How to Build a Pottery Barn-Style Headboard for $50

Hi friends!
If you follow me on Facebook, you may know that I have been working on our queen-sized bed and headboard for a while.  Well today I am super excited to (finally) share the plans for the headboard with you!

Of all the DIY projects, DIY furniture has to be my favorite.  Labor intensive, yes, but well worth the effort!  Building your own furniture allows you to create the look you want, at a fraction of the cost.

Have you ever sat drooling over the Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware catalog thinking, “It’s gorgeous, but I will never be able to afford it”?  That’s the beauty of building your own furniture, and the project I am sharing today is no exception.Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

In case you missed it, I also shared my Pottery Barn style Farmhouse Dining table in this post.  It had over a year of constant use, and the table is holding up great.  It’s suuuuuupppperrrr sturdy (read: massively heavy and hard to move).  And I only spent about $100 on wood to build it!

When I was deciding what kind of headboard I wanted to build for our Farmhouse Storage Bed (post coming on this project), I knew I wanted a rustic, planked look.  I found some great free plans over at Ana-white.com, of course!  However her plans for the Reclaimed Wood Headboard weren’t exactly what I wanted, so I altered the plans a bit.  Hubby and I talked it over and we decided we wanted the planks to go vertical instead of horizontal, as seen the Ana’s plans.

I simply sketched out the design on graph paper, and then built the bed following the plans on Ana’s site.  The great thing about this headboard is you can build it for about $50!  The PB headboard that is similar sells for $800.  Have I convinced you to DIY yet???

Here is my sketch; just follow the diagram, cut list, and instructions provided below to build your own!Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

Cut List:

2 – 4×4 @ 54″ (legs)

2 – 1×4 @ 57″ (trim that goes horizontal across bottom and top of planks)

6 – 1×4 @ 32″ (A – planks)

4 – 1×6 @ 32″ (B – planks)

2 – 1×8 @ 32″ (C – planks)


Cut these top trim pieces to fit after you have constructed the headboard; the measurements given are approximate

1 – 2×4 @ 64 1/2″ (trim under top piece)

1 – 2×6 @ 66 1/2″ (trim top piece)

The dimensions of the headboard are 57″ tall by 66 1/2″ wide, so it should fit a queen-sized bed frame perfectly.

Construction:

I constructed the bed primarily using pocket holes made with my Kreg Jig.

After all your lumber is cut according to the cut list (except the top trim pieces), follow the steps below.

Instructions:

Step 1:

Construct the planked panels using pocket holes in one long side of each plank; be sure to drill pocket holes in the end pieces so you can attach them to the legs.  Line the planks up how you want them.  I inserted all the screws at once to make it a little faster.  Clamp each joint as you screw them together to make your life much easier. :)

Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

Step 2:

Attach the horizontal trim pieces to the front of the planks using 1 1/4″ finish nails or screws and glue.  I chose to screw it on from the back so I wouldn’t have to patch nail holes, as seen below.

Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

Step 3:

Attach the panel to the legs, making the top of the legs flush with the top of the panel, using your pocket holes.  You can use one of your 1 x’s to space the panel in the front.  Clamp all the boards before screwing together.

Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

Step 4:

Measure and attach the 1st top trim piece using glue and 3″ screws.

Step 5:

Measure top trim piece to be 2 inches longer than the width of the headboard.  Attach using 3″ screws and glue from top, leaving a 1″ overhang on all sides. You can use a carpenter’s square to measure the 1″ overhang.

Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

Step 6:

Fill holes, sand, and finish as desired

 My finish:

I used a custom stain blend for my headboard.  I wanted a dark, rustic stain, with a bit of a grey undertone to give it a more weathered feel.  Here’s how I did it:

First I applied Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, to insure my stain would go on (somewhat) evenly.  Next, I applied Minwax Classic Gray stain, wiping it off almost immediately.  I let that dry for about 30 minutes, then went back over it with Minwax Dark Walnut stain, using the same technique.  Wipe on, wipe off.  I sealed the stain with two coats of Minwax Finishing Wax.Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

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Building your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.comBuilding your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.comBuilding your own furniture is the best way to get the look you want on a budget. See how you can build a PB style headboard for about $50! Free plans at TheDomesticHeart.com

If you decide to build this headboard I would love to see it!  I think it would look adorable painted and distressed as well!  Thanks so much for reading this post.  If you enjoyed it, please pin and share with your friends!  Also, I am happy to answer any questions that may arise while building this.  :)

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Happy building!

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  1. says

    It looks so nice! Maybe I can get my husband to take care of this for me. We have been on the hunt for the prefect headboard and this would satisfy my need. looked in Pottery Barn but the head boards there cost me an arm and leg and it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
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  2. says

    Hi there,
    Do you by any chance have the dimensions of your potterybarn style headboard in a King? I really want to try to make it? I can do the math, but just wanted to see if you had the dimensions already?

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