have to figure out decorative wall art above the bed! Nice.
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Thanks! I’m about to tackle something like this for the headboardless bed in the basement apt..
Absolutely! No bed should be without a headboard! Especially when you can do it this cheap. Good Luck!
Love this! Makes such a statement and adds the perfect detail with the lantern…
I love the lantern too, it eliminates the needs for reading lamps in the guest room! Thank you!
I love this headboard! It is beautiful and such a nice DIY alternative. I like the clever use of the lantern. Brilliant!
Thanks Megan, the lantern is my favorite part! It was the perfect finishing touch. Thanks!
I love walking into a room and seeing a big statement headboard! I love the added light! Such a fun way to personalize with the lantern.
AMEN sister. I didn’t want to have to decorate the rest of the wall. Having the huge headboard did it all. AND it still had the “wow” factor. Thanks!
Hey that rhymed.
Another great idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
AND, thank YOU for reading!
It looks like I need to get some more power tools…
That’s the spirit, Rob! Always room for more power tools 🙂