How to Design Wood Headboards

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Graph paper
Scanner and printer (to create full size template)

Designing wood headboards is an easy way to customize the look of your bedroom. When you customize your own, you don't have to settle for something that you aren't quite happy with. If you want to create your own design for a headboard, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here's what you need to customize your own headboard design.

Step 1: Get Proper Dimensions

Most bed sizes will have pretty standard dimensions. Unless you have a custom sized bed, you can use this outline to find how large your bed is in measurable units. Twin beds are typically 39 x 75 inches. Full beds are 54 x 75. Queens are 60 X 80 inches, and Kings are 76 X 80. This is important to know so you can plan accordingly. You can add a few inches to the width of the bed to give you a perfectly centered headboard.

Once you have the proper width, you can work on deciding on the height of the headboard. If you plan on attaching the headboard directly to the wall, you can measure from the highest point of the bed up to where you want the headboard to crown. If you are going to attach it to the bed frame, you will want to measure from the point where it will attach up to the crown.

Step 2: Scale a Design

Once you have your measurements, you can begin the actual design process. Using graph paper is the easiest way to do this. You can determine a certain number of inches per square since all the squares on the graph are the same size. Mark out the outer edges of the dimensions, and you can begin to design around this.

Step 3: Determine a Type of Wood

Some wood may be better than others depending on the style of your bed and the look you are wanting to achieve. Hardwoods such as Walnut, Teak, Oak, Cherry, Rosewood, and Maple are good for furniture projects. Oak is the most durable. If you aren't wanting to stain the wood, but want a darker color, cherry or rosewood will have darker finishes. Softwoods can be used for headboards if you are attaching them to walls since they won't have to bear any weight. Pine, fur, cedar, redwood, or spruce are softwood varieties that can be easily used for your project. Many people enjoy using softwoods such as cedar or redwood for bedroom furniture because it will resist rot while letting out a pleasant outdoor fragrance naturally.

Step 4: Purchase Materials and Begin Cutting

Once you have design, you can create a full model scale of it. This will serve as the outline or template for the project. You can purchase the materials you need, lay the design out on the wood, and begin to trace the design. From there, it's just a matter of gathering the appropriate mounting materials, finishing, and installing the headboard.