Pallet Headboard // DIY
I've been getting alot of questions about the pallet headboard in our master bedroom. So I decided to revamp this old post and share it for those of you looking for a new summer DIY project!
The most difficult part was probably getting some decent pallets. Some larger factories, packaging companies, and secondhand / recycling home stores offer wooden pallets for a cheap price or even free. Keep your eyes peeled for such opportunities in your neighborhood.
I’ve described the process we used to assemble our pallet headboard below:
1) Measure the width and height you would like to have the final headboard fill. Then use these dimensions to create a frame for the headboard using pieces of 2x4 wood. You'll want to leave some space for the pallet pieces to overlap the wood frame. Our frame measures 64” tall by 60” wide and fits a Queen sized bed. Tip: Logan used metal L-brackets to secure the corners of the frame. You can find some at Lowe’s for about $0.25 each.
2) Disassemble the pallets. We used a sawzall to save some time. You should be left with long slats of wood. Be sure to remove or saw off any nails that are still protruding from the back of the wood pieces. Logan recommends using a metal blade to cut the nails. This leaves the boards and nail heads intact, adding to the rustic finish.
3) Carefully sand the wood pieces with an electric sander. We used an orbital sander, starting with 60 grit sandpaper and worked up to a 120 grit. When finished, the wood pieces should feel smooth to the touch. If you prefer a more rustic finish [like us], be careful to not over sand the wood as it may loose some of its grooves and knots.
4) Pick a stain that suits the decor and style in your home. We chose Minwax Dark Ebony [oil-based].
5) Use variations of the stain to create some differences in color between the boards. For example, I mixed boards stained traditionally, some mixed with a bit of water, and some that were saturated with water and then stained. The final coloring of the boards match, but don’t appear too perfect. If you’d like, you can also use different stains to create more contrast between the boards.
6) When the boards are completely dry, start laying out the pieces on the frame that you assembled in Step 1. This step is kind of like puzzle, but dependent on personal taste. Some boards will tend to fit a together more naturally than others. It took us several attempts before we decided on a layout we [both] liked. Tip: Once you’ve settled on a layout, number the back of the boards. This will help with the final assembly and allow you to take a break for a cold beverage [beer].
7) Secure the boards to the frame using nails. Depending on the width of the board, you may need nails ranging from 1” to an 1.5”. Just be sure that the nail drives through the board and into the frame to create a secure fit. We found that 1.5” nails worked best for us. As a final touch, I applied a bit of stain to the nail heads so that they would blend with the distressed wood.
8) Place the finished product in your room. Tip: We secured the headboard to the wall using a wire and tapcon secured to the [brick] wall. The wire provides added support, since most of the weight is on the two posts of the frame.
The personalized headboard will be a standout piece in your home. And it feels pretty good to tell guests that you made it, especially if you're that girl who almost failed shop class [this girl]!
Let us know if you try this project or what kind of other Pinterest projects you've done around your house. Good luck!