How to Make a Headboard from Wood Blocks

Want to save money on your next bedroom makeover? Check out how to make an awesome statement piece for your bedroom.

Making your own headboard will score you some serious style points—without putting a big dent in your wallet. This DIY block headboard made from 1-inch-thick slices of 4x4-inch wood posts is the perfect statement piece for your bedroom. The wood brings in a natural element as a subtle design is formed from the wood grain pattern. We made ours for a queen-size bed, but this project can accommodate any size mattress. Check out our steps below to see how to make your own. 

What You Need

  • Three 4"x4"x8' cedar posts
  • Chop saw
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 quart clear stain
  • Clean cloth
  • 1/2" MDF 4'x8'
  • Construction adhesive
  • Metal cleat
  • Screws to attach cleats

Step 1: Cut Wood

Cut 4x4-inch wood posts into 1-inch-thick pieces using chop saw. If you cut all three posts, you will be left with more slices than you need, but this gives you the option to choose which slices you like best. Lightly sand edges. 

Step 2: Stain Wood

Stain wood slices according to manufacturer's directions, and let dry. 

Step 3: Arrange Slices

Arrange slices in desired pattern on sheet of MDF. Play around with the arrangement of the wood slices to discover patterns that can be made. We opted for a serpentine look, but you could choose from rings, vertical, horizontal, or diagonal patterns.

Once pieces are laid out to your satisfaction, measure the height and width. Cut the MDF backing 1 inch smaller on all sides. 

Step 4: Adhere Slices

Use construction adhesive to secure wood slices in place on the MDF, allowing a 1-inch overhang. Let dry overnight.

Step 5: Attach Cleat and Hang

Screw half of the metal cleat to back of headboard and attach other half to wall. Make sure it's installed into studs—use a stud finder to make this easier. Hang headboard on wall.

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