Corrugated tin isn't just for your garden shed.

How to Make a Headboard With Corrugated Tin

by Mary Evett

Though commonly used as roofing and siding material, the cool, sleek look of corrugated tin has recently made it a popular choice for indoor architectural elements. Because of the materials timeless design, a headboard made from corrugated tin complements a surprising variety of decorating styles, including modern, industrial, trendy or rustic. With a few basic tools and in a weekend's time, you can create a one-of-a-kind headboard out of corrugated tin and instantly add flair to your boring bedroom. Consider using this low-cost building material for your new headboard before spending big bucks at a home furniture store, and you'll have enough money leftover for a new, luxe bedding set, too.

Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the headboard. Measure the width of the mattress that will use the headboard to determine the required width of the tin. Decide how much of the tin you'd like to have exposed above the mattress and measure to determine the headboard's height.

Draw the headboard shape on a large sheet of craft paper. For symmetrical results, first fold the paper in half and use a pencil to draw half of the pattern on the paper. Use scissors to cut the shape out of the folded paper along the pencil line. Unfold the paper to reveal a symmetrical headboard pattern.

Lay the cutout on top of the tin, using a level to make sure it is evenly aligned, and secure it lightly in place with tape. Trace the outline of the shape onto the piece of tin using a permanent black marker.

Lay the tin sheet on two sawhorses, using clamps to tightly secure each end of the tin to each sawhorse. Wearing protective gloves and goggles, cut along the marked outline using a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade.

Sand the cut edges of the corrugated tin sheet with a metal file until all sharp or jagged areas are smooth.

Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall to determine the most secure place to hang the headboard. With a tape measure and pencil, mark the approximate height of the headboard on the wall. Attach the headboard to the wall by hammering a nail through the tin and into the stud in the wall. Add nails along the studs until it is sufficiently secure.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Large craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Level
  • Tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Corrugated tin sheets
  • Two sawhorses
  • Two clamps
  • Protective work gloves
  • Goggles
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Metal file
  • Hammer
  • Nails


  • Corrugated tin is available at hardware stores in sheets that most commonly measure approximately 26 inches wide by 8 feet long.
  • Consider the size and number of pillows that rest on the bed when deciding on the height of the headboard since they may interfere with the visual of the tin.
  • Draw the outline on what will be the back of the headboard in case the your cuts are not exact.
  • Add color by sanding the tin with a medium grit sandpaper before applying primer and paint specifically formulated for use on metal. Allow it to dry thoroughly prior to installing the headboard.

About the Author

A mother of three and graduate of the University of Texas, Mary Evett is the online pregnancy expert who contributes to and CBS Local. Her passion for DIY projects is showcased monthly on the craft blog, My Crafty Spot. She is the author of the blog, Just Mom Matters.

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