Create a charming flea market-inspired headboard from a few lumber supplies and a vintage quilt. This step-by-step shows you how.

June 09, 2015

What You Need


  • 1/2-inch plywood cut to the bed's width
  • Quilt that will fit the plywood
  • Two 4x4s for bedposts
  • Two decorative finials to top bedposts
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws and drywall screws
  • Two 1x2s, cut the same length as the plywood's shorter sides
  • Primer and paint, plus brushes
  • Staples for staple gun


  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Table saw or compound miter saw
  • Power drill
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

How to Make It

1. Cut an arch across the top of the plywood with a jigsaw. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.

2. For the bedposts, use the table saw to cut the 4x4s to the desired height, and top them with finials; use wood glue to secure them. On one long side of each 4x4, nail or screw a 1x2 the same length as the short sides of the plywood.

3. With the plywood facedown on a flat surface, set the posts on either side with the 1x2s overlapping the back of the plywood. Screw through the 1x2s into the headboard to secure.

4. Prime the piece; let dry. Then paint the piece; let dry.

5. Lay the quilt, right side down, on a flat surface. Trim it horizontally to fit the plywood if necessary. Place the headboard on top of it, then wrap the quilt around the arch, stapling to secure it to the back of the plywood.

6. Place the headboard against the wall, and either brace it with the bed or secure it to the wall with long drywall screws.

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