15 DIY Wood Headboards

A herringbone wood DIY headboard


Add a whole new look to your bedroom with these free DIY wood headboard plans. They all use wood to create a rustic, modern, farmhouse, or classic headboard that will look great in your home. Many of these free plans also give you the option of using reclaimed wood to save money and get a unique look.

These headboard projects are great for beginners because they use standard materials with simple construction. All the plans include written step-by-step directions, color photos, diagrams, finishing suggestions, and more tips and tricks so you can customize them for your bed size.

If you'd like to find more woodworking projects similar to these, so you can build a dresser, desk, platform bed, coffee table, bookcase, or much more.

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    Reclaimed Wood Headboard

    A bed with a DIY wooden headboard painted in green

    cynthiaw/Meringue Designs

    This DIY wooden headboard project from Ana White uses reclaimed or new wood to create a headboard for any size of bed, including twin, double, queen, and king.

    This project will only take you an afternoon and can be a great budget project if you use reclaimed wood.

    The free plan is comprised of a shopping list, tool list, cut list, general instructions, diagrams, color photos, and lots of useful tips and tricks.

    Reclaimed Wood Headboard from Ana White

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    Herringbone Wood Headboard

    A herringbone wood DIY headboard

    I Spy DIY

    This DIY headboard project will only cost you $150 but looks like it cost so much more.

    Cedar is cut and placed in a herringbone pattern with stain being used to create the contrast seen here.

    This free plan includes a supply and tool list, a cut list, step-by-step directions, and color photos.

    Herringbone Wood Headboard from I Spy DIY

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    Custom Headboard

    A chevron custom DIY headboard

    Lowe's Home Improvement

    Rustic meets modern with this custom headboard project that uses a unique pattern to create chevrons that will make your bed the central focal point of the room.

    A tools and materials list will get you started, the building directions will help you get it done, and the hanging directions will make sure it ends up looking great up above your bed.

    DIY Custom Headboard from Lowe's Home Improvement

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    Wood Round Headboard

    A headboard made of wood slices

    The White Buffalo Styling Co.

    You can't get any more rustic than with this DIY headboard project designed by The White Buffalo Styling Co. Although it's in no doubt rustic, it also has a very clean look to it making it a perfect pick for just about any style of home.

    Plywood, 2X4's, and wood rounds make up this headboard. It's a simple plan that shows you how to put the frame together and arrange the wood rounds.

    Wood Round Headboard from The White Buffalo Styling Co.

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    Barn Door Headboard

    A DIY headboard that looks like a barn door

    Shanty 2 Chic

    Barn doors have never been as popular as they are now, and with this free headboard plan from Shanty2Chic you make it look like you have one hanging above your bed.

    This is an easy beginner woodworking project and budget friendly too, it only cost about $60 in materials. 

    The free plan includes lots of color photos and written directions. It also includes finishing directions.

    Barn Door Headboard from Shanty2Chic

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    Curvy Reclaimed Wood Headboard

    A curved wooden headboard


    Reclaimed fence posts have been used to create this DIY headboard from Remodelaholic but you could certainly use new wood if you wanted to.

    This free plan includes lots of photos and step-by-step directions to help you build it.

    Curvy Reclaimed Wood Headboard from Remodelaholic

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    Mid Century Modern DIY Headboard

    A mid-century modern DIY bed in a bedroom

    DIY Candy

    DIY Candy has created a plan to help you build a unique headboard in a mid-century modern style. Stacked and glued wood pieces give this headboard its unique mosaic style.

    There are written directions, color photos, plus tools and hardware and cut lists to make sure you're all ready to get building.

    Mid Century Modern DIY Headboard from DIY Candy

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    Reclaimed Wood Headboard

    A close-up of a DIY headboard

    Mr. Kate

    Mr. Kate has directions on how to build a complete reclaimed wood platform bed but you can certainly build only the headboard if you'd like.

    Step-by-step building instructions will help you build this queen sized bed headboard but with a few calculations, you can easily change the size so it will fit your bed.

    Reclaimed Wood Headboard from Mr. Kate

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    Plank Headboard Wall

    A colorful wooden DIY headboard


    Make a big statement in a bedroom with this colorful and rustic plank headboard that takes up the whole wall above your bed.

    Remodelaholic has created this free DIY wood headboard project that uses 2x4's and paint samples for a quick and affordable project. You can choose whatever paint colors you want to get a whole new look.

    Colorful Plank Headboard Wall from Remodelaholic

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    Reclaimed Look Wooden Headboard

    A wooden DIY headboard with a "love" banner

    Home Made Lovely

    Go for a rustic chic look with this free DIY wooden headboard project from AKA Design.

    This project uses new wood that is distressed to make it look like reclaimed wood. It will take you an afternoon and cost around $50 to make.

    There's a supplies list, building instructions, and finishing directions all with color photos to help you along the way.

    Reclaimed Look Wooden Headboard from Home Made Lovely

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    Textured Headboard

    A close-up of a textured wood headboard

    Hazel and Gold Designs

    If you're looking for a headboard that is truly unique, this one from Hazel and Gold Designs may be just the one you're looking for.

    It may look complex, but this is actually a simple project that uses plywood and wooden shims to create the look.

    The plan for this also includes how to build a matching footboard.

    Textured Headboard from Hazel and Gold Designs

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    Storage Headboard Plan

    A storage headboard

    Build Something

    Build Something has a free DIY wood headboard plan that includes written building steps, a tools list, a materials list, and parts/cuts list, and diagrams.

    This 7-piece headboard is easy to build and will give you extra storage space in your bedroom.

    This is a classic design that can go with just about any style that you like. 

    Storage Headboard Plan from Build Something

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    Easy and Beautiful Wood DIY Headboard

    A wooden headboard with a plant beside it

    A Piece of Rainbow

    A Piece of Rainbow has designed this lovely wooden headboard that's freestanding, so it can go with any bed that you already have. If you need a bed plan as well, there is a DIY bed frame with headboard plan that will get you the same look.

    This DIY wood headboard plan includes a materials and tools list, diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and color photos. There's also a lot of information on natural finishes and whitewashed finishes using paint.

    The plan is for building a headboard for a queen sized bed, but there are also modifications if you'd like to build is for a King or Twin bed.

    Easy and Beautiful Wood DIY Headboard from A Piece of Rainbow

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    DIY Wood Slat Headboard

    A slat wooden headboard above a bed
    The Merrythought

    This modern DIY wood slat headboard is definitely a plan you'll want to check out. Furring strips make it a budget-friendly project and makes it a perfect choice for a modern bedroom. Included in this plan is a video that takes you step-by-step through the building process.

    DIY Wood Slat Headboard from The Merrythought

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    Rustic Wood Headboard Plan

    A wooden headboard on a made-up bed

    DIY Network

    DIY Network has a free headboard plan that's geared towards the new woodworker and it can be completed for less than $100.

    The full plan includes a tools list, materials list, cut list, step-by-step building instructions with diagrams, and finishing instructions. 

    Rustic Wood Headboard Plan from DIY Network