Introduction: DIY Geometric Headboard

About: Hi, I’m Sam! Full time psychologist and woodworker! I build things and publish plans. Check out my website and YouTube channel for more project ideas!

Now that the living space in my apartment is complete, it’s time to start focusing on the hot mess that we call our bedroom. I have honestly been drooling over those trendy geometric feature walls that have been popping up all over the internet, but my landlord wouldn’t be too happy with me if I installed one in our rental. So, to scratch my accent wall itch in a way that will still get me my deposit back, I decided to create a DIY geometric wood headboard instead!


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Step 1: Game Plan & Sizing

To begin this project, I created a design in Illustrator and basically laid out a bunch of rectangles at 45 and 90 degree angles until I was happy with my design. I made sure to print this to have on hand in my shop as I built. You can see my full design plan on my website!

After you've created a game plan and determined the size of your plywood backer and then cut it to size using a circular saw (if you don’t have a circular saw, you can have your plywood cut at your local home improvement store).

I determined the size headboard I needed by measuring the width of my bed frame and then subtracted 3″from the width to account for the 1 x 2 border pieces. I cut my headboard backer to 36 x 51″.

Step 2: Start Your Cuts

Next, I began to cut my first few 1×2 pieces (starting with the longest ones). I cut them both with 45 degree angles at each end. I didn’t worry too much about them being perfect because I will be trimming any excess overhang with a circular saw later.

Step 3: Layout Your Pieces

Next, I began to layout my first two pieces. I worked with the longest pieces first and used a carpenter’s square to make sure they were perfectly straight.

Step 4: Attach Your Pieces

Once I was happy with the layout of the first two pieces, I sanded the plywood backer and the 1 x 2 pieces to 220 grit and began to apply them to the board using a combination of wood glue and CA glue before nailing them into place with my pin nailer.

Since pin nails aren’t the strongest bond right away, the Rapid Fuse works as a clamp while the wood glue cures the wood and the pin nails into place. Probably overkill, but, I didn’t want any pieces falling on my head when I’m sleeping!

Step 5: Keep Going

At this point, I just continued this process until I completed my entire design. I did have to alternate between cutting my pieces at 45 degrees and 90 degrees depending on the piece. I used a 1 x 2 spacer piece on it’s side to break up the pattern and keep consistent spacing when working.

Step 6: Trim the Excess

Once all of the pieces were in place, it was time to trim the excess using my circular saw.

Step 7: Cut the Border

Next, I cut 1 x 2 pieces of wood to use as border pieces. I then sanded them and painted them with black spray paint.

Step 8: Fill the Gaps

As those dried, I filled in any gaps and holes in my piece using wood filler, which I tinted to the same color as the stain I was using on my headboard.

Step 9: Sand & Finish

I then sanded the entire piece to 220 grit and stained the entire headboard with a walnut colored stain.

Step 10: Attach the Border

I then attached the border pieces to the headboard using my wood adhesives and pin nails.

Step 11: Hang It Up!

Last step was to attach some heavy duty d-ring hooks to the back and hang the headboard on the wall in our bedroom!

Step 12: Admire Your Handy Work!