DIY Wood Pallet Headboard

DIY HeadboardDIY Pallet Headboard

Supplies Needed:  This is for a Full size Headboard.   [Mine in the picture is a King, if you need help with dimensions, let me know.]

  • Wood Pallets – However many pieces it takes to fill up the sheet of Plywood.  That will depend on the size you decide to make and how wide your pieces are in your design.
  • Stain (See Staining Step Below)
  • 37.5″ x 52″ 1/4″ Thick Plywood
  • Wood Glue – [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002YQ378″ locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Titebond III Wood Glue 4 oz[/easyazon_link]
  • Two 2′ x 6′ Boards cut to 53″.  I used Common Boards from Home Depot, just make sure they are straight.
  • One 1′ x 3′ Board cut to 65″
  • One 2′ x 4′ Board cut to 67″

Tools I used:

  • Tape Measure – If you are new to building or not that great with fractions, be sure to buy a Fractional Scale Tape Measure.  All of the fractions are printed by the marks along with the inches.
  • Hammer
  •  [easyazon_link identifier=”B01IRPRR4Q” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Ridgid R3031 Fuego One Handed Reciprocating Saw[/easyazon_link]
  •  [easyazon_link identifier=”B001NIRNWG” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Ridgid R2601 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander[/easyazon_link]
  • Kreg Jig  [easyazon_link identifier=”B001DYFISG” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System[/easyazon_link]
  • Nail Gun – I chose to purchase this set from Porter Cable (Sorry Ridgid) because it was a great deal.  You get the air compressor, one brad nailer, one finishing nailer and a staple gun.  [easyazon_link identifier=”B009NR3R6A” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]PORTER-CABLE PCFP12234 3-Tool Combo Kit[/easyazon_link]

 

Pallets for DIY HeadboardStep One – Take Wood Pallets Apart

Find yourself a few used pallets that are still in pretty good shape so you can use of most of the boards.  This will save you time by having to take apart more pallets.  I took them apart with a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01IRPRR4Q” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Ridgid R3031 Fuego One Handed Reciprocating Saw[/easyazon_link] much easier than a crow bar, unless you have lots of upper body muscle!  

 

 DIY Headboard Sanded PalletsStep Two – Choose Boards, Cut & Sand

This part is like putting a puzzle together.  Lay out the pieces you think look the best for your design.  I cut mine to different lengths, that is your call, YOU are the Designer!  Now it is time to sand each piece, I have a [easyazon_link identifier=”B001NIRNWG” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Ridgid Orbital Sander[/easyazon_link],  which works really well.

 

DIY Pallet Headboard

 Step Three – Choose Stain Shades

I only use [easyazon_link identifier=”B001CESFSM” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Minwax 70012444 Wood Finish Penetrating Stain, quart[/easyazon_link].  I have had great results.  Because there are different types of boards from the pallets I used, I was able to get six different shades from only using three stains.  Stain the pieces and let dry for 24 hours, regardless of what the directions tell you.  The pieces must be 100% dry before you glue them to the plywood. 

 

DIY Pallet HeadboardStep Four – Glue Stained Pieces to Plywood

 Glue one piece at a time and use clamps to secure wood to plywood while drying.  I used [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002YQ378″ locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Titebond III Wood Glue 4 oz[/easyazon_link].  You can un-clamp and keep gluing more pieces because it dries pretty fast.  I had a little space leftover on the plywood so I purchased a few pieces of trim from Home Depot.  Let the glue dry at least 24 Hours.  

DIY Pallet Headboard  View Standing Upright

 

 

 

DIY Headboard Step Five Step Five – Add Side Legs & Top Board

Add the sides first, then secure the two top boards.  This is where you will finally get to use the [easyazon_link identifier=”B001DYFISG” locale=”US” nw=”n” nf=”n” tag=”lipst0b-20″ cart=”y” cloak=”y” localize=”y” popups=”y”]Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System[/easyazon_link]!

You can find the plans here thanks to Shanty-2-Chic!  DIY-Planked-Headboard

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “DIY Wood Pallet Headboard

  1. I have been bugging my husband about trying a DIY headboard project with me for months and am so excited that we found one that we can both agree upon~not too girly and shouldn t take us more than a day or so! Thanks for the lovely post and pretty photos!

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  2. Awesome!! So glad you liked my post. I would love to see pictures of how yours turns out, let me know if you need help. Good luck and have fun.

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  3. Tammy Galloway

    We are attempting this headboard for our daughter. She has a queen size mattress & frame. Can you help with the dimensions?

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  4. A King mattress is 76″ wide and a Queen is 60″ so I would subtract 16″ from the plywood measurement. That should get you started. Keep the leg posts the same dimensions, just alter the two top board measurements to frame out the top of the headboard. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good Luck!

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