Picture of Woven Headboard
This guide is for how to make a wall-mounted, woven headboard to go along with a platform bed (currently being worked on; instructable for that coming sooner or later).

This is a relatively simply and quick project, and all of the materials can be found at your local Lowes/Home Depot/etc. The wood will cost around $25, plus stain, finish, screws, etc.

The dimensions are for a queen-sized bed, but it could easily be scaled down/up for different sized beds.

What You Need:
1 piece, .25" x 4' x 8' hardwood plywood (I used birch)
2 pieces, 1" x 2" x 6' wood (I used pine)
(Optional) Wood stain
Clear finish (I used amber semi-gloss shellac)
#8 2" wood screws
Wood glue
Picture-hanging wire
Clamps and heavy things
(Optional) some sort of material or padding to protect your wall; I used the rubbery cabinet liner stuff (it's cheap & easy to cut & glue)
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Step 1: Choppin' Wood

Cut three 10" x 8' strips from the plywood

Cut each strip into 2 pieces, one 63", one 33"

Trim 2" from one of the 63" strips; save the cutoff for later

From the leftover plywood, cut a piece 10 x 35"

From that piece, trim a 2 x 10" piece

Then cut the resulting larger piece into two 5 x 33" pieces

Resulting Plywood Pieces:
2 - 10 x 63"
1 - 8 x 63"
1 - 2 x 63"
2 - 5 x 33"
3 - 10 x 33"
1 - 2 x 10"

Cut the 2 x 63" & 2 x 10" strips into 5"-ish pieces (you'll need 10 of them)

Frame Wood

Chop the 1" x 2" x 6" wood into:

2 - 2 x 53"
2 - 2 x 23"
runner63011 months ago
I made one of these last year with strips of 1/4" ply in a 1x3 frame stained black
jmacfarlane (author)  runner63011 months ago
That looks really nice; I kinda like it better than mine!
rolltidehank11 months ago
Beautiful project. Looks like that'd sell in a store for several hundred dollars. I'd use French cleat to hang it, but to each their own. Hope my wife will let me make one like yours!
jmacfarlane (author)  rolltidehank11 months ago
I didn't know French cleats were a thing before your comment; thanks! That does look to be a sturdier mounting option.
MAF4059 months ago
very niece this idea .... thanks
wjdiii11 months ago
Creative, elegant project!

Only alterations I would suggest have to do with finishing the project.

First, I would sand and finish b/f assembly to ensure consistency in the "corners" where the strips of plywood overlap. It seems to me that assembling first creates many difficult-to-sand areas, which also would be likely to collect puddles of excess finish. Finishing before assembling avoids both issues, although you would have to remember to leave the gluing surfaces unfinished.

Second, the clear finish in your photos looks blotchy/uneven. One method I have used for handling this are to use a stain sealer on the wood before applying the finish. This should create a uniform surface for the finish, leading to a more even coat. I have also had good luck with poly-based wipe on gel stains without using a stain sealer, and find them much easier to apply evenly than brush-on stains.

jmacfarlane (author)  wjdiii11 months ago
You could certainly finish before assembly; it would definitely make doing the sides easier.

The blotchiness is purely a result of using shellac. It's not absorbing differently, so a sealer wouldn't make a difference, but it dries super-fast, and the overlaps (the blotches) didn't really blend very well. I should've thinned it a bit before applying; but I actually like how it came out. Makes it look old.
EnergyHandyman11 months ago
Nice work!!!! I love sheet goods used in strips. So very clever!!!
SlickSqueegie11 months ago
Very clever design. Nice work.
gcanders11 months ago
I love the shellac. Great idea for a piece like this. If you attached 2 or 3 of these vertically, they would make a great room divider, too. I'm not sure why I would want a room divider, but if I do...this is the design.
klee27x11 months ago
Beautiful! I like the minimal use of lumber. I've build a bed frame before, but I couldn't see my way to butchering 30-40 pounds of hardwood to make a headboard.