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Is your headboard getting squeaky and wobbly? Lucky you!  

Actually an old loose headboard is more than a little annoying, not to mention unattractive.  Clearly, you need something beautiful, homemade and recycled to impress your "friends".  This instructable will show you how to make a frame and panel design headboard with a minimal amount of effort.  This design is highly customizable to fit your particular bedframe and color preferences.  You can also customize what you put in the window frame (Plywood, Acrylic, ?).  If you want to get fancy you could create a light-box in the window frame or laser etch the panels.

The basic idea here is to find an old window and make a simple frame, glue it together and attach it to the bed.  No need for complicated joints or routers. Read on...
 
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Step 1: You will need some things.

Parts and prices
1. One old window - sturdy, wood, approximately 18" x 60"x1.5". I purchased this at my local recycled building materials store.  Most large cities will have a similar store.  Don't worry if the glass is broken, you will remove it = $0-$20
2. Wood to frame this window. The type of wood is up to you.  I used 10 feet of 8/4 Ash = $50. If you used pine 2x4s or douglas fir this would be considerably cheaper.
3. Wood glue (I like Tite-Bond II) = $4 
4. Wood screws #6 x 3/4 (about 20 screws)= $5
5. Assorted steel wool (or wire brush) to remove old paint = $2
6. Plywood 1/4" thick 4x8 sheet. The final size will actually be the size of your window, exactly (this is the backing). This doesn't have to be pretty, just sturdy = $11
7. Plywood to fill the window panes (or other material, like acrylic) = $20
8. Spray paint (optional) $2
9. Bracket to attach the headboard to your frame.  You may already have one on your current frame or there are many types available (see picture for a few options) = $12 (optional)

total: $125 (about $100 if you use pine 2x4's)

Tools
1. Tablesaw or bandsaw- it would also be possible to use a circular saw or handsaw but this would be a bit cumbersome.
2. Clamps for glue-up
3. Electric screwdriver or drill
4. Tape measure

*you should have a current bedframe that could be bolted to this headboard.  
** I don't have a garage in San Francisco so I made this at the tech shop.



This is fantastic! I would love to sleep on a bed like this - the construction looks easy to make and it could be so solid if it is made correctly. thank you for yet another fun project idea!
dimtick2 years ago
Really Nice Job!!!!!!!!!
this reminds me of a project i did where i took a window and replaced the panes with mirrors, then trimmed it out and hung it on the wall as a dressing mirror. it's ok but not as nice as this. i really like the look of the black frame with the natural wood.
my only commecnt, which you may have done, is that you should cut the plywood window pane inserts from 1 piece so that the panels are sequence matched.
grammers (author)  dimtick2 years ago
Thanks! Actually it is pretty hard to see but I tried to sequence match those panes. I didn't include that in the instructions and it was actually an after thought that happened to ork out. I really like your dressing mirror idea. It would be cool if you could find two matching windows, one for the headboard and one for the mirror.
CementTruck2 years ago
I'll have to say, this is a pretty ingenious idea. I'm going to have to raid the local Habitat For Humanity store for old windows.

I've been wanting to do something like this from scratch for quite some time, but I wanted to use some wrought iron from an old fence or gate instead of wood (step 6) for the squares.
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grammers (author)  CementTruck2 years ago
Thanks! That looks pretty. Or you could use the curvy parts from old metal chandeliers?