DIY Wood Slat Headboard

by Crafty Lumberjacks

Let’s face it, most bedrooms are hidden from any visitors and sometimes neglected. Because we live in a one bedroom apartment in Queens, the bedroom always becomes additional hanging space when we host but honestly, we haven’t done much to the bedroom since we moved in…7 years ago! It was time to do a mini makeover!

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We created an easy slat headboard using pre-cut pine wood boards from Home Depot!

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It was pretty easy to put it all together and we we’re able to screw it right into our bed frame!


  • Sandpaper 120-grit & 220-grit sandpaper

  • 1-1/4” flathead screws

  • Pre-stain wood conditioner

  • Stain

  • Polyurethane

Cut List: (standard queen size bed)

Front Slats:

  1. Pine Wood Board (3): 0.75” x 4.5” x 6’

  2. Pine Wood Board (2) 0.75” x 7.25” x 6’

Back Legs & Support:

  1. Pine Wood Board (3): 0.75” x 3.50” x 4’

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The whole tutorial is on HGTV Handmade but basically, you screw all the pieces into 2 back legs and one support in the center!

Watch it all come together in the video!

If you’re looking for even more headboard ideas, maybe for the guest room or the kid’s room, there are numerous plans available online, with everything from wood to upholstered to upcycled options. Skip the big box stores and save some cash with these DIY headboard ideas!


Benita May 27, 2019 - 9:50 pm

Hi guys! I love this project and will be featuring it this evening on Celebrate Your Story! We go live at 7:00 p.m. CST. Thank you so much for sharing with us and I hope you will do so again!

Crafty Lumberjacks May 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Yay! Thank you so much!

Sam - Raggedy Bits May 28, 2019 - 11:37 pm

Absolutely LOVE this project to bits! Such a fun way to add some texture to a plane wall and dress up your bed!

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous headboard with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

Keegan March 22, 2020 - 6:58 pm

Did you attach it to the bed or wall somehow? Or does it just get sandwiched between?

Crafty Lumberjacks March 23, 2020 - 2:37 am

Hey! Our bed frame had pre-drilled holes for a headboard, so we lined it up with that and just screwed them to together. Hope that helps!

Julie April 10, 2020 - 8:59 pm

Hey! I love this and am going to attempt my own ? what color stain did you use?

Crafty Lumberjacks April 13, 2020 - 7:41 pm

Yessss!!!! Let us know how it turns out! Honestly, don’t remember the stain…maybe a maple or cherry?!?! If we find it, we’ll let you know! Keep us posted!

Rachel September 3, 2021 - 7:02 am

Great video and a very attractive headboard.

Crafty Lumberjacks September 4, 2021 - 2:08 am

Thank you! It’s one of our favorite projects!

Heather September 11, 2021 - 3:19 pm

Just LOVE this! I’m now on a mission to persuade my other half to give it a go! Wish me luck!

Michele September 21, 2021 - 1:54 am

LOVE! It looks so good and I want to make one! How can I make it if I don’t have a bedframe that attaches to it?

Suzanne October 10, 2021 - 12:57 am

I’m doing this for my bedroom and thinking about making it go up the wall a bit more as a statement. Did you measure for a queen size bed?

Heather January 2, 2022 - 9:25 pm

Do you have measurements for a king size headboard? I have been looking all over for something I could make for our master. I love this style!

Crafty Lumberjacks January 3, 2022 - 10:51 pm

Ah! We don’t but it should be pretty easy to adjust based on your bed! Sorry we’re no help! Haha, it’s one of our favorite projects we made and we’re still so in love with it! Keep us posted!

Debra June 10, 2023 - 2:28 am

I’m going to attempt a king headboard like this any suggestions


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