Since we’re in the process of selling our first house, one of the things we were in dire need of was a headboard for our master bedroom. So, instead of buying one, the wife suggested that we make one…by ourselves! After searching Pinterest, my wife was able to find some great information on how to make a headboard out of plywood. So, we decided to dive in without knowing much of anything. Fortunately for us, things turned out great and it was WAY EASIER than I ever thought it would be. We spent a little more money than I would have liked, but I think it was worth it!
1. 3/4″ Plywood, Cut to Size
In some of the ‘how to make a headboard’ posts, it was suggested we use 1/2″ plywood, but I found that those pieces were too warped (they bent and were not straight pieces of wood). So, I suggest to go a step above that and try 3/4″ plywood.
The cut of plywood will be based on the size of your bed. We have a queen-sized bed, and decided to have the headboard run about 3′ above the bed while 6″ remained below the mattress (so we didn’t run it all the way to the floor). Overall, our cut of plywood was 62″ x 45″
2. Staple Gun
Knowing that I’m not handy, this was something we had to buy. At least I have one now!
3. Box Cutter
You’ll need this to cut the foam down to the exact size of the plywood.
4. 1 1/2″ or 2″ Foam, Enough to Cover Entire Plywood
We found foam at JOANN’s Fabrics in long, 6′ sections that needed to be cut down to size (which they did there). We also searched Hobby Lobby but weren’t totally pumped with their selection of fabric.
If you’re going to make a headboard on your own, let me warn you that FOAM IS EXPENSIVE! I was absolutely floored when I saw the price and it was hands-down the most expensive part of this project.
To save some money, consider going with a smaller size of foam (maybe 1″ or 1 1/2″) and make sure you don’t go overboard on the overall size of your headboard. Every inch you can reduce in size will save you some money (on plywood, foam, and fabric)!
Before embarking on this DIY project I’d suggest that you check your local newspaper and FIND A COUPON to JOANN or Hobby Lobby. We were able to save $60 on foam by scouring for a 50% off coupon!
If you don’t have a coupon then making a headboard with plywood wouldn’t be any cheaper than buying one that was manufactured.
5. Fabric of Your Choice
As with the foam, I’d suggest you do all you can to find a coupon for that as well — you might have to make two separate trips to the fabric store (one for the foam, one for the fabric), but it will be worth it!
After you’ve found the fabric that best suites your needs, get it cut at least an extra 6-8″ wider AND taller than your plywood. Don’t make the mistake of cutting your fabric the same size of your plywood. It’s easy to forget that you need extra fabric to cover the 2″ foam and 3/4″ plywood!
6. “Cleat(s)” or Hanger(s) to Hang the Headboard
We found the “hangman” cleats at Home Depot and they’ve worked GREAT (see picture)!
7. Spray Adhesive
Here’s a picture of all of the materials you’ll need to make a headboard with plywood:
1. If the foam wasn’t perfectly cut to the size of the plywood, then use the box cutter to take the foam down to size.
2. Spray plywood with adhesive and press on foam. We laid the plywood in our yard and sat on the foam for a few minutes as we allowed the adhesive to dry.
3. Stretch fabric over foam/plywood and staple the excess to the back of the plywood. Before stapling one side, make sure there is enough fabric hanging over each side of the plywood (you don’t want to leave yourself short on one end!).
4. Hang the “cleat(s)” on the wall.
5. Screw the other part to the back of the headboard.
6. Hang the headboard on the wall!
7. Enjoy your newly finished headboard and the feel it brings to your room!
Well, I hope you now know how to make a headboard out of plywood! I was shocked as to how easy it was.
Despite never having done a “DIY” project, this was a breeze. All-in-all I’d say it took about 15 minutes to make the headboard and another 20 minutes to set the cleats and get it hung.
Overall, we ended up spending around $115 on the project but we would have been able to save more if (1) we had previously owned a staple gun and (2) if we would have gone with 1 1/2″ foam instead of 2″.
The articles are written by personal finance enthusiasts (not certified professionals) based on their personal experience. What works for them may or may not work for you, and you should always consult a financial advisor before making important financial decisions.
In accordance with FTC guidelines, we disclose that we have a financial relationship with companies mentioned in this website. This may include receiving access to free products and services for product and service reviews and giveaways.
Any references to third party products, rates, or websites are subject to change without notice. We do our best to maintain current information, but due to the rapidly changing environment, some information may have changed since it was published. Please do the appropriate research before participating in any third party offers.