How to Make a Metal Headboard Frame

What You'll Need
Hack saw
Soldering gun
Metal screws
Screwdriver set
Metal angel braces
1 x 1 inch hollow square metal poles
Tape measure
Protective goggles
Protective gloves

Making a metal headboard frame is a fun and inexpensive solution to adding character to your bed. There are several designer headboards you can create from one basic headboard frame design. Headboard frames can be made from many materials, wood, metal, even PVC pipe. Metal headboard frames provide a sturdy anchor for your headboard. With a little patience and a few tools you can build a new metal headboard frame in a few hours.

Step 1 – Measure

Mattresses come in standard sizes, a twin mattress is 39 x 75 inches, a full is 54 x 75 inches, a queen is 76 x 80 inches, a king is 76 x 80 inches and a California king is 72 x 84 inches. If you are attaching the headboard frame to the mattress frame you need exact measurements. This instruction allows you to simply lean the frame up behind the bed. Always measure the width from bed frame edge to bed frame edge for precise measurements. The bottom horizontal pole of the headboard frame should run just above the bed frame. Determine the height you wish the frame to extend above the bed, measure from the ground up to the height.

Step 2 – Purchase Materials

You will need 5 hollow square poles for a standard frame. Frame design consists of 2 vertical poles and 3 horizontal poles. Take accurate measurements and have the poles cut where you purchase them, you can have any holes you need in the poles drilled at the same time. You can make the cuts yourself with a hacksaw but a professional cut is best and generally done at no cost.

Step 3 – Attach the Brackets

In a area large enough to construct the frame, lay the two vertical poles and the top horizontal pole together creating an upside down U. Attach the angle brackets to connect the horizontal pole to the two vertical poles. Do not tighten the screw completely. Attach the second horizontal pole to the area measured just above the height of the bed frame. You have created a square, center the third pole in the square as a brace and attach it, face the angle bracket down when attaching this pole. This gives the headboard frame stability. Tighten all the screws.

Step 4 - Paint the Frame

Whether your final design includes any of the metal to be exposed or not, it is a good idea to paint the frame with some sort of protective covering.  Spray paint is the best solution. Stand the frame up in an open area. Protect the area with paper or a tarp. Use light strokes in an up and down manner to coat the metal. Let the paint dry between coats according to the manufactures instructions. It will take at least two coats to get complete coverage. You can finish your headboard design with your headboard frame.