We've never seen a headboard as elegant as this...and we made it ourselves! Learn how you can, too.

By Hannah Bruneman
June 14, 2017

One of the easiest ways to dress up your bedroom is with a stunning headboard. Unfortunately, that doesn't always come cheap. Save money and get exactly the look you want by making your own! We used vinyl ceiling panels to create this elegant piece fit for a queen. Once you see how easy this is, you'll want to make headboards for every room in the house!

What You Need

  • Plywood (size dependent on bed frame) 
  • Construction adhesive
  • 2-foot-square vinyl ceiling panels
  • Jigsaw
  • Semigloss latex paint
  • Wooden cleat (optional)

Step 1: Cut Plywood

Cut plywood to the desired size. Keep in mind that most headboards are up to 3 inches wider than the bed frame. Aim to get a headboard that is between 16 and 25 inches above the mattress. You will need to measure the bed with the mattress on it to get an accurate measurement for your custom headboard. 

Do not yet cut a decorative top into your headboard. 

Step 2: Attach Ceiling Panels

Use construction adhesive to secure 2-foot-square ceiling panels to the entire surface. Be sure edges align neatly for a clean look. It's OK to let tile hang off the plywood; this will be cut in Step 3. Let adhesive dry according to packaging.

Step 3: Cut Top Design

Use a jigsaw to cut the top of the board to your desired shape. You will be simultaneously cutting the plywood and the tile. We went with scooped corners, but you can choose a rounded top, a keystone design, beveled edges, and more. 

Also cut any overhanging tile on the sides of the headboard. 

Sand rough edges. 

Step 4: Paint

Paint the headboard desired color. We recommend using a semigloss latex paint for the best finish. 

When dry, prop the headboard on the floor behind the bed or hang using a wooden cleat. 


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