How to Make a Futon Headboard

What You'll Need

There are a number of reasons why you should add a headboard to your futon bed. A headboard is a great way of making the best use of that space behind the futon, which would otherwise just reveal the skirting board. Headboards usually only serve to stop your pillows from falling off of the end of an ordinary bed, but with a futon headboard you can have a really interesting talking point for guests and visitors. While making your own futon headboard can seem a little daunting at first, it is quite easy to do with the right knowledge, and you will be able to get this task completed quickly and without too much effort. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Cut the Wood

The first step is to cut the wood so that you can make the headboard. Measure the length of your futon across the front side, where the pillows are laid. This may be different from the foot end (you’d be surprised), so measure it carefully. Then take the wood and lay it upon a flat surface such as a table or workbench. Cut it to the right length, and then cut it to a suitable height. How high you will need this to be is entirely up to you. Once you have sawed through it, use some sandpaper to dust down the  wood.

Step 2 – Fit Brackets

Fit your newly cut headboard to the end of the bed. You will have to put in place a series of brackets to support the board. As you have a futon, these brackets will have to be fitted into the floor. Make the upright part of the bracket face the futon, so that the wood is always supported away from your head. Use strong screws to attach the brackets to the floor, and then raise the tip a little so that the wood is supported from that side, too.

Step 3 – Screw in the Headboard

Once that is completed, you will have to take your headboard over to the bed, and screw it to the brackets. You may need a friend to help you lift it if it is a bit heavy, but once you put in the first few screws you should be able to tighten it down without assistance. Screw in all of the screws through the brackets without making them fast, as tightening the first can make the last screw slip out of position. Once all the screws are in, you can go around and tighten them up.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to varnish or paint the headboard to make it fit the rest of the room. Choose a color that will bring out the grain, without damaging the attractiveness of the wood in the first place. Leave to dry.