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How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Headboard With New Wood For Less Than $50

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

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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. Because let’s face it, reclaimed wood can’t always be found and may not be desirable to use on a headboard.

The only prep work is to decide how big to make the headboard. Since we have a queen bed, 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.

Make Your Own Reclaimed Wood Headboard with New Wood! 

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

 Step 2: Sand rough spots and edges off of the boards. This is a headboard, people!

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. 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!

Add a few embellishments if desired, like the love banner below.  

See, didn’t I tell you it was easy?! 

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

  • 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!!!!

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

PS. We loved the look of this headboard so much that we recreated it when we moved into our current house too! See it here.

Make Your Own Reclaimed Wood Headboard With NEW Wood

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    1. In many cases, yes. And in fact we did paint the wood before-hand at our current house’s bedroom. But at the old house, there was no room to lay out all the boards and the weather was bad. So on the wall it was!

  1. I love it, but I have a small bedroom, and unfortunately, in order to fit everything in our room, we have to butt the head of our bed against a window. So no place to nail a headboard to the wall.

  2. I just discovered your blog from Ana White’s site and I am totally addicted! With six kids our bedroom is pretty far from a “master”, more like the dumping ground for all the stuff that has nowhere else to go. I have printed off several bed/headboard plans for my husband (hint, hint) and so far still nothing but an old metal frame. This, however, looks like a project I could do myself. It’s like a giant version of some wall décor that I have made using furring strips to hold the wood together. Our bed must be in front of a window, do you think I could attach the boards to vertical pieces of wood rather than to a wall? I absolutely love your headboard and you are just brilliant to have come up with a simple yet awesome headboard.

    1. Thanks for answering! I am so excited…our 16th wedding anniversary is next month–to have an actual headboard after all this time, woo hoo!

  3. I was wondering if it would work to mount the wood onto 2×4 and then hang on wall rather than drilling holes into the wall?

  4. Love this and it was so easy. The only thing is I couldn’t imagine staining it while it was up. I stained it and left it outside for a couple days and it still left a stain odor in our room for awhile. Anyway thank you so much I love how it turned out. No I am searching for the right pillows and comforter. Monogrammed the headboard with our last name initial in the middle, mine on my side and his on his side. It is still in the chalk stage. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. Have you ever painted pallets I’m making a pallet headboard I’ve already sanded it just not know what kind of paint to paint it with anything you could help me with would be highly appreciated