This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in July 2012.
If you’re looking to change the look of your bedroom easily, consider a new headboard. Whether it’s salvaged and refinished, or designed to incorporate your favorite statement-making fabric, updating your headboard can immediately personalize your bedroom. DIY Network has a great gallery of creative options for you to check out, and today I’m supplementing its collection with a headboard of my own.
During the course of updating my own home, I designed and installed a wall treatment that would help to anchor my bed in an unlikely spot: directly beneath the window. Using the window unconventionally over the bed made a better use of the space in my room, and also gave me the opportunity to embrace the entire wall as part of the headboard, creating a unique focal point.
Keep on reading to learn about how this headboard was developed!
My headboard has was completed in two stages: First, I stained and installed a shiplap paneled wall that extends left-to-right, floor-to-ceiling. Later, I decided that I could add another layer of frosting to the shiplap cake in the form of handmade wooden hexagonal panels, accenting the detail that I already loved and adding a little something extra to define the bed’s position in the room.
The materials needed were minimal, and because I owned the tools, the project cost less than <$120:
- 1x8x8 pine shiplap board (I bought mine at Lowe’s for about $1/linear foot, but find it hard to buy elsewhere)
- 1x2x8 pine boards for the hexagon accent design
- Nail gun and nails (I used a pancake compressor and 1-5/8″ nails)
- Wood glue (for hexagon panels)
- Stain (optional)
The shiplap itself is easy to install, and good for instant impact.
The extra detailing that I added in the form of the hexagon panels not only added a little extra character to the space, it also defined the wall further as a headboard.
I had a lot to say when it comes to designing this headboard: