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...
Step 1: You will need some things.
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)
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.