DIY Barn Door Headboard

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Hey there!  I’m back to share this super cute full-sized headboard that I built for our sons platform bed!

DIY-Barn-Door-HeadboardIf you missed the tutorial for the platform bed on wheels, you can check it out HERE! You can find the bedding HERE at Pottery Barn!

This is a very easy and quick build so it’s great for beginners as well! Total cost in lumber is about $60!!!  Here’s how I made it!

ridgid-sawThis is one of my first projects to do in my new work shop, eeeek!!!  It’s still a work in progress but it’s nice to have space for my saw and shop vac 🙂

post-measurmentsI started by cutting 2 2×6 boards @53″.  These will be the end posts of the headboard.

1x4-plank-measurmentsThen, I cut 14 1×4’s at 30 1/4″

planked-headboardand drilled 3/4″ Kreg Jig pocket holes down the length of each board and one at each end of the boards, facing out (so they can drill into the 2×6 and 2×4 frame).  I clamped the joints together and attached them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

join-frameNext, I cut 2 2×4’s at 49 1/2″ (cut this measurement to fit the length of your planked 1×4’s).  These will the be the top and bottom trim around the planks. I started by attaching the top piece to one 2×6 board using my Kreg Jig and 3/4″ pocket holes that I drilled into the 1×4’s and secured with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.  Make this piece flush with the top of the 2×6.

attach-planks-to-frameTo make the planks easy to attach to the frame, I laid scrap 1×4 boards down and placed the planks on top of them.  This will help keep the planks flush with the back of the frame.

pocket-holesOnce you attach the planks to the side and top pieces of the frame, add the bottom 2×4 and side 2×6.  You can see my pocket holes above.  Notice the holes around the perimeter of the planks.  I should have thought ahead and drilled those holes into the planks before assembling the piece but live and learn.  It’s easier to drill into 1 board than a huge planked piece 😉

adding-barn-door-piecesNow for the barn door trim 🙂  I cut 1 1×4 piece at 30 1/4″  and 2 pieces at 35 1/4″ long point to short point, not parallel and both ends cut at a 31.6 degree angle.  (This is the hard stop measurement set on the miter saws for a 90 degree crown molding.  To attach them, I used wood glue and Ryobi Airstrike nailer.  I placed the straight board down the center of the headboard and the other two pieces will fit corner to corner.

trim-measurmentsFor the final pieces on the headboard, I cut 1 1×3″ 62 1/4″ and 1 2×[email protected] 64 1/4″.

nail-trimI used wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike nailer to attach the 1×3 board to the frame, leaving a 1″ overhang on both ends and flush with the back of the frame.  I then added the 2×4 with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.

diy-headboardWahoo!!!!  Time to stain 🙂

Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutFor the finish, I used Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain!

finished-headboardJust apply one coat, let it dry for about 5 minutes and wipe it with a clean cloth to even the stain throughout.

DIY-Platform-Bed-on-WheelsTo attach it to the platform frame, I used 3 1/s” wood screws and drove them from the back of the headboard into the frame.  Super EASY!!!


DIY-Barn-Door-HeadboardI am soooo thrilled with the way this bed turned out 🙂  I can’t wait to get started on the rest of his bedroom furniture but, I need to get busy on the other kiddos beds first 😉 You can find the bedding HERE at Pottery Barn!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Sarah Venables on January 6, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I made the diy king size bed yall have plans for and there was a printable version that ,made it incredibly easy. Do you have that for this one?

  2. Amber on January 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Is there a list of supplies for this headboard?

  3. thomas barnard on December 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Do you have these plans in PDF???

  4. Michael M Helgoth on December 18, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I made this with some modifications. It looks AMAZING, and a wonderful gift for my wife!! Wish I could add a picture of it.

  5. John on November 25, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Do you know what the dimension on a king size bed

  6. Cory J King on October 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Is there a link for this along with the a supply list

  7. Ash Brillin on October 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    What kind of lumber did you use? Was it pine?

  8. Tee Rueschhoff on August 6, 2018 at 7:55 am

    This is a great looking headboard, using your instructions to make ours out of aged 1×6 cedar fencing

  9. Laurie on March 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Do you have a material list?

  10. Amanda on March 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Hey Ladies – is there a PDF version of these plans available which outline exactly what supplies I need to buy in terms of lumber? Looking to make it in a queen size!

  11. Jeff on March 2, 2018 at 10:52 am


    Do you have these plans for a King or Queen size bed??

  12. Melissa Wheeler on October 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Do you have the plans and material list for a queen size headboard?

  13. Sarah Holick on April 24, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Did you ever put a polyurethane coat over the stain?

    • Dale Sabin on February 19, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Yes you can,

  14. Ragan on December 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Does anyone know what kind of wood (pine, cedar, etc) was used for this? Recommendations? I want to do this, but keep hearing about lumbers warping in shape.

    • deden on January 7, 2016 at 10:18 am

      I am definitely not an expert, but looks to me like it’s probably pine. I don’t know much about warping, but maybe try the better lumber at the store (ex: Lowes has regular and Top Choice and the TC is supposed to be better cuts with fewer knots, bends, etc).

  15. Jer on August 6, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Could you send me the plans for the frame please! I think I might try this for my son’e double bed. Also do you have plans for a dresser and night table?

    • Porky roper on February 17, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Please email the plans for building the hole bed ([email protected]

  16. Kimberly Bartlow Wolter on July 8, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Love this bed! What color are the walls? I love how this all goes together nicely!

  17. amy on June 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I love the way this turned out SO much! As always, thank you for the plans!

    • Gaby Hallon on July 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Amy,
      your bed looks amazing!! i want to build this bed for my teenager son. what kind of wood did you use? and once you set your mattress on top: is it above the bed frame or is the mattress gets a little inside the platform frame?
      Thanks in advance,

      • amy on July 7, 2016 at 1:38 am

        Hey Gaby! I actually just used whitewood (pine) from HD. Stained with Minwax’s dark walnut. As for the frame, since I already had my boxspring, I just built it around it, and my mattress sits on top 🙂 So it has that “floating” look to it- but I didn’t have the need to build slats. Thank you for the compliment!! Let me know if you have any other questions!

        • Gaby Hallon on July 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

          thank you for your answer!! does the frame covers the whole boxspring or half? I will not use a boxspring but I do want the mattress to be at leas 1/3 inside the frame

  18. Jessica Sanford Martinez on May 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hi, is it possible to get a plan for a twin sized bed? Thank you so much!

  19. Libby on January 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I am really curious where you got your wood for $60?? we priced everything according to the sizes and cuts and it was over $100 at both Lowes and Home depot =(

  20. Heather on October 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Do you have measurements for a king size headboard and platform? If so, could you please email them to me at [email protected]

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