How to Make a Headboard from Cardboard

What You'll Need
Saw or scissors

There are a number of reasons why you should improve the headboard on your bed. A headboard is a great way of making the best use of that space. Headboards usually only serve to stop your pillows from falling off of the end but with a cardboard   headboard you can have a really interesting talking point for guests and visitors. While making your own cardboard   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 Cardboard

The first step is to cut the cardboard so that you can make the headboard. Measure the length of your bed 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 board 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 cut through it, make sure that the ends are nice and level.

Step 2 – Fit Brackets

Next you will have to 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. The brackets should be one at each end, and at least one in the middle. Screw each bracket into place. And then push up the ends, so that the board will not slip out of the bottom.

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 base. 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 board 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 conceal the cardboard, while showing off the attractive features of your headboard. Once the paint is dry, you can cut the top of the headboard into attractive shapes, or you can leave it as a plain, square board.