A few years ago, I designed and built this headboard for my wife (fiance at the time) when we lived apart. It plugs into any 1 standard wall outlet, and includes 2 light switches for the overhead lights (3-way switches so either side would control them), and 4 regular outlets (2 on each side at the base) in order to accommodate anything we'd ever need to plug in on our side. I built it with the intent that no matter where we moved, no matter what room it went in, there would be outlets and lights for us - no more fighting over the 1 plug 10 feet away for our clocks and cell phone chargers! The original was made to fit a queen bed on one of those cheap metal frames with a box spring nestled in it.
Fast forward - 2 big dogs, and 1 kid later (with another on the way), we've decided it's time to get a KING SIZE BED. I can't really reuse this headboard anymore, so I've decided to start from scratch and build another! This time around, we decided to do a solid wood headboard (no padding or colors like the old one), and will also incorporate a platform bed with drawers.
Step 1: Materials List
I added about $20 in screws/nails because I buy those in bulk and had a supply of them already on hand.
This is approximately the order that I used the materials throughout the project, so if you wanted to buy in stages, just start at the top and work your way down.
In the end, the "guts" of the project totaled $350, and the wood flooring to cover was $50.