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

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Do you want an elegant, handmade, farmhouse headboard to rest your head when you are dozing in bed? 

Store-bought headboards are attractive but often expensive and very common in appearance. 

Building a headboard might be the best choice if you want something cheaper because you care about cost as much as aesthetics. 

Once you have an idea, building one is not difficult. Here’s how to build a pottery barn-style headboard without spending up to $50. 

Choose the wood to use for the base of the headboard. The first step is to look for a piece of reclaimed wood that is large enough. 

Take the measurements of the bed to find one that matches; better, a headboard that is flush with the width of the bed.

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.


Step 1

Build the plank panels by using pocket holes on the longer sides of the planks.

Drill some pocket holes in the planks’ end pieces so that you’ll be able to join them with the legs.

Then line your planks up and insert the screws. Clamp the joints together while screwing.

Step 2

Take 1¼ inch finish screws or nails and glue them and use them to join the front of your planks to the trim pieces. 

Step 3

Join the legs to the panel and make the panel top and the top of each leg flush using pocket holes. Clamp the boards before you screw them together. 

Step 4

Measure the first top trim piece and attach it using 3 inches screws and glue.

Step 5

Ensure the top trim piece is 2-inch longer than the headboard’s width.

Attach using glue and 3-inch screws from the top and leave a 1-inch overhang by the sides. Fill the holes and sand. 

Step 6

Fill the holes and sand. 

The Finished Work

Apply finish to the headboard using a custom stain blend.

To give the headboard a weathered feel, apply some dark rustic stain with a grey undertone.

The Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner was used in this case.

Then apply a gray stain and a dark walnut stain, wiping them off immediately in each case.

Have a super-duper creation!

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