Bed-azzling Woven Headboard

Sleep in style with this beautiful woven headboard.

headboard

You don’t have to be a skilled woodworker to transform plain plywood into a handsome headboard. Just follow these steps:

KING SIZE INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut plywood into three 9″×81″ [22.86 cm x 205.74 cm] strips and seven 9″×31″ [22.86 cm x 78.74 cm] strips with the grain running in the long dimension of the strips. Cut two 70″ [177.8 cm] and two 20-1/2″ [52.07 cm] frame members from 1″×3″×6′s [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m]. Finish-sand the strips and frame members, and then vacuum clean. Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22″×70″ [55.88 cm x 177.8 cm] frame. Stain the frame and both sides of the plywood; let dry.

Select the best strip faces for the front of the headboard. Lay out two long strips front-face up. Lay four short strips, front-face up, on top of the long ones, one at each end to form a rectangle and two evenly spaced between the end strips. Lay the remaining long strip on the short strips, centred between the other long strips. Separate the strips where they overlap at the perimeter, apply glue to one surface, and lay the strips together. Do not glue the interior overlaps. Check for square and weight the glued overlaps for 24 hours.

Weave the three remaining short strips through the long strips; glue only at the ends and apply weight. Let dry; flip headboard over.

Cut two 2-1/2″×12″ [6.35 cm x 30.48 cm] and four 2-1/2″×14″ [6.35 cm x 35.56 cm] plywood spacer strips to provide a flat surface for gluing the frame to the headboard. Glue one spacer to the centre of each long perimeter strip between the short strips and one to each short perimeter strip between the long perimeter strips. Glue and weight the frame, centred, to the back of the headboard. Apply satin polyurethane. Attach D-ring hangers to the top of the frame, approximately one-third the frame length in from each end, and hang using drywall anchors where needed.

QUEEN SIZE INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut plywood into three 9″×64″ [22.86 cm x 162.56 cm] strips and five 10″×31″ [25.4 cm x 78.74 cm] strips with the grain running in the long dimension of the strips. Cut two 54″ [137.16 cm] and two 20-1/2″ [52.07 cm] frame members from 1″×3″×6′s [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m]. Finish-sand the strips and frame members, and then vacuum clean. Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22″×54″ [55.88 cm x 137.160 cm] frame. Stain the frame and both sides of the plywood; let dry.

Select the best strip faces for the front of the headboard. Lay out two long strips front-face up. Lay three short strips, front-face up, on top of the long ones, one at each end to form a rectangle and one centred between the end strips. Lay the remaining long strip on the short strips, centred between the other long strips. Separate the strips where they overlap at the perimeter, apply glue to one surface, and lay the strips together. Do not glue the interior overlaps. Check for square and weight the glued overlaps for 24 hours.

Weave the two remaining short strips; glue only at the ends and apply weight. Let dry; flip headboard over.

Cut two 2-1/2″×12″ [6.35 cm x 30.48 cm] and two 2-1/2″×18″ [6.35 cm x 45.72 cm] plywood spacer strips to provide a flat surface for gluing the frame to the headboard. Glue one spacer to the centre of each long perimeter strip between the short strips and one to each short perimeter strip between the long perimeter strips. Glue and weight the frame, centred, to the back of the headboard. Apply satin polyurethane. Attach D-ring hangers to the top of the frame, approximately one-third the frame length in from each end, and hang using drywall anchors where needed.

FULL SIZE INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut plywood into three 9″×58″ [22.86 cm x 147.32 cm] strips and five 9″×31″ [22.86 cm x 78.74 cm] strips with the grain running in the long dimension of the strips. Cut two 48″ [121.92 cm] and two 20-1/2″ [52.07 cm] frame members from 1″×3″×6′s [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m]. Finish-sand the strips and frame members, and then vacuum clean. Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22″×48″ [55.88 cm x 121.92 cm] frame. Stain the frame and both sides of the plywood; let dry.

Select the best strip faces for the front of the headboard. Lay out two long strips front-face up. Lay three short strips, front-face up, on top of the long ones, one at each end to form a rectangle and one centred between the end strips. Lay the remaining long strip on the short strips, centred between the other long strips. Separate the strips where they overlap at the perimeter, apply glue to one surface, and lay the strips together. Do not glue the interior overlaps. Check for square and weight the glued overlaps for 24 hours.

Weave the two remaining short strips; glue only at the ends and apply weight. Let dry; flip headboard over.

Cut two 2-1/2″×12″ [6.35 cm x 30.48 cm] and two 2-1/2″×15″ [6.35 cm x 38.1 cm] plywood spacer strips to provide a flat surface for gluing the frame to the headboard. Glue one spacer to the centre of each long perimeter strip between the short strips and one to each short perimeter strip between the long perimeter strips. Glue and weight the frame, centred, to the back of the headboard. Apply satin polyurethane. Attach D-ring hangers to the top of the frame, approximately one-third the frame length in from each end, and hang using drywall anchors where needed.

TWIN SIZE INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut plywood into three 9″×45″ [22.86 cm x 114.3 cm] strips and five 6-1/2″×31″ [16.51 cm x 78.74 cm] strips with the grain running in the long dimension of the strips. Cut two 33″ [83.82 cm] and two 20-1/2″ [52.07 cm] frame members from 1″×3″×6′s [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m]. Finish-sand the strips and frame members, and then vacuum clean. Butt-join the frame members, screwing them at the corners for a 22″×33″ [55.88 cm x 83.82 cm] frame. Stain the frame and both sides of the plywood; let dry.

Select the best strip faces for the front of the headboard. Lay out two long strips front-face up. Lay three short strips, front-face up, on top of the long ones, one at each end to form a rectangle and one centred between the end strips. Lay the remaining long strip on the short strips, centred between the other long strips. Separate the strips where they overlap at the perimeter, apply glue to one surface, and lay the strips together. Do not glue the interior overlaps. Check for square and weight the glued overlaps for 24 hours.

Weave the two remaining short strips; glue only at the ends and apply weight. Let dry; flip headboard over.

Cut four 2-1/2″×12″ [6.35 cm x 30.48 cm] plywood spacer strips to provide a flat surface for gluing the frame to the headboard. Glue one spacer to the centre of each long perimeter strip between the short strips and one to each short perimeter strip between the long perimeter strips. Glue and weight the frame, centred, to the back of the headboard. Apply satin polyurethane. Attach D-ring hangers to the top of the frame, approximately 1/3 the frame length in from each end, and hang using drywall anchors where needed.

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill level: Intermediate

Time estimate: 1 weekend

Tools:

  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Table saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tape measure
  • T-square or carpenter’s square

Project resources:
Cutting Diagrams

KING SIZE

Estimated cost: $74*

Get it at Lowe’s**:

  • 1/4″x4′x8′ [.64 cm x 1.22 m x 2.44 m] birch plywood (#12268 or #118486) (2 sheets)
  • 3 – 1″x3″x6′ [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m] choice whitewood boards (#933)
  • Titebond wood glue (#86091)
  • 1 quart [946 mL] Minwax fast-drying satin polyurethane, Clear Satin (#45862)
  • 2 – ½ [236 mL] pints Minwax wood finish, English Chestnut (#74469)
  • 2″ [5.08 cm] flat Phillips wood screws
  • D-ring hangers (#264577)

QUEEN SIZE

Estimated cost: $54*

Get it at Lowe’s **:

  • 1/4″x4′x8′ [.64 cm x 1.22 m x 2.44 m] birch plywood (#12268 or #118486)
  • 3 – 1″x3″x6′ [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m] choice whitewood boards (#933)
  • Titebond wood glue (#86091)
  • 1 quart [946 mL] Minwax fast-drying polyurethane, Clear Satin (#45862)
  • 2 – 1/2 [236 mL] pints Minwax wood finish, English Chestnut (#74469)
  • 2″ [5.08 cm] flat Phillips wood screws
  • D-ring hangers (#264577)

FULL SIZE

Estimated cost: $52*

Get it at Lowe’s **:

  • 1/4″x4′x8′ [.64 cm x 1.22 m x 2.44 m] birch plywood (#12268 or #118486)
  • 2 – 1″x3″x6′ [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m] choice whitewood boards (#933)
  • Titebond wood glue (#86091)
  • 1 quart [946 mL] Minwax fast-drying polyurethane, Clear Satin (#45862)
  • 2 – 1/2 [236 mL] pints Minwax wood finish, English Chestnut (#74469)
  • 2″ [5.08] flat Phillips wood screws
  • D-ring hangers (#264577)

TWIN SIZE

Estimated cost: $52*

Get it at Lowe’s **:

  • 1/4″x4′x8′ [.64 cm x 1.22 m x 2.44 m] birch plywood (#12268 or #118486)
  • 2 – 1″x3″x6′ [2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.83 m] choice whitewood boards (#933)
  • Titebond wood glue (#86091)
  • 1 quart [946 mL] Minwax fast-drying polyurethane, Clear Satin (#45862)
  • 2 – 1/2 [236 mL] pints Minwax wood finish, English Chestnut (#74469)
  • 2″ [5.08] flat Phillips wood screws
  • D-ring hangers (#264577)

*Does not include taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools. Pricing for commodity items may vary due to market conditions. **Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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