You’ll be amazed at how this scalloped headboard will make your bedroom feel more spacious. Just follow these instructions to build your new headboard. Here’s the tutorial for this DIY headboard project. You can download and print the instructions, too.
Skill Level: Advanced
Time: 8 hours
Cost: Less than $100
Tools and Materials
- 1 4×8 foot piece of cabinet grade plywood cut to the width of the bed
- Metallic paint
- 2 1×4 pieces of wood
- 4 1/2-inch wood screws
- Tape meausure
- Painters tape
- Jig saw
Cut your headboard to the width of your bed. Then, measure lengthwise and mark the center of your headboard.
Standard bed width measurements:
- Twin: 39 inches
- Full: 54 inches
- Queen: 60 inches
- King: 76 inches
Pick one of the top corners, and mark a spot. Measure 24 inches down from that corner.
Go to the center mark at the top of your headboard and measure down 10 inches. This is going to be the center of the arc.
Tie a piece of string to a pencil and hold the string down where you just made the 10-inch mark. Then, starting at the center mark, draw a semi-circle.
Starting at the end of your semi-circle, draw a 5-inch straight line toward the side of your plywood.
Now you are going to make an arc that is reversed from the first arc. Hold the string attached to the pencil at the top of the plywood. Draw an arc from the end of the straight line to the 24-inch mark on the side.
Using a jigsaw, cut out the design on half of the headboard.
Make a cardboard template from your cuts and trace it on the other side, so it will match.
Add two 1×4-inch legs to the back of your headboard to achieve your desired finished height.
Paint the headboard all over, then tape off a 3-inch border, and paint the border with metallic paint.
Install the headboard on your bed.
Download printable instructions for this DIY headboard project and get started!
And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.