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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!!!

Barn-Door-Headboard-DIY

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!

What do you think?  Love it?  We always appreciate your social shares when you love our pieces!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Ashley

75 Comments

  1. Suzanne on January 19, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Hi Ashley! Love your site! I would also like to know if you use any wood conditioner before staining? I noticed you don’t mention it before staining any of your pieces. I use pine or white wood as well, and my stain always comes out blotchy despite sanding with 3 different grits of sandpaper. Can you give any advice on this please? Thank you

  2. Cody on July 16, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Hi! Do you have the dimensions to make this exact headboard but for a king size?

  3. Spencer Dunn on July 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Did you do any sanding? Did you use wood conditioner or a finish coat? Stain came out great.

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