DIY Cheap and Easy £5 wooden Headboard

Hi guys! Happy Sunday - if you watched my Instagram stories i mentioned that i am building a headboard and will post a very easy tutorial. So here it is - my daughter " new-old" headboard done for a grand total of £5 - why was it so cheap you might wonder - i used bed slats that i have picked up on GUMTREEfor a £5 and rest of the materials i had at home ( because i am a hoarder of things i " might need later on " ;)
If you if you don't have anything - the cost of wood and wood stain would be around £30 (providing you have a back board - if not hit your local IKEA , free cycle pages or skips for any piece of mdf , chip board , furniture board etc - our local IKEA often leaves "broken" pieces of furniture outside for people to take - i am quite sure yours might do it too)

List of supplies : 

  • headboard wall fixing brakes - i love those are you basically slide headboard in
  •  backboard - mdf, chip board , furniture thicker board or simply re use your old headboard like i did
  • - wood - i used bed slats but in Wickes , homebse or B&Q you can get rough sawn timber , or plain timber in a width of your choice quite cheap , or better use a pallet wood - as wood does not need to be thick
  • - sanding paper or a sander
  • - mitre box and saw - you can use a had one or electric sliding compound mitre saw 
  • - "no nails" adhesive i used 2 tubes bought ages ago i think in b&m for something like a £1
  • -caulk"gun"
  • - pencil
  • - measuring tape
  • - spirit level
  • wood stain - i chose wilko oak £4.99
  • you can also get angle finder to check that your pieces of wood are at 45 degree angle( ebay is super cheap for those)
  • hammer
  • nails - tack nails

How to ( with less than desirable photos courtesy of Mr. Grumpy)

1-   On a board that you be using as a backing ( depending on a shape )

  • if its square - draw a line from one corner to another -do this to both corners , one from half of the board top to bottom and side to side( to determinate where the half is -measure the length of the board and divide the measurement by half- and you got your "half") in a place where all your lines cross you be laying your first planks of wood
  • if its rectangle - like mine was - don't bother with corner to corner lines as when you line your wood it will not be resting exactly on a line that's going from corner to corner - i only drew it for the purpose of this tutorial )  -draw only a line going though the halaf of the board top to bottom and side to side -  in a place where all your lines cross you be laying your first planks of wood
    can you see all my lines and how they cross ?

    can you see all my lines and how they cross ?

    2 - measure a distance from the center to a nearest end of the board at a 45 degree angle (V shape) ( and allow few cm extra just to be sure )
    cut your first 2 pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle to do this :

    • If you are using a a compound Mistre saw  then just set the dial to 45 degrees
    • if you are using ahand saw and mitre box- click here for a "blonde set up"  -

    You can cut all pieces same way and just turn them on the other side - you will have 45 degree angle either way ;)
    Once you got your 2 pieces "join them " right where the center lines cross - just like i did so they form a V shape and repeat the step directly above so you get 2 v shapes facing in opposite directions

    3 -Once you got your 2 V's - they will be your main starting points - you can now use an adhesive if you like and "glue them in" - or if you are not 100% sure just wait till you cut and test lay all other pieces

    see the 2 V shapes ? - that is what i meant

    see the 2 V shapes ? - that is what i meant

    4 - slowly start cutting and filling the space around with wood pieces-to save wood i first started on the biggest pieces and saved any off cuts so i could later fill the smaller v shapes like in the photo below - i was simply going around the whole boardlaying wood from biggest pieces down to smaller ones ;)

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    5 - You know when you are finished when your peace looks like the one in the image below- if you haven't applied adhesive yet now its time to start applying it (look image under point 3 for guide) - if you already done it start banging nails in.  I added 2 on every piece of wood - in longer pieces of wood - i hammered one extra in the middle

    6 -we are almost here guys :) - now it is time to trim of the execs of wood sticking out- use your hand saw(or electric saw ) and put some elbow grease into it :) - the easiest way to do it is laying the board other way around so you can clearly see the backboard
    PS - see this beautifull and straight sewn off part - let me assure you other sides are not that pretty ;)
    Then start sanding down the whole lot - if your wood is already smooth- if it is just sand down any rough edges

    7 - Now it is time to add your trim nothing fancy or as fancy as you like - trim it accordingly to the size of your headboard - add some adhesive and hammer few nails in

    8 -The fun part starts here - stain your headboard with your chosen shade and attach wall brackets wait for stain to dry and you are all done

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    Thank You for taking your time to read my toturial hope you found it helpful - let me know if you need any more information and i will respond as soon as i can - alternatively feel free to dm me on my instagram x
    love Pati x

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