DIY Minimalist Headboard

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When it comes to bedroom furniture I am probably one of the most indecisive people there are. So much so that when it came to ordering a new bed, I insisted we stay away from the luxe sleigh type bed that Max had his heart set on and instead went for the most boring, simple divan base you can find. Doesn't scream interior design does it? But, there was method behind the madness. For someone as indecisive as I, the idea of committing to a large, bulky sleigh bed was terrifying. I tried to convince Max for months that we needed 'The metal bed frame' I'd been lusting over. It was simple in design but still had some show to it. Fast forward 3 months and I'd totally changed my mind. This time to a plus velvet chesterfield style headboard. Problem was I couldn't find one that looked the part but fit into the budget.

There was another problem looming too. I recently papered the wall with a gorgeous raw concrete style wallpaper which I'm still obsessed with but I cant bring myself to put anything on the wall because that means having to hammer nails through said wallpaper. 

So, whilst pondering on other headboard options I started googling 'minimal headboards' and saw a bunch I loved, all of course either not for sale or only available outside the U.K. so that meant it was time to get creative.

I decided on the idea of a headboard that was so minimal and simplistic in design that it was almost none existent. Something that served a purpose but didn't intrude or make much of a statement (contradicts the velvet chesterfield headboard idea, ey?). So, I came up with the idea to make one out of a couple pieces of wood and a sheet of MDF.

It was shockingly easy to make, took all of about 20 minutes to do and I could not be more happy with the result.

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First, I measured the width of the bed and then how tall i wanted the headboard to stand. I took these measurements to our local timber yard where they cut a sheet of 18mm MDF down to size. It cost £22.00. Bargain! Just to add however, we carried the sheet back to the car and the bugger didn't fit in the boot. I tried shouting, swearing, even reasoning with the sheet but nothing was working so to hide away from my embarrassing mis-calculation, I sent Max back in to ask them to trim another couple centimetres off the top. Thankfully it didn't make any difference to the overall look I wanted. Anyway, I digress.

The headboard piece cut to size

The headboard piece cut to size

We got the large sheet of MDF home and up into the bedroom. I cut two pieces of 2x4's down to the width of the headboard and screwed them into place. One sits flush along the top of the headboard, and the other about a foot from the bottom, just to give it some support.

Back supports screwed into place

Back supports screwed into place

To nail them together for extra strength I used veneer pins. I love these little guys, they hammer in and leave virtually no mark at all so you don't have to fill the holes to leave a seamless finish.

All hail veneer pins!!

All hail veneer pins!!

After that i stood the Headboard up against the wall, got it in place and used two L brackets to secure it to the wall. This part was worrying re. concrete wallpaper, however they are well hidden and do the job so it was fine.

L Brackets to secure the headboard to the wall

L Brackets to secure the headboard to the wall

After that, all that was left was to paint it. I went with a grey that blended with the wallpaper to keep in with the minimal look I was going for. I just used a standard wall emulsion to paint it but the ideal paint to use would be eggshell to keep it very hardwearing. Thankfully, the emulsion is holding up brilliant so I guess its down to personal preference.

paint going on!

paint going on!

The most fun part about this headboard is that, because it has a shelf running all the way aloing the top, it offers endless styling opportunities without having to put a single nail in the wall. 

So thats it, a super minimalist headboard in 20 minutes from less that £25.00 all in.

Hope you're all well! Till next time, JT. 

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