Are you waking up stiff and tired every morning? Does your mattress have matching his and hers dips? Chances are you need a new mattress. Old mattresses lose their ability to properly support your body and overtime wear down leaving them less than comfortable. My queen size mattress was 12 years old. It had seen us through our honeymoon phase, late night feedings with 3 infants and the many times we have woken up to the entire family in the bed. A few months ago, my husband and I came across an amazing deal on a king size mattress. Knowing that our other one had served its purpose and it was time to up grade our mattress for our growing family. It was sleep at first lay!
The problem is when you purchase a new mattress, especially a different size, your current bedroom accessories don’t work. We had to purchase new sheets, new blankets, new pillows and a new headboard to cover this massive mattress. It has been almost 12 years since I purchased my last bedroom set, so I was a little out of the loop on the price, style and selection available. I searched high and low, but couldn’t come up with a headboard that both hubby and I could agree on. We knew we wanted wood with lights and love the idea of a rustic look. When our search fell short, the only solution was to make it our self.
My husband and I are what you call “weekend builders”. We finished our basement our self (with the help of my dad), built our own deck out back (with the help of his dad) and replaced odds and ends around the house. We are not professionals, but have a basic idea of what we wanted and what we needed to do. Our first stop was to the local HomeDepot for supplies. We received amazing help from one of the workers in the stain department who helps us select our wood (we learned cedar is toxic to the touch and not a great idea for a headboard) and she helped us choose the best stain for our project. Once we loaded up and we headed home to make the magic happen!
How to Build a Wooden Headboard with Built in Lights
- Black Screws
- 3 2×4 beams
- 5 1x10x8 slats (we used
- 2 lights ( We used Aidan Swing Arm Lamps because they have switches on the their base)
- clean rag or paint brush
- Stain (We used MiniWax Water-Based Clear Tint Wood Stain)
- Sealer (We used MiniWax Water-Based Polycrylic)
Step 1: Cut your boards down to size. We wanted our headboard to go to the edges of our bed, so we cut them the 1×10 down to 76″. Our mattress, boxsprings and metal frame life our bed high off the ground. To make the 5 boards fit with spaces between them, we cut our 2×4 to 6 feet tall.
Step 2: Sand your edges. Whenever you cut wood there are always jagged ends. We used some sand paper to smooth out the edges and any knots that were sticking out.
Step 3: Stain your wood. Using a rag, we applied the stain on in nice even strokes. We covered the entire board and set it aside to dry for 24 hours. Then we applied another coat. Continue applying thin, even coats, until you achieve the colour you want.
Step 4: Seal your wood. Once your colour has dried, you need to seal it to protect it from water and wear and tear. We applied it with a rag in thin, even layers. Its very important make sure you don’t have any drip marks as they will show up later. Repeat in 24 hours.
Step 5: Assembling the headboard. Begin my attaching 2 of the 2×4 to the frame with screws.
Next place your first board just below your mattress sits and screw it onto the 2×4. We then slid the 3rd 2×4 behind and attached it to the first 1×10.
We wanted a space between our slats so we used tile coasters we had on our side tables. Placing them on top our our first slat, we added our next slat
We continued this process of attaching the slats to the 3 2×4 until the last slat was on. *Try keeping the black screws lined up for a finished look.
Step 6: Add lights. The lights we chose were designed in such away that the wire unattached from the light base making the installation easy. We simply drilled a hole in the frame where we wanted the lights placed, and threaded the wire through. Afterwards, we screwed the base of the light to the frame.
Now you can dress the bed and enjoy the beautiful headboard you have created!