How to Design a Panel Headboard

What You'll Need
Tape measure
A drill and bits
A jig saw
Two pieces of 1/2-inch plywood, 4x8 feet
One 2x4 piece of lumber
One strip of 4-inch wide crown molding
2 pairs of mounting brackets

When shopping around or reading advertisements from furniture stores, you will surely notice how a panel headboard lends elegance and style to any bedroom. However, a panel headboard is always expensive. Here's how to design and create your very own custom-made panel headboard.

You will have to decide if you are going to mount the finished product to your bed or not, as you will need brackets for that. If your bed is not suitable for a mounted headboard, you can leave this headboard to stand on the floor behind your bed. Should you find that it moves too much, you will need the brackets to mount it to the wall. 

Step 1: Measuring

Decide how high you need your panel headboard. With a pencil, mark a spot on the wall to indicate the height. Measure the height from the spot you marked down to the floor and then deduct the legs' 30 inches from your height measurement. Measure the width of the bed. Mark down these final length and width measurements onto the two plywood sheets in order to secure a straight cut.

Step 2: Cutting the Boards

Cut the two boards according to your pencil marks. Cut the two side panels the same length as the headboard, but only 4 inches wide. Cut the base of the panel headboard the same size as the width of your headboard and 4 inches wide. Finally, cut the two legs 30 inches in length from the 2x4.

Step 3: Create the Headboard

Mount each of the two 30-inch legs to a corner edge of the 4-inch wide headboard base panel, and screw together tightly. This is the panel headboard base. Take the two side panels and line them up with the side edges of the two headboard pieces (front and back), using the utmost precision. Screw the four panels together tightly. You have now created a four panel headboard box. Carefully line up the base (legs with base panel) with the headboard box and screw them together. Cut the 4-inch crown molding the same length as the headboard width. Line it up precisely and screw it tightly onto the panel headboard box to create the top decoration for your headboard.

Step 4: Stain the Headboard

Stain the headboard as you prefer and leave it to dry completely. Then repeat layers as needed, leaving it to dry before the next layer.