Need a headboard for your bed on a budget? Make this reclaimed wood headboard with NEW or reclaimed wood for less than $50 and minimal DIY skills!

Okay, so truly this is a super easy project. Like almost 1, 2, 3 easy.


And it is a total cheat. It’s not reclaimed barn-board at all! Shhh. It uses all-new wood – or you could use cleaned-up pallet wood. Because let’s face it, reclaimed wood can’t always be found and may not be desirable to use on a headboard.

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Wood board headboard with new wood at our old house.

The only prep work is to decide how big to make the headboard. Since Dean and I had a queen bed each of the two times we built this headboard, we decided on five feet wide by almost six feet tall. That’s about the approximate width of the bed and slightly taller than the width for height.

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Wood headboard with pallet wood at our old house.

Wood Board Headboard Tutorial



Step 1: Decide where to put your headboard. Find the studs. Mark vertical lines with a pencil.

 Step 2: This is a headboard, people! Whether you use new wood or wood from pallets, after cutting PLEASE sand the boards. You don’t want any splinters or rough spots in your headboard!

Step 3: Starting at the bottom (@ baseboard or floor), screw the first board to the wall using the stud marks you made in Step 1. Continue stacking the boards one on top of the other and fastening in this way all the way to the top (last) board.

Step 4: In a well ventilated room, and perhaps wearing a mask (trust me, this stuff STINKS when wet!), rub the minwax stain into the wood.

Be careful to avoid the drywall around the headboard – tape it off with frog tape or slide a heavy piece of paper between headboard and wall as you stain.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post

I only needed to do one coat, but if you would like it darker feel free to stain again. We also stained this once it was on the wall and slept in another room for a couple of nights. FEEL FREE TO STAIN THE BOARDS AND LET THEM DRY FIRST!

See, didn’t I tell you it was easy?! 

And it was inexpensive! Here’s the approximate cost breakdown for NEW wood:

  • The wood was $2.97 per 8-foot length. That was the shortest the HD had. Times twelve boards = $36.
  • We had the stain. But if you were to buy it I think it’s about $9 for the small container. I used half that. Effectively $4.50.
  • I had to buy screws because somehow in our buckets of hardware, we had no 2″ flat head screws. Go figure. $6.

So for $46.50 (plus tax depending on where you live) – voila!!!!

masculine wood headboard

Any questions? What do you think of our Reclaimed Wood Look Headboard?