DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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Tools and Materials

N.B.  The headboard I made attaches to a basic metal bedframe.  As a result, it was best for me to place posts on the outside of the main platform piece.  The platform piece is the large rectangular piece that sits between the posts and is made from several smaller pieces of wood.  If you have any other type of bedframe, please adjust your plans accordingly.  The posts are not necessary if you plan to attach the platform to the wall.  Now let’s begin.


  1. Compound miter saw (or any other power saw)
  2. Drill
  3. Orbital sander or hand sander
  4. 120 and 220 grit sandpaper
  5. Rags for the stains
  6. Brushes for the finish


  1. 2″ x 6″ x 6′ pine boards (about 7 pieces)
  2. 4″ x 4″ x 6′ posts (2 pieces)
  3. 2-4 different colors of stain
  4. Polyurethane finish
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Brock Berglund

Brock the DIY'er behind the Self-Made Man, which focuses on helping people live decidedly more independent, self-sufficient, and sustainable lifestyles. Topics include salvaging, woodworking, gardening, tailoring, dieting, and minimalistic living.