Turn a boring slab of beadboard paneling into a creative bedroom focal point.

How to Make a Headboard With Beadboard Paneling

by Eric Jonas

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive transformation for your bed or you’re anxious to show off just how crafty you can be, you can turn an ordinary piece of beadboard paneling into a decorative, wall-mounted headboard. Dress it up with paint to blend it in with the room’s decor or let the wood’s grain add a dash of nature to the room instead. With just a little cutting and assembling, you’ll have a creative centerpiece you can show off with pride.

Measure the width of the bed to determine the width of the headboard and determine the height you'd like the headboard. Cut a piece of beadboard paneling according to these measurements.

Cut the outer trim for the headboard. Cut four pieces of 1-by 3-inch pine board, each equal to the length of the headboard. Cut four more pieces of the pine boards, each equal to the width of the headboard. Miter each end of every piece of wood. When you’re finished, you would be able to create two picture frames with the pine trim. Sand the wood’s edges with medium-grit sandpaper

Spread wood glue along one side of two pine lengths and two pine widths and assemble the trim around the outer edge of beadboard. The outer edges of the trim should be flush with the outer edge of the beadboard.

Flip over the headboard. Spread wood glue along one side of the remaining four pieces of pine trim and assemble the trim around the outer edge of the beadboard. The rough-cut edges of the beadboard are now encased in the trim. Clamp the layers of wood and allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Apply wood filler in around the outside of the headboard, in between the two layers of trim. Allow it to dry and then sand smooth.

Cut three pieces of 1-by 2-inch pine. Cut the first piece equivalent to the width of the headboard. Make the second piece the width of the headboard plus an inch, and add another inch to the third piece. Sand all of the rough edges with medium-grit sandpaper.

Spread wood glue on one side of the shortest of the three pieces and center the second piece on top. Spread wood glue on top of the second piece and center the third piece on top

Spread wood glue along the top of the beadboard headboard and center the assembly of pine on top. Clamp the layers together and allow the glue to dry.

Apply primer to the entire headboard, allow it to dry and then apply a layer of paint in the color of your choice.

Locate the studs in the wall with a stud finder and mark two studs on which to attach the headboard. Measure the distance between the marked studs and attach two heavy-duty picture hangers to the back of the headboard accordingly, near the top. Predrill the holes for the hangers with a bit that is slightly smaller than the screws that come with the hangers and then use a drill with screw bit to attach the hangers to the back of the headboard.

Insert a 2 1/2-inch-long screw into each of the marked studs. Predrill with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws and then insert the screws with the drill and screwdriver bit. Do not insert the screws tightly to the wall; leave enough space for the picture hangers to fit over them. Hang the headboard.

Items you will need

  • 1-by-3-inch pine trim
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Wood clamps
  • Wood filler
  • 1-by-2-inch pine trim
  • Wood primer and paint (or stain or sealant)
  • Stud finder
  • 2 heavy-duty picture hangers with screws
  • Drill with various bits including screwdriver
  • 2 1/2-inch wood screws


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About the Author

Eric Jonas has been writing in small-business advertising and local community newsletters since 1998. Prior to his writing career, he became a licensed level II gas technician and continues to work in the field, also authoring educational newsletters for others in the business. Jonas is currently a graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English and rhetoric from McMaster University.

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