Hello again, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build project. If you missed last weeks awesome vintage inspired corbels, you have to check them out! The build plan for this week is inspired by this hip wooden house headboard featured in a Dutch Magazine. Isn’t it fun, I especially love the painted accents on the wall with the simplicity of the house.
How to Build a House Headboard
- 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood 4′ x 8′ (if your store sells 1/2 sheets you really only need 1 1/2 sheets of plywood)
- 1 1/2″ screws
- wood glue
- wood filler
- corded light
Cut a sheet of plywood at about 52″, save the other piece for the walls. Cut the plywood to 41″ x 52″. On the 52″ side, measure up 40″ then make a mark, repeat for other side. Mark the top center (20 1/2″), measure up 51 13/16″ from the bottom and mark at the center line. Cut each side from the 40″ side mark to the top center mark, making a roof peak. Drill a hole near the top large enough to fit your light cord and plug.
Rip the extra plywood piece in half about 24″ (the extra piece from the back). Cut 2 pieces that are about 24″ x 40″. On the top, cut the edge back leaving a 60 deg angle.
Cut 2 pieces of plywood that are 26 1/2″ x 24″. Cut a 60 deg angle on one of the 24″ edges. Measure down 24 9/16″ and make another 60 deg angle, making a really long paralellogram 🙂 Repeat on the other board.
With a scrap piece of plywood, make 1 or 2 roof/light supports. Cut a piece that is 3 5/8″ x 4″. Cut each side at a 30 deg angle, this should fit in the peak of the roof leaving a little room for the cord, trim as needed.
This piece will help brace the roof and hold to the light cord up.
If you anticipate needing a little extra side support (from kids pushing and such 🙂 ) Cut a piece of plywood that is 41″ x 3″.
Along all of the joining edges we will simply screw the boards together. Pre-drill the holes along the joining edges about 3/8″ in from the edge. Use a countersink to make the screws flush. Apply a bead of wood glue along the joining edge and screw together with 1 1/2″ or longer screws. Install the roof/light supports with only screws (no glue). Add the extra side support as needed.
Fill the screw holes, cracks and blemishes with wood filler and allow to dry. Once dried, sand the house and filler smooth. Prime the plywood and allow to dry. Paint the House Headboard your favorite color. Once the paint is dry, run a light cord through the back hole and use the roof/light supports to hold the light cord in place. Ikea carries very similar looking light cords to the one in the inspiration picture for $5. They also carry cords with fun colors for $8.
This house headboard can be left simple for a modern look, or it can be the bones for a decorated house. It would be fun to add wood shingles to the roof like Cassity did with their Bunk Bed Playhouse. There are lots of possibilities! For more Headboard Inspiration, check out 50+ DIY Headboards.